Match of the Round
Lambton Jaffas 1-2 Newcastle Olympic
Lambton lost touch with Broadmeadow at the top of the table after Newcastle Olympic came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory over the Jaffas on Saturday.
Two goals in seven minutes late in the second half was enough for Olympic to turn around their deficit and take the three points from Arthur Edden Oval.
Both sides were backing up from midweek FFA Cup matches as they each advanced to the fifth round. Lambton eliminated Zone League 2 side Bolwarra Lorn 13-0 on Wednesday night, while Olympic thrashed HIT Northern League One club Cooks Hill United 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Lambton started well enough and took the lead on 17 minutes through Scott Pettit.
Michael Sessions played in Luke Remington down the left with a sweeping pass, with Remington’s cross falling to Pettit who fired home into the top right corner past Daniel Eisenhauer.
The visitors waited until the 71st minute to draw level after Lambton failed to deal with a long clearance down field.
Jared Muller got in behind the Jaffas defenders before the ball fell for Rhys Cooper. Cooper then dinked a pinpoint cross to the back post, where Jed Hornery volleyed home unmarked.
Olympic were in front six minutes later when a rash Reece Pappas challenge brought down Kane Treble in the penalty area after he had been played in down the left.
Muller took responsibility from the penalty spot, keeping a cool head to send Ben Kennedy the wrong way and give Olympic the lead.
The day went from bad to worse for Lambton when Andrew Pawiak was sent off in added time.
The defeat saw Lambton slip to third on the table, four points behind Broadmeadow. While Olympic’s victory saw them climb to 12 points level with the Jaffas.
Lambton will look to bounce back quickly when they travel to Magic Park to face Broadmeadow in another highly anticipated Match of the Round on Saturday.
Olympic will look to score a fourth win in a row when they face Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.
Lake Macquarie City 0-1 Charlestown Azzurri
Charlestown Azzurri remained within touching distance of the top five with an important 1-0 victory over Lake Macquarie City on Friday night.
The victory broke a five-game winless run for Azzurri, with the three points leaving them in seventh place two points outside the top five.
Azzurri took the lead six minutes before half-time at Macquarie Field after a half-cleared cross eventually fell for Harrison Frendo, whose low drive from outside the penalty area made its way through a crowd of legs and past Shayne Van As.
The match erupted in the 41st minute when both sides had a player sent off.
Lakes midfielder Nick Cowburn was shown a straight red card for his reaction to a challenge as he crossed the ball, while Azzurri’s Zac Lloyd was sent off for his involvement in the ensuing chaos.
Azzurri held on to secure the three points, while Lakes were left to rue what might have been again. The defeat was their fourth by a single goal already this season.
Lakes will look to bounce back when they face Weston on Saturday evening, while Charlestown will want to build on their momentum when they host Newcastle Olympic on Sunday.
Edgeworth FC 2-0 Weston Workers FC
Edgeworth climbed into the top five with a hard fought 2-0 victory over Weston Workers on Sunday.
James Scott gave the Eagles the lead three minutes into the second half at Jack McLaughlan Oval having been given his chance in the starting XI, with Scott pouncing on a loose ball before rolling his finish past Scott Carter.
The Eagles doubled their advantage on the hour mark with a lovely passing move finished off by Jeremy Brockie.
The reigning premiers climbed above the Bears into fifth place on goal difference.
The Bears will look to bounce back when they host Lake Macquarie City on Saturday evening, while Edgeworth take on struggling Valentine on Sunday.
Broadmeadow Magic 3-0 Adamstown Rosebud
Broadmeadow maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign with a hard fought 3-0 win over Adamstown Rosebud.
Broadmeadow finally broke the deadlock after a scoreless first half at Magic Park when Jarred Baker bundled home a Mitch Rooke cross just past the hour mark.
Magic doubled their advantage 10 minutes from full-time when Rooke tapped home a James Virgili cross.
The hosts added a third five minutes later when Sam Haren marked his debut with a goal after Rooke’s free kick had been saved.
Magic remain top of the NPL NNSW table, one point clear of Maitland, while Adamstown remain ninth.
Broadmeadow will look to maintain their unbeaten start when they host Lambton in the Match of the Round on Saturday evening, while Adamstown host Maitland on Saturday afternoon.
Maitland FC 4-0 Valentine FC
A Ty Cousins double helped Maitland maintain the pressure on Broadmeadow at the top of the table as the Magpies scored a convincing 4-0 victory over Valentine on Sunday.
Maitland took the lead just before the half-hour mark at Cooks Square Park via an own goal before Cousins scored his first a minute before half-time, cutting back onto his right foot before firing a slightly deflected effort into the roof of the net.
Cousins scored his second on 65 minutes after good work down the left from Alex Read.
Valentine were reduced to 10 men 10 minutes from full-time when captain Joel Wood was sent off for throwing a ball which hit an assistant referee.
Joseph Melmeth then added a fourth in added time with a powerful left foot strike.
The win saw Maitland climb to second place, one point behind Broadmeadow, while Valentine remain last.
The Magpies will look to maintain the pressure on Broadmeadow when they travel to Adamstown Oval to face Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday, while Valentine will face another tough test when they host reigning premiers and champions Edgeworth on Sunday.