NPL NNSW Round 7 Review

May 17th, 2021

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Match of the Round

Broadmeadow Magic 1-2 Lambton Jaffas

Lambton Jaffas ended a week of turmoil off the pitch by ending Broadmeadow’s unbeaten start to the campaign with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

Scott Pettit gave Lambton the lead inside the opening 10 minutes at Magic Park when he headed home a Luke Remington cross following a flowing Jaffas passing moving.

There were less than 20 minutes to play when Broadmeadow found an equaliser after Lambton failed to deal with a deep cross to the back post.

Magic defender Luke Virgili did brilliantly to keep the ball in play, volleying a cross for James Virgili to control and fire a slightly deflected effort past Jaffas goalkeeper Ben Kennedy.

But Lambton refused to quit and pushed on despite the setback, with the visitors earning the chance to secure a late winner.

Kale Bradbery broke into the Magic penalty area with eight minutes to play and squared the ball for Remington. His effort at goal struck Broadmeadow defender Jon Griffiths on the arm, with referee Andrew Higgins pointing to the penalty spot.

Lambton defender Reece Papas, who conceded a penalty in Jaffas’ defeat to Newcastle Olympic last week, took the responsibility and sent Magic goalkeeper Nate Cavaliere the wrong way to restore Lambton’s advantage.

The visitors held on to secure an important victory, with the three points seeing them climb to third, one point behind Broadmeadow and three points behind leaders Maitland.

It was an impressive effort from Lambton, with the club losing first grade coach James Pascoe on Monday after the grand final winning coach departed due to personal reasons.

The defeat saw Magic slip from the summit, with Broadmeadow two points behind the Magpies.

Broadmeadow will face another tough test when they travel up to Maitland to take on the Magpies on Friday night, while Lambton will look to continue their momentum when they face Charlestown Azzurri on Sunday.

Adamstown Rosebud 0-4 Maitland FC

Maitland returned to the top of the NPL NNSW table with a convincing 4-0 victory over Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday.

Joseph Melmeth gave the Magpies the lead inside two minutes at Adamstown Oval with a fantastic lobbed finish after he got on the end of a Zac Thomas through pass.

Maitland doubled their advantage on the half hour mark when Adamstown goalkeeper Tom Jenkin was adjudged to have brought down Magpies striker Alex Read in the penalty area. James Thompson stepped up to convert the penalty.

Rosebud stayed in the game and it was not until 20 minutes from full-time that Maitland sealed victory when Read finished past Jenkin having been played in one on one.

Ryan Clarke then added a fourth with six minutes to play.

The win saw Maitland climb back to the top of the table, two points clear of Broadmeadow. While the defeat left Adamstown languishing in ninth, two points above last-placed Valentine.

The Magpies will face a tough test when they host Broadmeadow on Friday night, while it does not get any easier for Adamstown who travel to Edgeworth to take on the reigning double winners on Sunday.

Weston Workers FC 1-3 Lake Macquarie City

Weston missed an opportunity to stay in touch with the top five as they fell 3-1 to Lake Macquarie City on Saturday night.

Lakes took the lead at Rockwell Automation Park after Weston were caught trying to play out from the back, with City recovering a heavy Bears touch to spring a swift counterattack.

The ball eventually fell to the feet of John Majurovski, with the veteran striker curling his effort into the top right corner past Weston goalkeeper Stuart Plant to give the visitors the lead.

Lakes doubled their advantage midway through the half when Weston had a clearance blocked, with Chris Berlin making the most of the mistake to fire his finish low past Plant.

Weston needed an urgent response and got it just past the half hour mark.

A slick passing move down the right eventually saw the ball fall to Liam Wilson who struck a sweet finish past Shayne Van As to halve the deficit.

But Weston were made to pay for another defensive lapse as Berlin added a second three minutes before half-time. The Bears again gave the ball away cheaply before the veteran striker was played in on goal, coolly finishing past Plant to restore the visitors’ two-goal advantage at the break.

The win saw Lakes climb to seventh with seven points, while Weston remain sixth on nine points.

The Bears will look to bounce back when they face a tough away test against Newcastle Olympic on Saturday in a match they will need to win to maintain touch with the top five.

Lakes will look to continue their momentum when they host struggling Valentine in the Match of the Round at Macquarie Field on Saturday. With a clash against struggling Adamstown to follow, Josh Rufo’s side will sniff an opportunity to climb the table and keep in touch with the finals places.

Valentine FC 0-4 Edgeworth FC

Edgeworth continued to get their season back on track with a comfortable 4-0 victory over struggling Valentine on Sunday.

Veterans Jeremy Brockie and Josh Rose scored doubles for the Eagles as they climbed to fourth, six points behind leaders Maitland.

The win was the third in a row for Michael Bridges’ side who have shown steady improvement after a slow start to the campaign.

Valentine remain rooted to the foot of the table with one point from the first seven rounds.

They will look to kick start their season when they travel to Macquarie Field to take on Lake Macquarie City in the Match of the Round on Saturday.

Edgeworth will look to make it four wins in a row when they host Adamstown Rosebud on Sunday.

Charlestown Azzurri v Newcastle Olympic was abandoned due to lighting failure on Sunday evening. The match will be replayed on Sunday, 25 July at 2.30pm.

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