MATCH OF THE ROUND
MAITLAND FC V BROADMEADOW MAGIC
COOKS SQUARE PARK, SUNDAY 3.40PM
Maitland will look to bounce back from their shock loss to Newcastle Olympic when they host Broadmeadow Magic on Sunday.
The Magpies welcome Broadmeadow Magic to Cooks Square Park for the match of the round with third place coming up against second.
Magic also suffered a surprise result in their last game after a 2-2 draw with Charlestown Azzurri. After leading 2-1 until the 90th minute, a late goal to Azzurri’s Nikki Jones saw the visitors share the points.
Magic are four points clear of Maitland on the table though the Magpies have a game in hand. A win will strengthen Broadmeadow’s grasp on second place and take them seven points clear of third-placed Maitland.
A win is crucial for the Magpies as they are just two points clear of fourth-placed Charlestown Azzurri. If Azzurri win their match against Adamstown, they would overtake Maitland on the table.
A win to Magic could see them sitting in first position if Warners Bay lose to Olympic, as both teams are level on 19 points. Broadmeadow will look to bounce back after last week’s slip up and cement themselves as top contenders.
Despite the loss last weekend, Maitland coach David Walker said a week of high intensity training could see them back on track.
“It will be a week of high intensity and hard work at training,” he said.
“Both teams are coming off tough results and will be looking to take the three points.”
Broadmeadow have conceded just nine goals this season, the fewest number of goals conceded in the league and will be looking to maintain this trend.
Maitland and Magic are yet to meet this season with their round three clash postponed to 13 June.
Maitland will wear special kits to promote May as Brain Cancer Awareness Month.
Magpies captain and club ambassador for Brain Cancer Awareness Sophie Stapleford thanked the club for their support.
“Hearing the words ‘you have a large aggressive brain tumour’ changed my life,” Stapleford said.
“Roughly one person every five hours is diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia. It is one of the fastest spreading cancers in the body in Australia but we don’t raise enough awareness about it.
“I will be so proud to wear the Brain Cancer Awareness Jersey on Sunday at Cooks Square Park with my team mates.
“I can’t thank the club and Anthony Burke enough for making it all come together.”
WARNERS BAY FC V NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC
JOHN STREET OVAL, SATURDAY 7PM
Newcastle Olympic will look to take the scalp of a second heavyweight in as many weeks when they take on leaders Warners Bay on Saturday night.
Olympic surprised many in downing Maitland 5-2 last weekend and will look to repeat the showing against the Panthers at John Street Oval.
Warners Bay will be fresh after their round nine match against Mid Coast FC was postponed due to wet weather.
Olympic are sixth on the table after with three wins and five losses. But last weekend’s win over Maitland was a good sign that their season may be starting to turn.
Warners Bay have won six games so far this season, with one draw and just one loss from eight games. While the Panthers are first on goal difference, they are level on 19 points with Broadmeadow and will need the win from this weekend’s game to keep their place atop the table.
Newcastle Olympic coach Paul Devitis acknowledged that his team are in for a hard fight but would put up a strong fight.
“It will be a very challenging game,” Devitis said.
“They had a very good game last time they played and they play very well as a team.
“We need to minimise our errors and work on how to counter their midfield because that’s where they’re strongest.”
Olympic have had a disappointing start to their campaign but their win against Maitland may be a new beginning.
Another defeat could see them remain stagnant in sixth place, especially if Adamstown get a win over Azzurri and further the gap between them.
Warners Bay are favourites to take the three points but a win will be crucial for Olympic to remain within finals reach.
Warners Bay ran out clear winners when the sides met in round three, taking the three points after a 5-1 victory thanks to an Adriana Konjarski hat-trick.
ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC V CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI
LAKE MACQUARIE REGIONAL FOOTBALL FACILITY, SATURDAY 7PM
Charlestown Azzurri will look to maintain the momentum from their last-gasp draw with Broadmeadow when they take on Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night.
A 90th minute Nicki Jones goal saw Azzurri equalise with Broadmeadow and move three points clear of Adamstown on the table last weekend.
Adamstown’s match against New Lambton was postponed last weekend as a result of wet weather but they also shocked Magic recently, downing Broadmeadow 1-0 the week prior to hand Magic their first defeat of the campaign.
Charlestown are fourth on 13 points, just three points clear of Adamstown. Azzurri will need the win to further distance themselves from their competitors on the table.
For Adamstown, the three points are crucial to push them into fourth place. They would draw level with Azzurri on points but be ahead due to their better for and against.
Azzurri coach Niko Papaspiropoulos believes his team could have got the win with an extra five minutes against Broadmeadow and will be looking to get the three points against Adamstown. Although confident in his team’s abilities, Papaspiropoulos knows it will be a challenging game.
“[Adamstown] have been playing with really good form recently,” he said.
“It will be a good challenge for the team and we need to focus on what we can do to get the win.
“We like to focus on what’s next and not worry about past games.”
With an impressive 32 goals scored this season, Adamstown are on an attacking hot streak with some impressive wins under their belt including a 9-0 thrashing of Mid Coast FC in round four.
Charlestown on the other hand have scored just 18 goals with 17 conceded and will need to ramp up their attack if they want to remain in finals contention.
Azzurri took the three points with a convincing 5-2 win over Adamstown when they met in round three thanks to a Jess Gentle hat-trick.
NEW LAMBTON FC V MID COAST FC
ARTHUR EDDEN OVAL, SUNDAY 3.40PM
New Lambton and Mid Coast FC have the chance to earn their first points of the season when they struggling sides meet on Sunday.
The Eagles will welcome Middies to Arthur Edden Oval with neither side having picked up a point so far this campaign, though Mid Coast are above New Lambton on the table due to their significantly better goal difference.
Both teams will be fresh going into this weekend, with Mid Coast’s match against Warners Bay and New Lambton’s match against Adamstown postponed last week due to wet weather.
New Lambton’s last match saw them thrashed 16-0 by Warners Bay leaving them with a -64 goal difference after six games. But they have scored three more goals than Mid Coast who are yet to score their first goal of the season.
Mid Coast went down 2-0 to Charlestown Azzurri in their last match but their biggest defeat so far was to Adamstown, going down 9-0 in round three.
Despite being on zero points and having scored no goals, Mid Coast have played the least number of games this season due to postponements and may still have time to turn their season around.
The last match between the two sides was postponed so they are yet to meet so far this season. Whichever side gets the win will get their first of the season and get themselves away from the bottom of the table.