Michael Ying Sing
MATCH OF THE ROUND
BROADMEADOW MAGIC V WARNERS BAY FC
MAGIC PARK, SUNDAY 3.40PM
Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said his team are disappointing following their defeat last weekend but were looking to bounce back against Broadmeadow in their top of the table clash on Sunday.
A top of the table clash coupled as the match of the round is sure to produce a game worth watching, with second-placed Broadmeadow to welcome first-placed Warners Bay to Magic Park.
With both teams sitting on six wins and a subsequent 19 points each, the winner will find themselves three points clear of second place and on top of the table.
Magic will be fresh after their game against Maitland was postponed last weekend due to an unplayable pitch at Cooks Square Park. The week off could prove an advantage or a hindrance given the extra time to prepare or the lack of time on the park.
Warners Bay on the other hand will be looking to regain their winning momentum after suffering a surprise loss to fifth-placed Newcastle Olympic last weekend. Despite the loss, Warners Bay are still sitting pretty in first place as a result of Magic’s postponed game.
Warners Bay refused to quit with Adrianna Konjarski and Elodie Dagg getting a goal each to keep the Panthers in the game against Olympic but it was to no avail.
“Obviously we were disappointed with last week’s performance but everyone has reflected on their own and the team’s performance and we understand what we need to improve on it and play consistently for 90 minutes,” Atkins said.
“It’s always a tough clash against Magic and I’m sure they will be keen to get back on the pitch after not playing last weekend’s game.
“The girls are keen for the matchup and they all know that it is important we bounce back quickly.”
Broadmeadow will also look to regain their winning momentum after a draw with Charlestown Azzurri in their round nine clash following a last gasp Nikki Jones equaliser saw the win pulled from underneath them.
Broadmeadow won 3-2 when the sides met in round four thanks to a strong first half showing.
CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI V MAITLAND FC
LISLE CARR OVAL, SATURDAY 3.40PM
It will be third against fourth when Charlestown Azzurri host Maitland FC at Lisle Carr Oval on Saturday.
Azzurri will look to continue their unbeaten streak after a 3-1 win over Adamstown Rosebud last weekend and 2-2 draw against Broadmeadow the week prior.
Charlestown are third on 16 points, three points shy of Warners Bay and Broadmeadow who occupy first and second place. A win to Azzurri could see them draw level with second place on points to put themselves well and truly into finals contention.
Maitland on the other hand will be coming into this weekend’s clash fresh after their last game against Magic was postponed due to an unplayable pitch at Cooks Square Park.
A win to Maitland will see them leapfrog Charlestown on the table, with the Magpies also enjoying two matches in hand.
Azzurri climbed to third place after their defeat of Adamstown which saw them leading 3-0 after just 27 minutes. The side have shown great maturity in recent weeks to put on a complete 90-minute performance and coach Niko Papaspiropoulos is hopeful they can keep their momentum going.
But it was not all good news for Azzurri with Carolina Cacic and Jess Terry having been taken to hospital after suffering concussions. Both were released on Saturday night but were in doubt for Saturday’s match.
Although coming in after a week off playing, Maitland will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle after their last game saw them beaten 5-2 by Newcastle Olympic.
With the Magpies fourth, a win will be crucial for Maitland. With Newcastle Olympic playing struggling New Lambton, a Maitland loss to Azzurri would see Olympic draw level with the Magpies which could prove problematic coming into later rounds.
Maitland downed Charlestown 3-2 when they met in round four thanks to second half goals from Mercedes McNabb and Bronte Peel.
NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC V NEW LAMBTON FC
DARLING STREET OVAL, SATURDAY 4.40PM
Newcastle Olympic will be looking to continue their winning streak when they come up against New Lambton at Darling Street Oval on Saturday.
Last weekend’s impressive 4-2 win over top of the table Warners Bay was the second in a row for Paul Devitis’ side after a 5-2 defeat of Maitland FC the week prior.
Devitis believes the rest of the competition should now be wary of his side given their two impressive wins in a row over competition heavyweights and believes his side are just getting into a groove.
New Lambton on the other hand are still searching for their first win of the season after a 3-0 loss to Mid Coast FC left them languishing at the bottom of the table with a goal difference of -69.
With no points from eight games New Lambton face the daunting task of coming up against an Olympic side in excellent form.
Devitis is also expecting to welcome back a number of players who have been out due to injury, giving him a full-strength squad to go up against a struggling New Lambton side.
Devitis is confident his team can continue their winning streak and potentially see a string of three, four or five wins pulled together in a row, with two already under their belt.
With the likes of Newcastle Jets striker Jemma House scoring a double in last weekend’s win, Olympic are on their way to reaffirming themselves as competition heavyweights.
New Lambton now face an uphill battle beginning with this weekend’s clash before they come up against Broadmeadow Magic, Charlestown Azzurri and Maitland FC consecutively over the next four weeks.
Olympic are fifth on the table with 12 points but a win over the Eagles could see them climb level on points with Maitland.
New Lambton will be desperate for their first win of the season to finally get themselves on the board.
But the Eagles will need to vastly improve from the round four meeting between the sides when Olympic ran out 16-1 winners.
MID COAST FC V ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC
TAREE ZONE FIELD, SATURDAY 7PM
Mid Coast will look to build on the momentum of their first win when they take on Adamstown Rosebud on in Taree on Saturday night.
While sixth-placed Adamstown need to bounce back after a 3-1 loss to Charlestown Azzurri last weekend, Middies scored their first wins with back-to-back triumphs over New Lambton.
The defeat to Azzurri saw Adamstown slip to sixth, five points outside the top four.
Mid Coast have not had an ideal start to the season. Before last weekend they without a point from five games, sitting on the bottom of the table alongside New Lambton FC.
After a 3-1 win against the Eagles in their rescheduled round three match and 3-0 victory on Sunday, Mid Coast have climbed six points clear of the basement.
Adamstown have also had a less than ideal start to the season with three wins, a draw and five losses from nine games which sees them sitting on 10 points.
Both teams will be desperate for the three points to add to their tally. If Rosebud get the win and Olympic lose to New Lambton, Adamstown will jump into fifth place and will be sitting on 13 points.
Adamstown won 9-0 when the sides met in round four, with Kimberly Trappett and Kiarra Lewis notching hat-tricks.