NPL Women’s NNSW Round Nine Review: Kingston-Hogg double gets Olympic back on track

May 23rd, 2022

 Grace Clegg

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Broadmeadow Magic 2-2 Charlestown Azzurri

A late Nicki Jones goal saw Charlestown Azzurri secure a 2-2 draw with Broadmeadow Magic 2-2 on Friday night to put them three points clear of Adamstown Rosebud on the table.

Azzurri and Magic have proved themselves fierce competitors in the opening rounds of the season with four and six wins respectively. Broadmeadow got the three points with a 3-1 win when the sides met in round two and, with Magic sitting in second place on the table, had a slight edge going into the game.

In what was very much a back-and-forth match, it was the visitors who struck first with Jenna Kingsley finding the back of the net in the 44th minute. However, Jordan Evans got Magic an equaliser in the 51st minute, scoring from the top of the box.

Lucy Kell gave the hosts a 2-1 advantage with a long-range strike in the 56th minute and as the clock began to wind down, Magic looked to have secured the win. But Azzurri weren’t quite done.

A 90th minute goal to Jones saw the visitors strike back and secure a 2-2 draw.

Azzurri coach Niko Papaspiropoulos was proud of his team’s overall performance and ability to secure a point right at the end.

“I thought we played quite well across the 90 minutes,” he said.

“Conceding that first goal after being one goal up was disappointing but I’m proud of the girls for coming back.

“I think we definitely deserved at least a point, if not the win, and I think if we’d had five more minutes, we could have got it.”

Azzurri are in fourth place, three points clear of Adamstown, and will come up against them on Saturday. Magic will look to bounce back against Maitland on Sunday, who will be looking to regain their form after an upset loss to Newcastle Olympic.

Maitland FC 2-5 Newcastle Olympic

Newcastle Olympic put on a stunning display against third-placed Maitland FC to run out 5-2 winners on Saturday afternoon.

After a postponed game last weekend, Maitland were coming off the back of an 11-0 thrashing of New Lambton FC.

Olympic have had an inconsistent start to the season, defeating a struggling New Lambton FC 16-1 in round four and taking a 4-1 win over Adamstown Rosebud JFC in round six. But  they have also conceded their fair share of goals to the likes of Charlestown Azzurri, Warners Bay FC and Broadmeadow Magic.

Maitland were 5-0 winners over Olympic when they met in round two but Paul Devitis’ side came out with a point to prove and showed what they are capable of.

Maitland took an early lead with a goal to Sophie Jones in the 18th minute before Olympic’s Jade McAtamney scored an equaliser with a free kick.

Paige Kingston-Hogg gave her side the lead in the 38th minute after scoring her first of the afternoon but it was not long before Peyton Hamilton-Vosilla got the hosts back in the game in just her second first grade appearance.

From there on in Olympic hit another gear and left Maitland in the dust. Keea Parrish got her side’s third goal of the afternoon in the 61st minute followed by Kingston-Hogg’s second in the 72nd.

Another encouraging sign for Olympic was Newcastle Jets striker Jemma House’s 25-minute performance coming off the bench. Despite missing her side’s first seven games due to injury, House was at her absolute best and scored the clincher in the 83rd minute to conclude the match.

Devitis said he could not fault his side after the win given the tough lead up with three games in a week.

“It was a great result for us and it was one we needed,” he said.

“After playing three games in a week without reward, that performance was what we were looking for.

“We also had a 16-year-old debutant goalkeeper in the net, Sienna Williams, so to only concede two goals was a great confidence boost for her.”

Magpies coach David Walker admitted his side were not up to scratch.

“In the end the team that wanted it the most won,” he said.

“We were well below where we’ve been playing so we need to regroup. We weren’t good enough across the park and [Olympic] did well to put the pressure on our defence.”

The win saw Olympic remain in sixth place but they are now just one point shy of fifth-placed Adamstown.

Olympic will take on leaders Warners Bay on Saturday while Maitland host heavyweights Broadmeadow in the Match of the Round on Sunday afternoon.

The matches between Mid Coast FC and Warners Bay FC and New Lambton FC against Adamstown Rosebud JFC were postponed due to wet weather.

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