#1. The comeback of all comebacks
Incredible comebacks seem to be the flavour of the week in the footballing world, but were any of the late fight-backs as dramatic as what was witnessed at the AthTrack on Sunday afternoon between Cooks Hill and Kahibah?
Coming off the back of their big FFA Cup upset during the week against Adamstown, Kahibah looked like they were going to continue that fashion being up 4-1 with around 15 minutes to go, but the defending premiers and league leaders completely turned it around with two quick goals around the 75th minute mark, before then grabbing another two on the stroke of stoppage time. Unbelievable.
Speaking on the Hunter Football Podcast, Cooks Hill coach Graham Law stated that the euphoria he felt after that last goal, was something like he’d never experienced and it’s not hard to understand why.
Cooks Hill extend their lead at the top of the table now, but for Kahibah, although the result will ultimately be disappointing, the last couple of games they’ve played proves that they can be one of the best in the league.
#2. Wolfies win the first derby battle
The first Herald WPL Wallsend Derby of the year was streamed LIVE on BarTV Sports and the contest definitely delivered.
Wallsend may have scored the first goal in the game and looked the more dangerous in front of goal early on, but South Wallsend completely turned it around in the second half, largely thanks to Ash Brodigan. Brodigan grabbed both goals in the second half, one of which was a spectacular free-kick, and proved to be the difference between the sides and from there, Wallsend just couldn’t get anything going.
The Red Devils won’t have to wait long to try and get their revenge as their Round 3 catch-up game will take place in early June and is set to be another cracker especially considering it may be prove all-important for Wallsend’s finals hopes.
#3. Magic take top spot
In the NPL NNSW, the Elders Charity Shield took place over the weekend and contained an extra layer to it given it was a top-of-the-table clash.
In the end Broadmeadow Magic were the ones who snuck home the only goal in the game to win, propelling them to first place, while Lambton now fall to fourth after dropping points in their past three games.
Magic goalkeeper Paul Bitz was immense for Broadmeadow on the day pulling off multiple saves to keep a clean sheet and give his side the eventual win.
It’s been a long time since Broadmeadow have sat at the top of the league and with the side missing some of their stars, coach Ruben Zadkovich will be hoping that their form can only improve when they return.
#4. Merewether bounce back into top four
Following a bit of a tough start to the 2019 season (given our usual high expectations), Merewether have worked their way back into the top four, beating Football Mid North Coast 8-0 and Wallsend’s loss.
In the past two weeks, the side have scored 13 goals – a much better record than that of the two weeks prior where they conceded 14 and had scored none.
It must be mentioned that many of their starting stars were missing at the wrong time when they were to face some of the top teams, but the Llamas will be a little relieved now that they’re three points clear of Wallsend and may now be able to kick into gear to work their way back into title contention.
#5. Hamilton stun the Magpies
Saturday’s NPL NNSW match saw Hamilton put four past Maitland and also keep a clean sheet – a result that most likely would have shocked many given that the Magpies hadn’t been beaten since their first match and looked like one of the form teams in the league.
New man Kent Harrison and fellow forward speedsters Jarryd Sutherland and Shinichi Kawachi caused havoc for Maitland’s defence, but what was even more impressive was the way Olympic defended despite having Cody Lucas and Marcus Duncan ruled out late, becoming the first side to keep Maitland scoreless this year.
That victory puts Hamilton well and truly back into the mix, while for Maitland it’s a missed chance of moving into the top four and establishing themselves near the top of the table, but don’t be surprised to see them bounce back quickly.