#1. Toronto-Awaba cause one of the upset of the year
After falling short of a win in various early matches, Toronto-Awaba finally grabbed their first victory of the year and did it again the champions, Belmont-Swansea away from home. The 2-1 win could easily be classified as the biggest upset in any Premier Competition league so far in 2019 and may the Stags that added push they need to climb up the table to continue their rebuild of sorts they’ve been undertaking.
Nathan McCallister got on the score-sheet for the first time for this new club, and if he can continue his goal-scoring form alongside fellow prolific scorer Nick Roberts, Toronto may prove difficult for many NEWFM Northern League One teams to overcome.
#2. Excitement galore in the Herald WPL Grand Final Rematch
It was easily one of the games of the season at Myambah Oval on Sunday as Merewether beat Warners Bay, 4-3 (again?!) in a fantastic and tense, back-and-forth encounter.
There were penalties, brilliant solo goals, near-misses and an edge-of-your-seat finish that even saw Nadja Squires’ shot hit the crossbar in the dying seconds to almost equalise.
The match will certainly be remembered as another fascinating chapter of this great rivalry that’s been established over the past few years and the fact that BarTV Sports were there live streaming the match means it can be re-watched again and again.
After losing twice already this year, that victory sees third-placed Merewether keep in touch with Warners Bay and New Lambton above them and if they can stay close as the season goes on, the next match between these two should be another ripper.
#3. Bower steps up for Edgeworth
Edgeworth Eagles pulled off another strong victory over the weekend, beating historic rivals Adamstown 4-0 that included a Jose Atayde bomb, a returning Daniel McBreen volley and two goals to Will Bower.
Heading into this season, coach Damian Zane was mindful of the fact that his side needed a consistent goal-scorer for 2019, and since new signing Oliver Smith, who began his campaign with four goals from two games, fell with injury, it’s been the youngster Bower who has been their shining light.
His goals haven’t been flashy but have been clinical and he now currently sits atop of the Golden Boot tally with six goals from their six games. The Edgeworth faithful will be extremely pleased with how he’s been travelling and hoping that he can continue thrusting them towards a historic premiership.
#4. Bears continue to win
With a large changeover in personnel this season, including a new coach in Netherlands international Kew Jaliens, there was a lot of mystique around how Weston would fare this season but after losing narrowly to Hamilton in their first outing, the Bears have been undefeated and pulled off some good wins including a 3-2 victory over the Jets Youth on the weekend.
Off-season signings such as Liam Wilson, Jason Tjien-Fooh and Zac Sneddon have already made their mark at the club and after not being completely pegged as a top four side for 2019, they may be starting to chance people’s minds.
Next week will be a vital and rather telling match-up as they face Lambton on Good Friday in the attempt to end their undefeated start to the season.
#5. South Wallsend fall heartbreakingly short
If matches went for 70 minutes, the Wolfies from South Wallsend would have been hailed as the first team to defeat New Lambton with a 3-1 win, but unfortunately, in the last twenty minutes of their Sunday afternoon fixture, the Eagles managed to scrape three goals through to pull off a tremendous comeback.
Ash Brodigan scored a double while Maryjane Mason got on the scoresheet for South Wallsend, but a Lauren Allan hat-trick and a dying-seconds goal by Tara Andrews meant it was a case of ‘so close, yet so far’.
New Lambton extend their lead at the top of the table to six points now, while after Wallsend’s 4-0 win over Football Mid North Coast, South Wallsend have been pushed out of the top four.
The Wolves should be credited for their efforts and performance though, and will surely take some confidence from that match knowing that they do have the ability to beat the top sides.