In overnight catch-up matches in the PS4 Northern NSW NPL Hamilton Olympic gave Charlestown a 6-nil thumping while Edgeworth and Lambton also had wins.
Hamilton made light work of Charlestown on a freezing cold night in Newcastle. By half time the home side were up 4-nil with a brace for Rhys Cooper, a goal for Spencer from a Goodchild cross and a spot kick from Leo Bertos. The wheels appear to have truly fallen off at Charlestown after a promising start to the season. They’re now two points adrift of the top four with teams around them improving. In the 63 minute Charlestown’s problems worsened when Jarryd Johnson was red carded for a robust studs raised challenge. Hamilton soon made their numerical advantage count when Kane Goodchild header from left of the post.
Later Simon Mooney made it 6-nil (84mins), when a blocked shot rolled into his path and he gave it what for. It’s such a pity that Hamilton won’t be representing Northern NSW in the FFA Cup. Currently sitting second on the PS4 NNSW NPL table only the Lambton Jaffas would say they’re a more worthy representative.
The Jaffas themselves had a 3-1 win out at Weston to move themselves back into the race for the final four. The win puts them five points off star-studded Maitland FC.
Meanwhile at a chilly Jack McGlauglan Oval the Eagles were too strong for resurgent Adamstown. Edgeworth retained their place at the top of the table with a 2-nil win courtesy of a double from Keigo Moriyasu.
Moriyasu’s first goal came in the 3rd minute after he finished Aiden Bryce’s cross from the right. The Japanese import steered the ball home at the far post to get the home team off to a smooth start. To Adamstown’s credit they didn’t go away. Despite having very little chance of making the finals Adamstown look as though they’ll prove a tough nut to crack over the remaining rounds.
Edgeworth were able to close the game out in the 78th minute when Moriyasu took advantage of a failed clearance. Adamstown goalkeeper Bitz was forced to advance in a race for the ball that he won, but unfortunately his clearance fell into the lap of the lethal Moriyasu. The winger took one touch before lobbing the ball into the back of the net from more than 30 metres out. Moriyasu has scored more than 10 goals for Edgeworth this season and has proven a handy piece of business by manager Damian Zane.
All eyes will be on the FFA Cup draw this afternoon when the nation’s NPL clubs learn their fate. Will Edgeworth receive a kinder draw than last year, which saw them pitted against A-League club Melbourne City? And can the Jaffas be the first club from the region to advance past the Round of 32. Tune in to Foxsports from 3pm today.