THIS WEEK: Wed (6.30): Weston v Jets. Saturday: Jaffas v Hamilton (2.30), Lakes v Maitland (7.30). Sunday: Eagles v Adamstown, C’town v Valentine, Magic v Jets. Wallsend bowed out at the hands of Broadmeadow but not before putting in a strong contender for fastest goal in FFA Cup history.
Ben Hamilton shocked the NPL heavyweights last Wednesday night at The Gardens with a goal inside the first few seconds, literally from the kick-off.
Magic goalkeeper Brad Mackenzie was caught off his line and off guard with the audacious shot, but Broadmeadow bounced back to win 4-1 in the round four clash against the second-tier club.
Sam Webb, free-kick specialist Cody Carroll, Kale Bradbery and Liam McDonald scored for Magic.
** Charlestown midfielder Riley McNaughton had his knee injury quickly put in to perspective on Sunday.
McNaughton limped off early in the 3-2 loss to Adamstown with a torn medial ligament only to find out his sister, Darcy, ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and damaged hermedial the same day playing football.
Riley’s injury has further tested the Blues’ midfield depth, after the loss of Daniel Minors for four to six weeks with a torn calf. They host Valentine on Sunday.
** Valentine will not get off-season attacking recruit Daniel Ott back this year.
Ott, a former Manly striker, hurt his Achilles in pre-season and coach Darren Sills brought in Matt Paul as an injury replacement.
Sills had hoped to move Ott back into his squad but said the forwardhas since indicated he may retire.
** Maitland coach Michael Bolch hopes to have attacking weapon Matt Comerford back from injury against Lake Macquarie on Saturday at Macquarie Field after two weeks on the sidelines.