North Coast Football’s NPL teams travelled to Newcastle on Saturday to take on Broadmeadow Magic at Speers Point. Broadmeadow are a well known team in the NNSW NPL competition, and we knew heading into the match that they would set the benchmark at this level. Following some good performances in the first two Rounds, our sides headed to Newcastle with confidence.
However, the teams quickly learnt that the smallest of errors are punished. All of our sides held their own, and dominated in patches, but ultimately the three weeks without training meant we struggled to replicate the same slick football that helped us defeat Valentine 3 weeks ago.
Broadmeadow 3-1 NCF 13’s – Manager Simon McKinney
NCF 13’S suffered their first loss in the PS4 NNSW NPL competition in Saturday’s game against Broadmeadow Magic at Speers Point. Broadmeadow started strongly and NCF kept them out until just before half time when the Magic went 1-0 up. NCF started the second half much better and their more vigorous play was rewarded when Jacob Field scored about 5 minutes into the half. Jacob capitalised on a bouncing ball inside the penalty box, heading the ball over the keeper who had come out to claim it.
NCF continued to play well but conceded two goals in 3 minutes with about 10 minutes to go. 3 – 1 was the final score to Broadmeadow. The boys played well as a team but not having trained consistently over the last fortnight and only playing their 3rd game since 11 March due to the recent wet weather has impacted on their team cohesion and, ubderstandably, match fitness. The boys are greatly looking forward to, hopefully, their first home game against FMNC on Sunday 23 April.
Broadmeadow 5-3 NCF 14’s – Coach Adrian Pickup
Broadmeadow Magic have a strong history and club, and we knew the game was going to be difficult. Our plan was to watch how they set up, to start strong defensively and change accordingly. They played with three at the back and they were aware of our striker, Mabior. They quickly man marked him, after a fast start saw Mabior in behind just two minutes in, and he rarely misses in those situations. NCF up 1-0 after 90 seconds played.
We played brilliant two touch football, moving from side to side; great combination play, playing out from the back, and scoring two more goals throughout the game. But silly mistakes and a lack of structure let them in to score two. Half time we led 3-2. After the break we expected a more physical approach, and we got it, their fast, big forwards received some direct play from their keeper and resulted in three goals to them. The end score 5-3 to boardmeadow but we played constructive football and couldn’t handle the stronger bigger players and the physicality of the midfield. More options for our players will help us improve on this aspect, but our first half performance was brilliant.
Broadmeadow 15’s 7-0 NCF 15’s – Reuben Robertson
This was a game that highlighted the standard of football the NPL affords our young men. From the outset, Broadmeadow Magic dominated, with their player size, skill and physicality adding to the difficulty of the task.
The boys from the Coast played periods of excellent football. Their controlled passing and movement put Magic under sustained pressure for extended periods. However, our finishing
was not there and some uncharacteristic loose passing in the final third cost the team dearly. At two nil down, and with the game controlled by our boys, NCF received a Penalty for a hand ball. Unfortunately, the Magic’s keeper made the initial save and then a second on the rebound to thwart the opportunity.
Half time came with the score at 2 nil to the Magic and our team confident that we could get these goals back. Unfortunately, some top shelf goals, and loose play took the chance of that comeback
away from us. In fact, Magic proceeded to hand the boys a bit of a football lesson, with the final scoreline being a less than flattering 7 nil. As a spectator, I would say this was not a true indication of the game, but on the day, Magic lived up to their name.
Our boys showed more of the class and ability we know they have, but we just need to be more consistent and take our opportunities. In the end it was a great game and a fantastic lesson for the team to learn and grow from the experience.