Newcastle teams set high standard
ANY doubts about the strength of the round ball game in Newcastle compared to other regions that play under the Northern NSW banner were dispelled on Saturday as the NBN State League teams from Newcastle enjoyed comfortable victories over North Coast Football’s best at the BCU International Stadium.
Coffs United, Woolgoolga and Maclean along with Tamworth club Oxley Vale Attunga were unceremoniously knocked out of the Solo Cup at the quarter final stage.
The Lions and the Wolves were the best performed of the Northern teams but even they were beaten by three goal margins.
Ben Mackay scored for the Lions but it was no match for the four goals scored by State League leaders Weston Workers.
The Wolves were knocked off by Valentine Phoenix 3-0 thanks to the goals scored by Nathan McAllister, Nathan Conglaves and Alex Read.
Toronto Awaba had two players score hat-tricks in an entertaining clash against Oxley Vale Attunga who lost 8-3.
Reigning North Coast Football premier Maclean saw its form slump continue as they fell to their fourth straight loss thanks to a 6-1 hiding from Broadmeadow Magic.
That meant that the four semi-finalists on Sunday were all the travelling clubs.
Weston Workers and Valentine Phoenix won their way through to the final on August 7 to be played in Newcastle.
The four remaining teams in the Solo Cup met in Coffs Harbour this morning to decide the Grand Finalists who will contest the inaugural Solo Cup title on August 7 in Newcastle.
Weston Workers enjoyed a giant slice of luck against Broadmeadow to win 3-2.
With scores tied late in the contest, the Bears hit the front courtesy of an own goal from Broadmeadow’s Josh Piddington.
Valentine Phoenix defeated Toronto Awaba 3-1 in the other semi-final with the goals scored by Jordy Campbell, Nathan McAllister and Chris Gazzard, with Toronto’s only goal coming from Wilson Edwards.
SOLO CUP RESULTS
Weston Workers def Coffs United 4-1
Valentine Phoenix def Woolgoolga 3-0
Broadmeadow Magic def Maclean 6-1
Toronto Awaba dex Oxley Vale 8-3
Weston Workers def Broadmeadow Magic 3-2
Valentine Phoenix def Toronto Awaba 3-1