Edgeworth seized the Northern NSW National Premier League lead with two late goals against Lake Macquarie while Broadmeadow Magic’s finals chances hang in the balance after a 2-1 loss to derby rivals Hamilton Olympic on Sunday.
Lake Macquarie, knocked out of the FFA Cup midweek by third-tier Cardiff City, looked poised to atone at Macquarie Field when they led Edgeworth 1-0 thanks to a first-half header from Matt Toohey.
But Keigo Moriyasu equalised in the 81st minute and Aiden Bryce scored the winner two minutes from time to lift the Eagles (21) a point above Lambton, who were surprise 2-1 losers to the Jets youth team on Saturday after a double to Kristian Brymora.
At Magic Park, the home side took a deserved lead in the 13th minute when Takumi Sunada’s free kick deflected off the wall, wrong-footed keeper Tyler Warren and bounced in off the left post.
Olympic levelled through a Kane Goodchild penalty against the run of the play in the 25th minute after Magic keeper Niko Giantsopoulos brought down Daniel Bird.
Scott Smith won his side a second penalty in the 39th minute after a collision with Magic captain Josh Piddington. Giantsopoulos saved his spot kick, but Smith stroked home the rebound to put the visitors in front.
Both keepers produced one-on-one stops against Goodchild then James Virgili in the space of a few seconds early in the second half, and substitute Andrew Swan typified a committed Olympic defensive performance with a diving header on the goal line to deny Piddington a chance in the dying minutes.
Hamilton coach Michael Bolch was pleased to see a “big turnaround” from his side’s 4-2 defeat against Edgeworth in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.
“I was happy with the commitment of the boys,” Bolch said. “I thought it just became an arm wrestle.
“They were probably the better side when they led 1-0, even though it was a deflection. From there we got back into the game. I know they had a lot of corners and balls into the box, but I don’t think they really created anything or got in behind us.”
The win put Olympic (18) in fourth above Maitland (16), who lost 3-1 at previously winless Adamstown. Aaron Niyonkuru scored in the third minute for Rosebud before Alex Read scored twice to make it 3-0. Ben Martin pulled a goal back for Maitland from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute.
Magic (12) are six points outside the top four halfway through the season and face Edgeworth this weekend.
Valentine (19) edged out Weston 2-1 on Saturday to stay third thanks to goals from Josh Murray and teenager Dean Pettit.
Under 20s Olympic won 4-0
Under 18s drew 1-1
Charlestown City Blues
Under 16s Olympic won 3-0
Under 15s Olympic won 2-0
Under 14s Olympic won 8-0
Under 13s Olympic won 3-0
Zone League 2
Olympic vs Uni Mens
1st Grade Olympic won 7-1
2nd Grade Olympic won 3-0
Under 10s Olympic defeated Cooks Hill 5-0
Under 11s Olympic defeated Cook Hill 2-1
Under 12s Olympic defeated New Lambton 1-0
Olympic Junior Results
Under 16a Olympic defeated by Kotara 0-4
Under 15a Olympic defeated by Maitland 2-5
Under 13a Olympic defeated by Kahibah 2-3
Under 12b Olympic defeated by Valentine 1-2
Under 9/1 Olympic defeated by Magic
Under 9/2 Olympic
Under 8/1 Olympic defeated Magic
Under 8/2 Olympic defeated by Magic
Under 7/1 Olympic defeated Magic
Under 6/1 Olympic defeated by Magic
Under 6/2 Olympic defeated Magic
Under 6/3 Olympic washed out
Under 15 Olympic defeated by Maitland 1-2
Under 12 NET Olympic defeated Valentine 2-0