NPL: Blues tipped for upset, pics

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Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

Scenes from the National Premier League finals game between Edgeworth and Charlestown at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday. Picture: Dean Osland

TweetFacebookDEPARTING Edgeworth coach Gary Wilson believes Charlestown can succeed where the Eagles have failed the past two years and challenge for the premiership from outside the top three after they delivered the knockout blow on his side yesterday.

Charlestown came back from 1-0 down at half-time to defeat Edgeworth 2-1 in the Northern NSW National Premier League elimination semi-final at Lisle Carr Oval and book a Saturday meeting with Lambton Jaffas, who fell 3-2 to Weston yesterday. Weston will play the Newcastle Jets Youth in the major semi-final on Sunday.

The defeat was a painful case of deja vu for the Eagles, who showed great promise last year only to fade into fourth place then bow out in the first final to Weston.

This season Edgeworth appeared the team to beat after going through the first eight rounds unbeaten but they struggled for goals in the second half of the year to finish fifth.

The loss yesterday signalled the end of an era at Edgeworth, where Wilson and coaching partner Robert Jovanovski have called the shots since 2008.

The pair are taking a break and will be replaced by former teammate Damian Zane in 2015.

Wilson paid credit to Charlestown, who have emerged as genuine contenders under coach Shane Pryce.

‘‘They are a dangerous side and have enough power to go through and win it,’’ Wilson said. ‘‘Any time they get the ball in the front third they are dangerous with guys like Goody [Kane Goodchild] and Daniel Bird.

‘‘It’s an even comp and anyone can win it but they have a real opportunity if they stay injury free to come from fourth or fifth and do it.’’

As for the Eagles, Wilson said the club’s depth left them in good shape for next year and beyond but the absence of strike power was again a problem this year.

‘‘A few players went overseas and we had a few injuries, but we brought some young guys in and they did very well,’’ he said.

‘‘We just didn’t finish teams off again and if you don’t do that in this league, you will get punished.’’

The Eagles looked on course for victory yesterday when Dylan Holz was left unmarked on the far post to bury his strike in the 15th minute.

But the Blues hit back in the 59th minute when Bird scored after his initial shot rebounded off goalkeeper Jim Fogarty and the Eagles failed to clear.

However, Fogarty was left with no chance of stopping Charlestown’s winner in the 66th minute when Troy Hearfield’s shot took a wicked deflection off defender Nic Pepper.

Pryce praised the ‘‘guts and heart’’ of his players in the second half and the performance of veteran goalkeeper Andrew Goldman, who made two diving saves to keep his side ahead.

‘‘He was fantastic today,’’ Pryce said. ‘‘He’s a stalwart of the club and his experience in these big games shone through. His finger-tip saves kept us in the game.’’

At Weston, the Bears led 3-0 after goals from Jye McKellar (16th minute), Jason Cowburn (31st) and Garry McDermott (57th) before Jobe Wheelhouse (62nd) and John Majurovski (66th) scored to set up a thrilling finish.

Bears coach Steve Piggott said the finish was a valuable ‘‘bit of character building’’ for his side.

‘‘They scored two goals and made a game of it but both sides had chances at the end,’’ he said.

The Bears lost Liam Thornton to a hamstring strain in the first 25 minutes, while Robbie Turnbull missed the match with a quadriceps injury.

Jaffas coach David Tanchevski said his team paid the price for a poor first half.

‘‘We got back in the game and had a couple of good chances at 3-2 but you can’t give them a three-goal headstart,’’ he said.

Lambton’s left-side attacker Luke Remington, dislocated his shoulder in the match and will miss the rest of the season.

● The Newcastle Jets were beaten 4-0 by Brisbane Roar in a trial match in Townsville yesterday.

By CRAIG KERRY

TULIA Palozzi scored a hat-trick for Adamstown and the Under18 Emerging Jets survived an extra-time scare against Merewether as the top two Herald Women’s Premier League sides progressed to the grand final.

Adamstown defeated Valentine 4-1 and the Emerging Jets prevailed 3-2 in extra time thanks to a Kally Lewis goal at Adamstown Oval on Saturday.

Merewether led 1-0 at half-time after a goal from left winger Belinda Murray but the Emerging Jets responded with two midway through the second half.

Sarah Halvorsen equalised five minutes later as Merewether hung on to take the match to extra-time.

Lewis then proved the match-winner with a goal in the second half of the 30-minute extra time.

Merewether coach Marc Hingston said his side ‘‘parked the bus’’ against the faster and fitter Jets youngster and tried to ‘‘steal it, not win it’’.

Despite the loss, Hingston said he ‘‘couldn’t have been more proud’’ of his team’s efforts and the club ‘‘had taken a big step forward this year’’.

In the other semi-final, minor premiers Adamstown led 2-0 at half-time and 4-0 late after the Palozzi treble and a goal from Aimie Neilson.

Rosebud player-coach Ashley Wilson said centre backs Maddy Smith and Libby Sharpe were also standouts for her side.

Both made their return from ankle injuries in the match, which was played on a soft pitch and in the rain.

‘‘We played well and were clinical when we needed to be in front of goal,’’ Wilson said. ‘‘The girls were very motivated to make sure we got through.’’

Adamstown will now strive for a third successive major premiership on Sunday at Adamstown Oval. They also take on the Emerging Jets in the under-18s decider.

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