NPL: Charlestown savour sweet victory over Lambton Jaffas to maintain perfect start


CHARLESTOWN coach David Tanchevski was trying to keep a lid on the excitement at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday after the Blues scored a 94th-minute winner against Lambton Jaffas to continue a perfect start to the season.

TOP OF THE POPS: Charlestown’s Riley McNaughton heads the ball against his former club Lambton Jaffas in a 2-1 win on Sunday at Lisle Carr Oval. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

But it wasn’t easy.

The Blues, without three-time league-leading scorer Kane Goodchild (hamstring), led through Scott Smith’s runaway goal off a quick throw-in on 22 minutes, but the defending champions levelled in the 67thminute with Ben Hay’s driving low shot.

With the game fading to a draw, Jaffas defender Michael Sessions slipped and Masaya Sakomoto burst into space off a deflected pass from Tom Smart to score.

It took the new-look Charlestown to four wins from four games and gave Tanchevski, up against the club he coached to a grand final win in 2014 for the first time, great satisfaction.

“It’s funny because a few people have said to me that we hadn’t played anyone yet, but we’ve played Maitland and Olympic, who I rate highly,” Tanchevski said.“A few said ‘we’ll see how they go when they play Jaffas’, so it’s good to be competitive. That was our main aim today.I thought we were competitive and deserved the win.”

Despite the start, Tanchevskisaid the Blues’ goals remained the same.

“We thought it might take us six or seven games to click, so to be 4-0, it’s pretty good,” he said.“We’ve just got to keep building off it now. The boys are getting a bit of confidence and learning to play with each other. And to do it without Goody, it gives the boys confidence because he’s such a key player.

Hot Blues roll Jaffas late for sweet victory TweetFacebook Charlestown v Lambton JaffasJonathan Carroll images“To have four wins is exciting for the club.Our goal was to be fighting for the top four with three or four games to go, so that’s still our aim.We’re not getting carried away.”

Jaffas coach James Pascoe said the hosts deserved the win.

“Theyare a team full of men, there’s no chinks in their armour and they played the first half like it was a grand final,” Pascoe said.

“Their intensity was really impressive and a yard quicker than ours.

“I thought it was a pretty tight contest and it was always going to take a little moment of brilliance, a slip or mistake that was going to separate them. It was two pretty even groups out there.”

At Weston Park, the Bears upset Broadmeadow thanks to a stunning strike from Josh Maguire.

James Virgili put Magic ahead in the third minute and Tega Adjeke equalised in the 18thbeforeMaguire’sleft-foot strike from 25 yards found the top-left corner of goals in the 37th.

At Adamstown, Lake Macquarie beat a 10-man Rosebud 4-0 to leave them last.

Mitchell Hunter scored in the 28th minute and Sam Walker converted a penalty in the 57thafterDanilo O’Brienwas sent off forholding back Morgan Okeno.Paul Sichalwe scored in the 71stminute and Hunter bagged a second in the 78th.

Edgeworth beat the Jets Youth 1-0 with a powerful strike from Jamie Byrnes in the 39thminute.

On Saturday, Maitland and Valentine played a 1-1 draw at Cooks Square Park.

Joel Wood scored from the spot for Valentine in the 15thminute after he was fouled by Alex Read. Andrew Swan equalised in the 36thminute after an interchange of passes with Matt Comerford.

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