FFA Cup: Broadmeadow, Hamilton sweat on injured strikers ahead of derby clash

HAMILTON and Broadmeadow could be without goalscorers Jed Hornery and Kale Bradbery for their FFA Cup clash at Adamstown Oval on Wednesday night after both picked up injuries in wins on Saturday.

Hamilton ended Edgeworth’s FFA Cup streak with a 3-2 victory and Broadmeadow defeated Adamstown 3-0 with a double to Bradbery on Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility’s synthetic surface. Lambton Jaffas, without Joel and Ryan Griffiths, Jobe Wheelhouse and cup-tied Braedyn Crowley, then cruised past Mid North Coast’s Port United 8-0. Ben Hay and Bren Hammel scored twice each for Jaffas, who also had goals from Tom Waller, Nathan Verity, Marcus Duncan and Finn Parris. Charlestown ended the day with a 6-0 win and hat-trick from Scott Smith against North Coast’s Boambee. 

Charlestown drew hosting rights against Jaffas, and Broadmeadow elected to play their clash with Hamilton at Adamstown Oval because of surface renovations at Magic Park. Both games are scheduled for 7pm Wednesday and the winners will represent northern NSW in the FFA Cup round of 32. 

Hornery scored in the 16th minute with a volleyed touch on the run from a long pass to put Hamilton up 2-1. Reece Papas put Olympic ahead in the second minute with a header off a free kick and Dylan Holz equalised in the fourth with a deflected strike at close range.

Bailey Garland put the Eagles level in the 68th minute with a shot from a goalmouth scramble. Jacob Bailey scored the winner with a back-post header at a corner in the 81st minute.

Edgeworth’s Dom Bizzarri hit a chance wide from close range with the last touch of the game as the Eagles’ run of three FFA Cup round of 32 appearances came to an end.

“I was happy with how we played,” Hamilton coach Peter McGuinness said.

“We created a lot of chances, and Jed could have had at least a hat-trick, but he got himself in good positions to have those chances.”

McGuinness, though, was unsure if Hornery would be fit for Wednesday after coming off late with hamstring tightness. However, Hamilton will regain Leo Bertos and Jarryd Sutherland.

Magic could also be without an attacking weapon for the clash. Coach Ruben Zadkovich said Bradbery, who was a standout against Rosebud, came off midway through the second half with a hip flexor strain and “we won’t risk him if he’s not right on Wednesday night”.

Zadkovich was not surprised by Hamilton’s win over the three-time defending NPL premiers.

“I thought they’d do well against Edgeworth on that pitch,” he said. “It suits the style that Guinno likes to play, but they are a quality team and it will be a really good test for us. 

“It was a pretty good performance, but nothing flashy from our boys. We were solid but we can be a lot better also. It’s always a good contest against them and I think my boys are pretty pumped we’ve got Olympic.”

Charlestown coach David Tanchevski said Ljubo Milicevic should return for the clash with Jaffas.

Milicevic was rested for the win over Boambee, in which Masaya Sakamoto injured his ankle late. Tanchevski said Sakamoto was in doubt for the Jaffas game and Kev Davison (knee) came off early as a precaution against Boambee.