New York travelled to Philadelphia looking to extend their unbeaten run. However, the Magpies were slow to start and a committed Philadelphia team took advantage kicking out to an early 3 goal lead. New York seemed to be lethargic, was second to the ball and with Philly kicking with the aid of a slight breeze they took a 2 goal lead into quarter time.
The second quarter was much of the same with Philly winning plenty of contested ball and taking the most of their opportunities. NY was still being outplayed but some individual solo efforts managed to snag a few goals and only go into the major break down by 2 goals.
After a few positional adjustments at the major break, the Magpies worked their way back into the game and started to win their own ball. However, they continued to struggle to penetrate the Philadelphia backline and went into the last quarter down by a goal.
The last quarter was desperate football from both sides and NY controlled plenty of the ball in the middle however Philly managed to continually repel Magpies attacks.Â The Magpies drew level, but Philly kicked the last goal of the game to take out their first win against NY.
NY Magpies assistant coach Jeremy Spiteri lamented the Pies ordinary first half saying â€œWe were terrible in the first half, playing undisciplined football and not sticking to team structures. When we were able to get back into the game Philly were up and about and we just couldnâ€™t over run them in the end. Full credit goes to them as they were the better team on the day. We have Philly again in 3 weeks so weâ€™ll go away and make some adjustmentsâ€
New York Magpies 8.7.55 def by Philadelphia Hawks 10.1.61
Goals: Walkington 2, Brennan 2, Hine, Spataro, Lin, Guarino
Best: Kyle, Davis, Norman, Walkington, Walker