MAITLAND have continued their undefeated start to the 2021 season and once again finished over the top of their opponents with second-half goals.
NNSW National Premier League leaders the Magpies beat Charlestown 3-1 at Cooks Square Park on Sunday after conceding first.
Maitland have now scored a competition-high 11 this campaign with nine of those netted after the main break.
Two of those came in the most recent round-four encounter, including the last from Ryan Clarke in the 91st minute after two earlier own goals.
Azzurri's Aaron Oppedisano struck a well-timed volley from outside the 18-yard box to put the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute.
It had been 1-all at half-time.
In Sunday's other game Broadmeadow scored goals in each half to beat Weston 2-0 at Magic Park. Mitchell Rooke netted in the 16th minute and Sam Walker followed up when his left-foot strike went in off the post just shy of the hour mark.
Saturday saw Adamstown, Olympic and Lambton all record wins.
Rosbud earned their first points of the year in stunning fashion by defeating Valentine 6-3 at Adamstown Oval. Nine goals in total marks the most scored in a fixture for 2021.
The hosts went back-to-back in each half, including two in stoppage time before the final whistle. Phoenix leveled once midway through the first term, were down 3-1 at the main break and twice came within one goal during the second stanza.
Adamstown's Kyle Munns and Alex Mulrooney-Castellano both nabbed doubles.
Olympic edged out Edgeworth 1-0 at Jack McLaughlin Oval with Dino Fajkovic's goal in the 8th minute proving the difference.
The boys from Darling Street sit inside the top five while the Eagles, last year's minor-major premiers, have now lost three out of four.
Lambton came from behind to beat Lakes 2-1 at Arthur Edden Oval with all goals scored from set pieces.
Nick Cowburn put the visitors ahead from a penalty in the 37th minute before Bren Hammel and Ben Hay found the back of the net for the Jaffas either side of half-time following a free-kick and corner respectively.
LADDER: Maitland 12; Broadmeadow 10; Lambton 9; Olympic, Weston 6; Lakes 4; Edgeworth, Charlestown, Adamstown 3; Valentine 0.