Match of the Round
Merewether 3 (Rhali Dobson 2, Jamee Ellis) defeated Wallsend 0 at Wallsend Park on Sunday. Half-time: Merewether led 2-0.
There was no shortage of action at Wallsend Park as Merewether continued their winning streak with a grinding 3-0 win over Wallsend on Sunday afternoon.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to get on the board with Jamee Ellis scoring from an absolute thunderbolt free-kick in the 16th minute.
Merewether shot-stopper Alison Logue had potentially her best game of the season and even managed an assist after Rhali Dobson ran onto her full field goal kick and chipped Devil’s keeper Danielle Redding to score just before half-time.
Wallsend’s failure to score wasn’t from a lack of trying with Libby Copus-Brown and Sass Seaborn both unlucky not to put one in the back of the net.
The visitors were able to put the game to bed in the dying stages of the game after Rhali Dobson drew the keeper out and slotted one in behind her.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said it was one of his side’s best performances all year.
“We had 19 shots on target and played a standard of football so high that any coach would be proud,” Hingston said.
“Our effort was enormous and we dominated for the most part but conceded three goals against the run of play.
“It was heartbreaking to watch as we deserved more but our football and effort was outstanding.”
Merewether coach Cass Koppen thought her side played below their capability.
“We didn’t concede and we battled hard to grind out the win,” Koppen said.
“There has been an inconsistency with player availability this season which has been difficult.
“We faced a much stronger Wallsend side than in Round one and full credit to them.”
Warners Bay 4 (Jenna Kingsley 3, Sophie Stapleford 1) defeated Adamstown 2 (Annika D’Amico, Belle Hewitt) at Adamstown No.1 Oval on Sunday. Half-time: Warners Bay led 4-0.
Warners Bay held off a second-half comeback from Adamstown to remain top of the table, downing the home side 4-0 on Sunday.
The game had barely started when Adamstown was dealt a cruel blow with keeper Olivia Sneddon leaving the field with a leg injury.
Warners Bay showed no mercy and scored two quick goals through Jenna Kingsley and Sophie Stapleford with Kingsley completing her hat-trick before half-time.
Adamstown was up for the challenge defensively in the second half and managed to keep the competition’s heavyweights scoreless which is difficult given the Bay’s strike power.
Annika D’Amico and Belle Hewitt both scored in the later stages of the game but it wasn’t enough to secure the three points.
Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis was disappointed with her side’s second-half performance.
“It’s good to get another three points but our second half wasn’t up to our standard,” Davis said.
“We have had three games in a week but it’s not a good enough excuse to be up 4-0 and then to stop playing.
“It’s a credit to Adamstown though, they battled hard and gave it their all.”
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis said he was proud of the spirit and quality of play shown in the second half.
“Losing Olivia early hurt us massively as she’s one of the top keepers in the competition so it put us on the back foot early,” Devitis said.
“At half-time, I challenged the players to keep the faith alive because as a football team, we were matching them quite well.
“We defended extremely well in the second half and limited them to a few crosses which allowed us to start getting on top.
“We created multiple opportunities and were able to score so I applaud them for the effort and desire they showed.”
South Wallsend 6 (Gemma Pearce 3, Olivia Kennedy, MJ Mason, Erin Wilson) defeated New Lambton 5 (Tara Andrews 4, Georgia Amess) at Alder Park on Saturday. Half-time: South Wallsend led 3-3.
South Wallsend clawed their way to a 6-5 victory over New Lambton on a windy Saturday afternoon at Alder Park.
After suffering a 7-2 loss to Warners Bay on Wednesday night, the Wolves knew they had their work cut out for them against the high-flying Eagles.
Gemma Pearce returned in style with the defender pushing into the midfield and scoring a hat-trick to lead her team to victory.
The home side was without Stacey Day and Joey Burgess but that didn’t stop them from taking an early 2-0 lead with Georgia Amess finding the back of the net before putting in a neatly weighted cross to help Tara Andrews secure the Eagles’ second goal.
South Wallsend answered shortly after with Erin Wilson setting up Gemma Pearce but it wouldn’t take long for New Lambton to extend their lead as Tara Andrews intercepted a back pass to make it 3-1.
A late first-half charge for the Wolves, including a goal to Erin Wilson, had both teams heading into the sheds locked at 3-3.
In the second half, the two sides went goal for goal until Gemma Pearce found the match winner in the final minutes of the game.
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes called it an exciting game with plenty of goals.
“It was great to watch the girls fight back from 3-1 down to win in tough conditions,” Parkes said.
“We need to build on that performance but it was great to knock off one of the top contenders this year.”
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton said to score five goals and still lose is disappointing.
“It was always going to be a danger game for us after coming down from the high of last week,” Hamilton said.
“We couldn’t get ourselves up mentally or physically and we gave away too much space.
“When we lead 3-1 midway through the first half that should have been game over at half-time but we were punished for lazy defending and that’s a credit to South Wallsend.
“It’s disappointing but we are in a good position so we will use the bye to freshen up and prepare for another tough match against Merewether in two weeks.”
20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: New Lambton 1 drew South Wallsend 1, Adamstown 0 drew Warners Bay 0, Merewether 2 beat Wallsend 1, Thornton 3 beat Mid North Coast 1.
17s: New Lambton 2 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 4 beat Warners Bay 1, Wallsend 1 beat Merewether 0, Mid North Coast 1 drew Thornton 1.
14s: New Lambton 4 beat South Wallsend 1, Adamstown 1 drew Warners Bay 1, Merewether 4 beat Wallsend 1, Mid North Coast 6 beat Thornton 0.