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BY LINDSAY GREEN
Match of the Round
Warners Bay 8 (Cassidy Davis 4, Nadja Squires 2, Gaby Deacon, Sophie Stapleford) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Maryjane Mason) at John St Oval on Sunday. Half-time: 3-1.
Last years premiers Warners Bay put on a clinical performance to beat a battling South Wallsend 8-1 at John Street Oval on Sunday.
The game had just begun when Sophie Stapleford scored from the 18-yard box, giving the home side a 1-0 lead after two minutes.
Cassidy Davis had a goal scoring affair, bagging 4 in the 9th, 78th, 86th and 87th minute. The fleet-footed midfielder created and executed opportunities, continually threatening the Wolves’ defence.
Debutant Gaby Deacon put on a strong performance against her former club and scored a goal for Warners Bay in the 11th minute, striking into the top left corner from far wide.
The scoreline didn’t reflect the grit and determination of South Wallsend who were without Maddy Searle and Erin Wilson due to suspension. Maryjane Mason was easily their standout player and almost ran the full field to score in the 26th minute. Fill in captain Gemma Pearce strengthened the backline and Tori Farley caused plenty of headaches for the Bay.
A penalty was awarded to the hosts with less than ten minutes remaining. Skipper Nadja Squires stepped up to the dot and scored in the top right corner. Squires scored again before full time, striking from just over half way past goalkeeper Jessica Sanderson.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis felt the conditions affected the team but was happy with their performance.
“We started off really well but became fatigued quite quickly with the heat which had a big impact on our game,” Davis said.
“It’s great to see the new girls on our team doing well especially our goalkeeper Maddi [Maddison Latter] who made some great saves.”
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes thought the scoreline “reflected fatigue rather than the effort the girls put in.”
“We had a lot of chances and if we scored it may have been a different game,” Parkes said.
New Lambton 1 (Stacey Day) drew with Wallsend 1 (Libby Copus-Brown) at Kurraka Oval. Half-time: 1-1.
Arguably the most anticipated game as New Lambton drew 1-1 with Wallsend in their debut match at Kurraka Oval on Sunday.
It was a see-sawing game with New Lambton opening the scoring through a Stacey Day header in the 26th minute.
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton said it wasn’t their best performance but they were happy to take the point.
“We turned a lot of possession over and we didn’t use the ball very effectively in attack,” Hamilton said.
“I thought we were solid defensively but our ball possession was poor today.”
Lisa Cochrane earned player of the match for the Eagles in a standout performance.
Wallsend got on the board in the 44th minute after a scramble in the box with Libby Copus-Brown slotting one in the back of the net.
Devil’s coach Marc Hingston said both sides could agree it was a traditional first match.
“There’s plenty of room for improvement but it was a tough pitch to play on,” Hingston said.
“We can definitely take some positives away from the match and I can see a lot of potentials.”
Adamstown 2 (Annika D’Amico, Elodie Dagg) defeated Thornton 1 (Kirsty Power) at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0.
Adamstown started their season on a positive note after a gritty 2-1 win over Thornton on Sunday.
Buds striker Annika D’Amico capitalised on Thornton keeper Grace Harvey’s unfortunate goal kick, handing the host’s a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
Elodie Dagg slotted a penalty in the back of the net when D’Amico was brought down in the box by defender Lucinda Maddison.
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis thought the defence was strong but the girls struggled when the momentum swung.
“In the first half, we played really well and dominated the ball,” Devitis said.
“We were 2-0 up at halftime and looked pretty comfortable but Thornton came out really strong and got an early goal which shifted the momentum.
“We lost it a little bit in the second half but managed to regain control in the last ten minutes.”
Young Kristie Power-Walford scored the Redback’s only goal and captain Sophie Milton came close to levelling the game but her shot narrowly rolled to the side of the goals.
Thornton coach Rob Richardson said the girls were disappointed as they put in a tremendous effort in the heat.
“The girls gave it their best shot today in tough conditions and we were able to break down Adamstown’s defence several times,” Richardson said.
“We will get better as the girl’s gel but we have to get more clinical in front of goals.”
Round 1 WPL 20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Adamstown 2 beat Thornton 0, Warners Bay 10 beat South Wallsend 1, Merewether 1 beat Mid North Coast 0, New Lambton 4 beat Wallsend 2.
17s: Warners Bay 8 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 4 beat Thornton 2, Wallsend 5 beat New Lambton 0, Mid North Coast 1 beat Merewether 0.
14s: Adamstown 7 beat Thornton 0, Warners Bay 14 beat South Wallsend 0, Wallsend 8 beat New Lambton 0, Mid North Coast 5 beat Merewether 2.
Round 2 Sunday 18th March 2:30 pm
Match of the Round: Merewether v Adamstown at Arthur Edden Oval
Warners Bay v New Lambton at John Street Oval
Wallsend v Thornton at The Gardens
South Wallsend have the bye.