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Sunday, May 21
Warners Bay 8 (Sass Seaborn 2, Jenna Kingsley 2, Cassidy Davis 2, Sophie Stapleford 1, Nadja Squires pen) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Paige Kingston-Hogg) at John Street Oval. Half-time: Warners Bay led 5-1.
Warners Bay drew level with unbeaten Merewether United on top of the Herald WPL ladder with another convincing victory, this time beating an understrength South Wallsend 8-1.
The Wolves started the match without big guns Gemma Pearce, Maddie Searl, Stacey Day and Erin Wilson through unavailability, injuries and suspension.
The hosts held a 3-0 lead midway through the first half when Paige Kingston-Hogg scored to give the visitors some hope.
But by half-time, the defending champions led 5-1 then added another three in the second period.
Player-coach Cassidy Davis, Jenna Kingsley and Sass Seaborn all scored match doubles.
Nadja Squires scored from the penalty spot and Sophie Stapleford also got on the scoresheet.
The win puts Warners Bay on a collision course with United, who are the only team to have beaten the title-holders this season.
Warners Bay have shown no signs of weakness since the 2-1 loss in round five and have scored a whopping 28 goals in their past four outings.
Davis was happy with the big win ahead of their showdown with United but said, “we’ve still go to do the simple things right”.
“In the first half we played well but the second half was pretty scrappy,” she said.
“There was a few times when we gave away the ball too cheaply; it was not our best game but we are still scoring goals and everyone is keen to play Merewether again.”
The result elevated Warners Bay to 27 points and on level terms with Merewether, who had the bye over the weekend. Both teams have the same goal difference.
South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson said the fact they were missing key personnel was telling. They also lost their first-grade goalkeeper Darcie Bell at half-time.
“We had plenty of chances in the first 15 minutes then they scored off a few of our mistakes,” Wilson said.
“We need to be more clinical at both ends of the field.”
Adamstown 6 (Emily Frost 2, Chelsea Lucas 2, Ryley Field 2) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Taree Zone Fields. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-0.
Last year’s minor premiers Adamstown continued their resurgence with a comprehensive 6-0 over Mid North Coast.
Emily Frost, Chelsea Lucas and Ryley Field all produced match braces as Adamstown consolidated third place with their third straight victory.
The win gives them a four-point buffer over fourth-placed Mid North Coast as they head to the bye this weekend.
The game was only into the sixth minute when Frost opened the scoring before Lucas found the back of the net in the 26th and 45th minutes.
Early in the second period Jorjia Hogg won the ball in the middle of the park then released striker Ryley Field, who had a hand in Lucas’s first goal, beyond the Mid North Coast defence to score.
Frost completed her match double around the 75-minute mark with a shot from range then Field added another with 10 minutes left of regulation time.
Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico said the most pleasing aspect of the performance was Rosebud’s fight for possession.
“We worked hard to win possession, and that was how we scored four of the six goals,” D’Amico said.
“It was a much-improved performance for us and we were very clinical; our finishing was much better and today they went in the back of the net.
“But compliments to Mid North Coast – they had a few missing.”
Adamstown gets another boost for their next game with attacking weapon Lauren Allen back from the United States, where she has been playing college football.
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day said they prepared well and “fielded the best team available” but “Adamstown were too good”.
Thornton 1 (Jenni Jongbloed) Wallsend 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: 0-0.
The return of former captain Sophie Milton proved the boost Thornton needed as the Redbacks broke through for their first win of the season, and first since July last year when they beat Wallsend 1-0 at The Gardens.
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson said Milton, who played in behind striker Katie Smee, “was a steadying influence” and it was good to see “the girls are starting to play for each other”.
“Sophie held the ball up for us, and it is something we have really been missing,” Richardson said.
“We’ve done all the right things but have been lacking a bit in the final third.”
Milton chose not to play this season after moving to Sydney but is relocating back to Newcastle in good news for Thornton.
The score remained deadlocked at the break then roughly 10 minutes into the second half Jenni Jongbloed made the most of a Wallsend defensive error and scored.
“They’ve got a lot of creative players, but we stifled them a bit today and frustrated them,” Richardson said.
“We just kept at it. Everyone stood up and are starting to believe in themselves.”
Wallsend had their own chances to score but their poor form in front of goals this season continued.
Wallsend coach Jason Harrison felt they held “60 to 70 percent of possession” and said the Red Devils were playing good football but needed to start converting those efforts into points.
“We have created some very good chances, numerous one-on-ones,” Harrison said.
“If we were not creating anything I would be disappointed but I’m just disappointed in not getting results from trying to play. We need to turn good football into results.”
Richardson made special mention of young goalkeeper Grace Harvey, who has been filling in for an injured Danielle Redding and he said was “nothing short of magnificent” against the Red Devils.
Merewether – bye
Points table: Merewether 27, Warners Bay 27, Adamstown 14, Mid North Coast 10, South Wallsend 8, Wallsend 6, Thornton 3.