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Sunday, July 23
Merewether 1 (Rhali Dobson) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: 0-0.
Mid North put up a good fight but were unable to take down competition heavyweights Merewether in a tight battle in the penultimate round of the season proper.
The game remained locked in a scoreless stalemate at half-time and the deadlock was not broken until the final 10 minutes of the match when Rhali Dobson scored from the top of the 18-yard box.
United coach Cassie Koppen felt they dominated possession but did not always capitalise.
“I thought we confidently held the game and definitely won the midfield battle,” Koppen said.
“We were just unable to string the final pass together.
“Heading into the finals we will look at capitalising in the final third and working on a few new combinations maintaining our discipline.”
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day was scratching to field a team for the clash and praised his side’s efforts against the competition heavyweights.
“It was a pressure game for us and we really enjoyed it,” Day said.
“We were very short on fielding a fit 11 players. A massive thanks to Kirrily ‘Billie’ Hughes who played and helped us a lot.
“Our girls improve every single week.”
Adamstown 6 (Lauren Allan 2, Clare Cummings, Emily Frost, Beth Le Gay Brereton, Maggie Quinn) defeated Thornton 1 (Jennifer Jongbloed) at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-0.
Adamstown continued building momentum as they head towards the finals with a 6-1 victory over Thornton.
It was only 16 minutes into the game when Lauren Allan broke through for her first goal of a match double.
Maggie Quinn extended the lead to 2-0 on the 30-minute mark and Allan scored again in the 44th minute to give Rosebud a 3-0 lead at the break.
Adamstown captain Clare Cummings made it 4-0 when she scored from range in the 71st minute then four minutes later Emily Frost gave the hosts a 5-0 lead.
Jennifer Jongbloed stole a goal back for Thornton in the 77th minute before Beth Le Gay Brereton scored in the final minutes of the match for Adamstown.
Rosebud coach Lou D’Amico described the performance as “good for the confidence”.
“We played well and were a little bit rusty at times,” D’Amico said.
“But credit to them, they never gave up. We called on some 18s today and they did well for us.”
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson said they only had nine first-grade players fit for the game and had several 18s players backing up to help.
“We conceded two soft goals early on and then we had a mix-up which put them 3-0 up,” Richardson said.
“It didn’t get much better after that.”
South Wallsend v Wallsend’s game at Walker Fields was abandoned after 30 minutes.
Warners Bay – bye.
Points table: Warners Bay 43, Merewether 42, Adamstown 29, Mid North Coast 20, South Wallsend 19, Wallsend 11, Thornton 6.