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Sunday, July 30
Warners Bay 2 (Nadja Squires (pen), Jenna Kingsley) defeated Mid North Coast 1 (Sophie Jones) at Taree Zone Fields. Half-time: 1-1.
Warners Bay may have secured the minor premiership with a 2-1 in Taree yesterday but Mid North Coast coach Mick Day felt they gained plenty ahead of this weekend’s opening leg of the semi-finals.
The Bay travel north again before returning to host Mid North Coast the following weekend.
The hosts took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Sophie Jones scored into the bottom left corner from just outside the 18-yard box.
Warners Bay captain Nadja Squires put the visitors back on level terms minutes before half-time when she was successful from the penalty spot.
The penalty was awarded after it was deemed Jenna Kingsley had been fouled in the box.
Kingsley produced the matchwinner when she finished from close range around the 60th minute after good lead-up work through Georgia Minors.
“We definitely have to be better,” Davis said. “We had a lot of chances and we did control most of the play but we were at times terrible.
“This year’s competition has been a lot tougher and it’s good to see it increasing in strength each year. Credit to our girls, they gave it all year and we’re excited for the finals.”
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day described it as “a great game”.
“This game will only give us more confidence coming into the semi-finals,” Day said.
Merewether 7 (Lori Depczynski 2, Rhali Dobson, Tayla Braithwaite, Grace Macintyre, Sarah Hartree, Sarah Halvorsen) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.
Merewether coach Cass Koppen said the most pleasing thing in a 7-0 win over Thornton in their last hit-out before the semi finals was to get several people on the scoresheet.
United already held a 3-0 lead with the game only 15 minutes old after Lori Depczynski scored twice, one with a header off a corner and the other in general play, and Rhali Dobson fired the ball into the back of the net from the top of the 18-yard box.
The onslaught continued in the second period with Grace Macintyre, Tayla Braithwaite, Sarah Hartree and Sarah Halvorsen all finding the back of the net.
“It was definitely good to get a lot of people scoring,” Koppen said.
“We never looked threatened. Our early goals came from some good build-up and we had been working in training on moving the ball quickly and that worked well.”
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson said “they blew us off the park” and was disappointed with the results from this season but said it was still a good day for the club as their 18s side captured the minor premiership.
“We’ll start looking towards the NNSW Women’s State Cup and we’ll be doing some recruiting ahead of next season. We still need that bit of quality,” he said.
Adamstown 7 (Lauren Allan 5, Elodie Dagg, Georgia Cook) defeated Wallsend 0 at Wallsend Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 4-0.
Lauren Allan scored five goals as Adamstown overpowered Wallsend 7-0 in their final hit-out ahead of hosting Merewether in the opening leg of the semi-finals.
Rosebud led 4-0 at the break after Allan produced a first-half hat-trick. Elodie Dagg also found the back of the net in the opening period.
Allan continued her goal scoring feats after the break, adding another two goals either side of Georgia Cook’s goal.
It took her tally to 16 in eight appearances since returning to Newcastle on break from playing and studying in the United States.
Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico said it was a good final hit-out ahead of the finals.
“It was a very good performance and I’m very proud of the girls and the way they’ve turned their season around,” D’Amico said.
“We’re looking forward to the semis with nothing to lose.
“But credit to Wallsend, they never stopped.”
Wallsend assistant coach Strat Kapalos said “the score didn’t reflect the game unfortunately”.
“Lauren Allan is a quality player and she will be sorely missed out of the competition,” Kapalos said.
South Wallsend – bye
Final standings: Warners Bay 46, Merewether 45, Adamstown 32, Mid North Coast 20, South Wallsend 19, Wallsend 11, Thornton 6.