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Merewether 4 (Jamee Ellis 2, Rhali Dobson 2) defeated Adamstown 0 at Myamblah Oval on Saturday.
Merewether won the two-legged semi-final 6-1 on aggregate.
Merewether secured passage to the 2017 championship decider by downing Adamstown 4-0 at Myamblah Oval on Saturday in the second leg of their home-and-away semi-final.
United finished 6-1 up across the two legs after winning 2-1 in the first leg at Adamstown Oval on August 6.
Merewether took a 1-0 lead on Saturday around the 15-minute mark when Jamee Ellis scored with a corner kick.
Rhali Dobson extended the lead 10 minutes into the second half when she scored from close range after Adamstown goalkeeper Natalie Wiseman looked to have wrapped the ball up from a Merewether shot only to drop it at the Westfield W-League striker’s feet.
Dobson made it a match brace in the 77th minute when she finished a cross put in by Sarah Halvorsen from the right.
Ellis took the score to 4-0 with a sublime left-footed free kick from 25 metres out which hit the woodwork before dropping into goal.
Adamstown had their chances to get back in the game but could not convert. They hit the goalposts multiple times in the second half.
Merewether coach Cassie Koppen was happy with the result but said there was plenty of room for improvement ahead of the decider.
“We worked a lot through the week on fine-tuning our structure and I think it paid off in the end,” Koppen said.
“We finished our chances well but we need to create a few more opportunities, we need to convert possession into chances.
“We also had a period of time, 15 or 20 minutes, where we did lose that control a little bit and obviously we can’t do that against Warners Bay.
“We’re going to need to be switched on the entire time and that’s something I’ll be reinforcing this week.”
Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico was disappointed but full of praise for his squad and the character they showed throughout the season until the final whistle blew on Saturday.
“They tried hard and I think hit the posts four or five times but just didn’t seem to get the rub of the green,” D’Amico said.
“But all credit to the girls, the way they turned around their season and they never gave up today.
“I don’t think the score line reflected the game but we wish Merewether good luck and we look forward to our 18s playing in their grand final.”
Warners Bay 3 (Cassidy Davis, Brooke Miller, Sass Seaborn) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at John Street Oval on Sunday.
Warners Bay won 7-2 across the two legs.
Warners Bay are set to chase back-to-back titles after joining Merewether in the grand final with a 3-0 win over Mid North Coast in the second leg of their semi-final on Sunday.
The defending champions led 4-2 after the opening leg of the home-and-away tie and were 1-0 up by half-time on Sunday after player-coach Cassidy Davis scored from outside the 18-yard box heading to the break.
Mid North Coast goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone got her hand to Davis’s shot before it sailed into the top left corner.
Warners Bay defender Brooke Miller extended the lead when she headed into the net off a corner around the 70th minute then Sass Seaborn finished from close range five minutes later.
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day felt depth cost them but was proud of his squad for achieving their goal of making the top four as the club goes through a rebuilding phase.
“We knew we probably didn’t have the soldiers today, the physio used about two rolls of strapping tape on the team before the game and it’s hard to compete when you don’t have the depth,” Day said.
“I know the girls are disappointed because they believed they were coming here for a 3-0 win.
“But we’re happy; they hit the goals they set for themselves and I think they can be proud with what they have done this season for Mid North Coast Football.”
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis was thrilled to be through to the club’s second straight grand final but said there was plenty of work to be done ahead of the championship decider.
“I thought we started slow but came home strong and we’ll get a big lift from that,” Davis said.
“I said to the girls today that we just have to be smart and play how we want to play next week, and I think we did that.
“I’m happy with the girls, we’ve got a strong 18 and everyone is in a good mind frame.”