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Match of the Round
Warners Bay 1 (Jenna Kingsley) drew with Adamstown 1 (Chelsea Lucas) at John Street Oval on Sunday. Half-time: Warners Bay led 1-0.
A see-sawing match in tough conditions saw Warners Bay and Adamstown walk away with a share of the points at John Street Oval on Sunday.
In the 18th minute, Warners Bay striker Jenna Kingsley scored after bringing keeper Olivia Sneddon off her line and slotting one in behind her.
Adamstown had limited attacking opportunities in the first half but their defence was exceptional with Clare Cummings and Jorja Hogg holding the backline well.
The momentum continually shifted throughout the match but one element that stayed the same was Tara Pender’s energy. Pender continually threatened the Buds defence and created plenty of opportunities for her teammates in what would have to be a player of the match performance.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Bay who were suddenly on the back foot in the second half with Adamstown charging down the field. Their hard work paid off with an Elodie Dagg corner finding Chelsea Lucas in the box after a scramble, putting the visitors back in the game.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis blamed a lack of fitness and hot conditions for their performance.
“We weren’t fit enough and we were nowhere near our best today,” Davis said.
“A draw was probably fair but we all agree that it wasn’t good enough.
“We moved the ball through the middle well but we just couldn’t execute our chances, unfortunately.”
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis said it was a good football match and the draw was a fair result.
“We have worked on how to be compact with the ball for the last month and the girls were spot on with that today,” Devitis said.
“Our pace in the first half was static compared to Warners Bay but we were able to change that in the second half which really helped.
“Overall, we are really happy, especially with our defence. We will work on moving the ball wide and creating opportunities in preparation for next week.”
New Lambton 5 (Tara Andrews 3, Carson McGovern, Emma Gonsalves) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Mel Price) at Walker Fields on Sunday. Half time: New Lambton led 2-0.
New Lambton proved they are genuine contenders with a 5-1 win over struggling South Wallsend at Walker Fields on Sunday.
Tara Andrews opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and managed a hat-trick while Carson McGovern and Emma Gonsalves also got on the scoresheet.
South Wallsend’s only goal came five minutes into the second half when Mel Price capitalised on a poor goal kick from New Lambton keeper Darcie Bell.
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton thought the conditions were tough but saw a noticeable improvement from their Round 1 performance.
“The conditions were tough today but we have improved with our possession of the ball,” Hamilton said.
“I thought we defended really well today and they didn’t have too many chances.
“Our focus during the week was to make sure we weren’t turning the football over when we were in possession and using it effectively to create chances.”
South Wallsend coach Kevin Farley said they were still under-strength and New Lambton’s Tara Andrews caused them plenty of headaches.
Merewether 4 (Ellie Withers, Grace Macintyre, Rhali Dobson, Lori Depczynski) defeated Wallsend 0 at Arthur Edden Oval on Sunday. Half time: Merewether led 2-0.
Merewether’s consistency and class prevailed once again, overcoming a disheartened Wallsend side 4-0 at Arthur Edden Oval on Sunday.
Merewether’s defence was at it’s best and the hosts kept a clean score sheet for their first game of the season.
It was no surprise when strike duo Grace Macintyre and Rhali Dobson were able to chalk something up with Ellie Withers and Lori Depczynski scoring as well.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said a poor first half let them down and made it difficult to compete.
“Our first half was really poor but we improved somewhat in the second half,” Hingston said.
“We weren’t even a shadow of what we have shown at training.
“It’s the simple things that let us down today but we can fix the quickly.”
Merewether coach Cass Koppen thought her sides performance was below par despite taking the 3 points.
“We were very rusty but happy to take the 3 points,” Koppen said.
“The girls were able to create plenty of goal scoring opportunities and converted some nice goals.”
Round 3 WPL 20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Adamstown 2 beat Warners Bay 1, New Lambton 2 beat South Wallsend 1, Wallsend 2 beat Merewether 1.
17s: Adamstown 2 drew Warners Bay 2, New Lambton 2 beat South Wallsend 2, Wallsend 7 beat Merewether 0.
14s: Adamstown 2 drew Warners Bay 2, New Lambton 1 drew South Wallsend 1, Wallsend 4 beat Merewether 1.