Match of the Round
Merewether 6 (Jamee Ellis 2, Sarah Hartree, Leah Giuffre, Tamara Nash, Nicki Jones) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields on Sunday.
Half-time: Merewether lead 3-0.
It was all one-way traffic with Merewether bagging six goals to defeat a discouraged South Wallsend at Walker Fields on Sunday.
Merewether’s Jamee Ellis put the visitors on the board after scoring from a long-range free kick just 15 minutes in. Five minutes later, Tamara Nash ran onto a through ball and was able to put one away.
A penalty for a push in the back resulted in Sarah Hartree converting and handing Merewether a 3-0 lead at halftime.
South Wallsend were still under-strength and will be looking forward to key players returning over the next few weeks.
In the second half, it was clear Merewether weren’t finished yet with Leah Giuffre striking from way out to find South Wallsend keeper Jessica Sanderson who fumbled the ball.
Ten minutes later, Nicki Jones made a solo sprint down the sideline and scored with Jamee Ellis scoring from long range just before full time.
Merewether coach Cass Koppen was pleased with the performance after a demanding schedule.
“We are very happy to keep a clean sheet and get a variety of players on the scoresheet,” Koppen said.
“We’re glad to get 9 points out of the last week which has been a very tough run.”
Wallsend 3 (Libby Copus-Brown, Laura Hall, Sass Seaborn) defeated Adamstown 1 (Olivia Trinka) at Adamstown No.1 on Sunday.
Half-time: Wallsend led 2-1.
Wallsend bounced back from a disappointing loss last week to down Adamstown 3-1 in a physical battle at Adamstown No.1 on Sunday.
Multiple yellow cards, one red card and plenty of arm-wrestling, this match had it all.
Adamstown was first on the board after Olivia Trinka scored in the 5th minute but the celebration was short lived as Wallsend answered one minute later with a free kick from Libby Copus-Brown finding the back of the net.
The Devil’s scored again in the 19th minute when a Sass Seaborn strike bounced off the post and found Laura Hall who was able to put it away.
Ten minutes into the second half, Sass Seaborn was at it again and almost scored for the visitors but Buds’ keeper Olivia Sneddon made a spectacular one-handed save and put in a strong performance all game.
Wallsend were down to 10 players in the 75th minute after Jessica Evans was handed a red card for back-chatting the referee but that didn’t stop them with Seaborn sprinting to the goals and striking low into the left corner.
Seaborn was one of the Devil’s best players on the day who constantly made penetrating runs and was difficult to contain. Danielle Nicol and Brooke Summers were outstanding defensively and were able to shut down any attacking play from Adamstown.
Courtney Wiltshire and Jocelyn Rae were standout players in an average Adamstown team with Elodie Dagg performing to her usual high standard.
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis believes Wallsend won the match in the first half with their strong start.
“I have to give Wallsend a lot of credit as they were very good,” Devitis said.
“At halftime, we spoke about being patient and improving our pass quality and that was the difference between us and Wallsend.
“Physically, we were in the battle but they had too much energy. It may have possibly been that we had to play mid-week but we failed to do the simple things.”
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston praised the girls for the courage they showed with only ten players in the back end of the second half.
“Defence was a big focus for us during the week and ensuring that Adamstown had no room to work in,” Hingston said.
“Courage definitely got us over the line but I was really impressed with their enthusiasm and willingness to play for each other.
“I thought we played as good as any team in the competition in the first fifteen minutes of the game and keeping that consistency is definitely something we will be working on.”
Warners Bay 7 ( Jenna Kingsley 4, Sophie Stapleford 1, Tara Pender 1, Cassidy Davis 1) defeated Thornton 1 (Kirstie Power-Walford) at Thornton Park on Sunday.
Half-time: Warners Bay lead 6-0.
Warners Bay sent a strong message to the competition and extended their lead on the ladder, defeating Thornton 7-1 at Thornton Park on Sunday.
The game had barely started when Warners Bay opened the scoring through Sophie Stapleford in the 5th minute.
Jenna Kingsley bagged four goals with assistance from Gaby Deacon and Tara Pender scored her first goal for Warners Bay with Cass Davis also joining the scoresheet.
Whilst it may have been a one-sided affair for Warners Bay in the first half, Thornton came out firing in the second half and were able to keep the visitors to a single goal. Young Kirstie Power-Walford slotted her second goal of the season for the Redbacks in what was a polished performance.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis said that there are still improvements to be made, despite winning by a large margin.
“I thought we took our chances well and we started off strong,” Davis said.
“Being up 6-0 at half-time was certainly a positive but we struggled as the game went on.
“The heat was tough and Nadja left the field with an injury and Katelyn and Sian had already played a game in the u20s.
“Overall, we are happy with the win but still have things to work on that will need to be better for next week.”
Thornton coach Rob Richardson thought transitions were what let them down.
“We played some very good football and asked plenty of questions of Warners Bay,” Richardson said.
“They hurt us on quick transitions but we will regroup for Wallsend on Wednesday night.”
Round 4 WPL 20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Adamstown 2 drew Wallsend 2, Warners Bay 3 beat Thornton 0, Merewether 7 beat South Wallsend 0, Mid North Coast 14 beat New Lambton 0.
17s: Wallsend 5 beat Adamstown 0, Thornton 2 beat Warners Bay 1, Merewether 2 beat South Wallsend 0, Mid North Coast 0 drew New Lambton 0.
14s: Adamstown 8 beat Wallsend 0, Warners Bay 4 beat Thornton 0, Merewether 6 beat South Wallsend 1, New Lambton 4 beat Mid North Coast 2.