Match of the Round
Warners Bay 4 (Jenna Kingsley 2, Nadja Squires 2) defeated Wallsend 2 (Sass Seaborn, Libby Copus-Brown) at Wallsend Park on Sunday. Half-time: 2-2.
A thrilling match of the round with Warners Bay taking the chocolates in a 4-2 victory over Wallsend at Wallsend Park on Sunday.
Wallsend was first on the scoresheet when Libby Copus-Brown slotted a penalty into the bottom right corner 18 minutes in, narrowly missed by Bay keeper Maddi Latter.
The Devil’s wouldn’t keep the lead for long with a long-range free-kick thunderbolt from Nadja Squires finding the back of the net just ten minutes later.
The to and fro continued with Wallsend scoring a few minutes later when a Danielle Nicol free kick from out wide found Sass Seaborn in the box who turned and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.
Cassidy Davis and Jenna Kingsley were able to combine as usual. A through ball from Davis found Kingsley who drew Danielle Redding off her line, put the visitor’s back in the game just before halftime.
Sian Keating is certainly pushing for a starting spot in first grade after another strong performance for Warner’s Bay in the backline. Throughout the match, Corinne Krupa was constantly in the mix in both attack and defence, in potentially her best game of the season, along with goalkeeper Maddi Latter.
On the opposing side, Sass Seaborn performed to her usual high standard and constantly threatened the Bay’s defensive line. Alice Munro and young Ellie Hall were clinical across the park with Danielle Redding making some excellent saves for Wallsend.
In the second half, Kingsley and Squires both grabbed their second goal of the match, handing the Bay a 4-2 victory.
Warner’s Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis thought their intensity increased in the second half.
“I think we were really flat and our attack was poor in the first half,” Davis said.
“At halftime, we spoke about urgency and the quality of our passes which I think really improved in the second half.
“We will be working on our communication and being quick on the ball in preparation for Merewether next week.”
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston praised his side for their effort after a tough 3 games in 7 days.
“To stick with a team that has 3 W-League players, I was really proud of the girls today,” Hingston said.
“We dominated the first half and their goals came at the back of our mistakes and Warners bay are a team that will capitalise on that.
“We really focused on making no mistakes in the middle because Tara, Jenna and Cass will counter-attack and we spoke about who was marking those players and making sure they didn’t have any space to play in.”
South Wallsend 8 (Mj Mason 3, Gabrielle Brodie 2, Erin Wilson, Alesha Clifford, Olivia Kennedy) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park on Saturday. Half-time: South Wallsend led 5-0.
South Wallsend have kick-started their season by thumping a battling Thornton outfit 8-0 at Thornton Park on Sunday.
It took just two minutes for the visitor’s to get on the board with a spectacular header from Olivia Kennedy finding the back of the net.
From there, it was all gun’s blazing for South Wallsend who were able to score another four goals in the opening half.
In the second half, Thornton’s defence looked stronger but the Wolve’s still managed to find a way through.
It wasn’t all celebrations for South Wallsend though, with Maddy Searle suffering a potentially serious knee injury which may see her miss a few matches.
South Wallsend coach Kevin Farley said they had been waiting to field a full strength first-grade side all year.
“We showed what we can do today and we have always known we had the team to do it,” Farley said.
“We have been waiting to have everyone back in the team so it was good to get the job done today.”
Thornton coach Rob Richardson said there were no excuses for his side’s poor performance.
“Whether it was 3 games in 7 days and the heat being a factor I’m not sure,” Richardson said.
“South Wallsend turned up to play and were a very physical side and we couldn’t match them.
“We were doing everything right but simple and easy turnovers in bad areas hurt us today.
“I think they were the best side we have played all season and that’s a credit to them.”
New Lambton 1 (Tara Andrews) drew with Merewether 1 (Jamee Ellis) at Alder Park on Sunday. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.
New Lambton moved into 4th on the ladder following a 1-1 draw with Merewether at Alder Park on Sunday.
Jamee Ellis opened the scoring for Merewether with an absolute cracking free-kick just fifteen minutes in.
Both sides had chances in the first half but were unable to capitalise, heading into the sheds with Merewether leading 1-0.
In the second half, Tara Andrews struck low and hard across Merewether keeper Alison Logue, finding the bottom left corner of the net.
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton was proud of his side’s performance and can see an improvement each week.
“It was a really positive performance from us and I’m proud of the girls today,” Hamilton said.
“Whilst a draw was probably fair, I thought we were slightly the better team.
“Our combinations and understanding of our roles is improving every week which we saw today.
“We do still have things to improve on including final passes and being more composed in the front third but I can’t take anything away from the girls today.”
Merewether coach Cass Koppen thought it was a game of missed opportunities but was happy with how her side performed given the circumstances.
“We had a few chances early and late in the game that we should have put away,” Koppen said.
“I think we did well considering the player’s we had out and it was a well-contested game.
“Finishing chances is an area we can improve on but overall, I’m pleased with the performance today.”
Round 5 Herald WPL 20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Thornton 3 beat South Wallsend 1, Mid North Coast 1 beat Adamstown 0, Wallsend 3 beat Warners Bay 0, Merewether 5 beat New Lambton 4.
17s: Thornton 15 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 2 beat Mid North Coast 0, Wallsend 4 beat Warners Bay 0, New Lambton 3 beat Merewether 0.
14s: Thornton 2 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 3 beat Mid North Coast 2, Warners Bay 2 drew Wallsend 2, Merewether 5 beat New Lambton 0.