Match of the Round
New Lambton 5 (Tara Andrews 2, Stacey Day, Georgia Amess, Lisa Cochrane) defeated Adamstown 3 (Olivia Trinka, Lauren Allan, Maggie Quinn) at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Sunday.
Half-time: Adamstown led 2-1.
Three goals in five minutes proved the difference for New Lambton who outclassed Adamstown 5-3 on a wet and windy Sunday afternoon.
In a see-sawing first half, Olivia Trinka put Adamstown on the board before Stacey Day found the equaliser with a long-range free kick.
Strike weapon Lauren Allan took her tally to two goals in as many matches just before half-time to give the Buds a 2-1 lead.
The whistle had barely blown to start the second half when Tara Andrews scored a double and Georgia Amess also found the back of the net to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead. Lisa Cochrane scored from a corner five minutes later to put the game to bed.
A goal from Maggie Quinn in the later stages of the game shifted the momentum with Adamstown unlucky not to grab another.
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton said it was a big three points but they need to be more disciplined defensively.
“I was really proud of our mentality to be able to fight back after making mistakes for the two goals we conceded,” Hamilton said.
“We could have lost our concentration but we spoke about staying composed which was good to see us put that behind us in the second half.
“We need to be smarter in how we control games when we’re in front but we had six girls under 18 in our starting 11 who did a fantastic job and we played some really good football at times.”
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis said a lapse in their play over 10 minutes of the game was the deciding factor.
“We were up 2-1 at half-time and were playing quite well then they scored three goals in the first five minutes of the second half, which was crazy,” Devitis said.
“They capitalised on a couple of mistakes and everything they did turned to gold.
“We fought back to 5-3 and dominated the last 25 minutes but were unlucky not to score again.
“Overall, we were gutted to lose the game after a solid first half but the girls showed belief and a fighting spirit which is a credit to them.”
U20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Adamstown 1 drew New Lambton 1, Mid North Coast 1 drew Warners Bay 1.
17s: Adamstown 4 beat New Lambton 2, Mid North Coast 1 drew Warners Bay 1.
14s: Adamstown 6 beat New Lambton 0, Mid North Coast 2 beat Warners Bay 0.