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Match of the Round
New Lambton 6 (Tara Andrews 2, Georgia Amess 2, Joey Burgess 2) defeated Wallsend 0 at Alder Park on Sunday 17th June.
Half-time: New Lambton led 6-0.
New Lambton has all but sealed a top-four finish with a 6-0 thumping of Wallsend at Alder Park on Sunday.
The Eagles put on a masterclass, scoring four goals in 14 minutes to leave the visitors rattled and searching for answers.
Crafty positioning allowed Georgia Amess to chip the Devil’s keeper before Joey Burgess drew the keeper out and slotted one past her after receiving a pinpoint pass from Tara Andrews.
A back and forth arm wrestle ended with Amess grabbing her second as Andrews grabbed her first with a long-range cracking shot finding the back of the net. Burgess and Andrews both completed their double before half-time.
Eagles coach Keelan Hamilton said the key factor was getting the simple things right.
“Our execution with the ball was outstanding today which is something we have been striving for all season,” Hamilton said.
“Our midfield defensive pressure was really good and that allowed us to win the ball back quickly.
“We had a couple of chances in the second half and we were unlucky not to score a couple more but that’s a credit to Wallsend.
“They battled away really well in the second half and made it difficult for us to create any opportunities.
“There are a lot of positives to take out of this game and we will be looking to build on this performance next weekend.”
Devil’s coach Marc Hingston said he “hasn’t seen anything like that since Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup four years ago.”
“We didn’t show up today and they made us pay with six goals in 30 minutes,” Hingston said.
“Their first two or three goals came from us turning the ball over in dangerous areas and players like Joey Burgess and Tara Andrews make you pay.
“Our attitude was pretty ordinary but we managed to pick it up at half-time and we played really well in the second half.
“Training sessions this past week have been outstanding which makes this loss hurt even more but to the girl’s credit, they came back in the second half and showed their true colours which is a positive we will take away from the game.”
Warners Bay 3 (Jenna Kingsley 2, Gaby Deacon) defeated South Wallsend 2 (Sass Seaborn, Beth Kermode) at Walker Fields on Sunday 17th June.
Half-time: South Wallsend led 2-1.
It was a to and fro match with plenty of action as Warners Bay narrowly escaped with a 3-2 win over a courageous South Wallsend on Sunday afternoon.
The wind caused havoc at Walker Fields as gusts reached almost 50km/h.
South Wallsend’s newest recruit, Sass Seaborn, scored her first goal for the Wolves in the 35th minute, when she capitalised on a loose ball in the box to give the host’s a 1-0 lead.
Warners Bay answered almost immediately, with Gaby Deacon drawing the Wolves keeper off her line and slotting it in behind her in the bottom right corner.
The Wolves had the final say heading into the sheds, with Beth Kermode’s free kick from just outside the 18-yard box sailing into the top right corner.
In the second half, a neatly placed cross from Sophie Stapleford found Jenna Kingsley, who struck hard and low into the bottom right corner to lock the score at 2-2.
This time, Deacon turned provider, passing across the goal to Kingsley who booted it in the back of the net to complete her double.
South Wallsend was a well-oiled machine with Mj Mason, Olivia Kennedy and Sass Seaborn threatening the Panther’s defensive line constantly. Gabrielle Brodie had a spectacular solo effort down the field and was unlucky not to score a few times.
Warners Bay appeared lacklustre in the first half but came out strong in the second with Sian Keating and Corinne Krupa performing well in the backline.
Panther’s player-coach Cass Davis said it was a physical battle where they were lucky to take the three points.
“In the last round, teams are always more competitive and South Wallsend matched us really well today,” Davis said.
“We struggled a little in the first half but we managed to finish our chances in the second half which was pleasing.
“They shut our attack down which made it difficult for us to create opportunities and their three up front combined really well.
“They turned up ready to play and made us work really hard for the three points which is a credit to them.”
Wolves coach Brad Parkes said there wasn’t much separating the two sides in a great game of football.
“We defended really well as a team and played the way we wanted to, which was great,” Parkes said.
“The last few times we have played them, we have been switched off and a team like Warners Bay will punish you for that, so I was really happy with our defensive work.
“I thought our three up front had some great combinations and Gabrielle Brodie was outstanding for us today.
“They took their chances which is something we struggled with a few times throughout the game.
“We just got pipped at the post but our ability to compete with the top sides is a big positive.”
U20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Warners Bay 11 beat South Wallsend 0, Thornton 2 beat Adamstown 1, Merewether 1 beat Mid North Coast 0, Wallsend 2 beat New Lambton 1.
17s: Warners Bay 2 beat South Wallsend 0, Thornton 4 beat Adamstown 2, Mid North Coast 3 beat Merewether 0, Wallsend 4 beat New Lambton 0.
14s: Warners Bay 1 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 5 beat Thornton 0, Mid North Coast 1 beat Merewether 0, Wallsend 2 beat New Lambton 0.