VALENTINE SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Match of the Round
Warners Bay 2 (Jenna Kingsley, Tara Pender) defeated Merewether 1 (Rebekah Stuart PEN) at John Street Oval on Sunday. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.
Warners Bay made it five wins in a row and finished their regular season in style with a 2-1 victory over a strong Merewether side on Sunday.
Panthers captain Nadja Squires had an early chance to open the scoring with an absolute cracking long-range shot that looked certain to hit the back of the net but found the crossbar instead.
Merewether shot-stopper Alison Logue had potentially her best game of the season and made plenty of saves that seemed impossible.
United was first on the scoresheet when Rhali Dobson was fouled in the box and Rebekah Stuart made no mistake, stepping up to the penalty spot and slotting it in the bottom right corner.
Warners Bay found their feet in the second half when Ellie Brown crossed into the box for Jenna Kingsley who quickly turned and booted it to put them back in the game.
Fleet-footed midfielder Tara Pender found the match-winner in the final stages of the game after Kingsley crossed into the box and Pender’s shot sailed into the top right corner.
Panther’s player-coach Cass Davis said it was a great game to build confidence heading into semi-finals.
“I’m incredibly proud of the girls and how well we played today,” Davis said.
“We defended really well and controlled the game which allowed us to create a lot of chances.
“I thought we could have been up by a few at half-time but that’s football and credit to Alison because she had a great game in goals.
“Nadja was outstanding for us in both attack and defence and to come back and win 2-1, I couldn’t be happier.
“We need to work on being more clinical in front of goals and we have two weeks to work on it and be ready for round one of semi-finals.”
South Wallsend 2 (Olivia Kennedy, Gabrielle Brodie) defeated Adamstown 1 (Annika D’Amico) at Walker Fields on Sunday. Half-time: 1-1.
South Wallsend booked their first finals spot since entering the competition with a nail-biting 2-1 victory over a courageous Adamstown outfit on Sunday.
It was a to and fro game for the first 20 minutes until South Wallsend’s Olivia Kennedy had a shot from just outside the 18-yard box which sailed into the top right corner for an early lead.
But the celebration was short-lived, as Adamstown’s Lauren Allan cut back from the byline and crossed into the box for an unmarked Annika D’Amico who tapped it into deadlock the score.
The match-winner came halfway through the second half when Gabrielle Brodie headed home a Gema Simon free kick to put the game to bed.
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes said it was a game that gave him heart palpitations but he was relieved and excited to have booked a spot in the finals.
“We are all really excited because it’s the first year since being in the competition that we get to play finals,” Parkes said.
“It was a tough game and Adamstown is a good team but I thought we played well considering our ground isn’t in the greatest condition.
“We managed to get in front but they caught us napping and equalised pretty quickly. We had a number of chances we should have finished but couldn’t until the dying stages of the game.
“It was closer than I would have liked but we got over the line in the end and now we have a chance to play finals football and show other teams what we are capable of.”
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis described it as “a devastating loss” but said there are positives to take forward into next season.
“It was 1-all at halftime which was good because it set the game up for a big finish,” Devitis said.
“We had a lot of chances but every shot went straight to the keeper and the ground had no grass which made it a game of we attack, you attack which limited our play a little bit.
“We only had 9 first grade players so Piper Richards and Imogen Mcinnes from our U/20s both started and did a great job for us.
“We have had a lot of girls from the younger teams play in first grade which has been great for them to get the experience and I have no hesitation in calling them up.
“To get to the second last game knowing you have a good chance to make the finals and especially with other teams having Westfield W-League players, even though we are incredibly disappointed we have to hold our heads high because we have done really well this year.
“We have pushed every team in the competition and considering the amount of injuries we have had, I couldn’t be prouder of our effort and determination and I know we will come back bigger and better next year.”
U20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Merewether 2 beat Warners Bay 0, Adamstown 1 beat South Wallsend 0, Thornton 2 beat New Lambton 1, Mid North Coast 7 beat Wallsend 1.
17s: Warners Bay 2 beat Merewether 0, Adamstown 4 beat South Wallsend 0, Thornton 8 beat New Lambton 0, Wallsend 1 beat Mid North Coast 0.
14s: Merewether 0 drew Warners Bay 0, Adamstown 11 beat South Wallsend 0, New Lambton 1 beat Thornton 0, Mid North Coast 4 beat Wallsend 0.