Match of the Round
Merewether United 1 (Nicki Jones) drew with Adamstown Rosebud 1 (Lauren Allen)
Sunday 24th June, 2:30 pm, Myamblah Oval
Half Time: Merewether 1-0
Merewether seemed to have lost their chance of potentially stealing the premiership this season after a tough draw with local rivals Adamstown.
Merewether kicked off the game looking the stronger our of the two and their dominance paid off as Nicki Jones scored a well-taken goal after just ten minutes.
Adamstown’s defence attempted to clear the ball, but it was blocked by Jones and expertly tucked away with her next touch.
Down a goal, the Rosebud’s looked to reverse the pressure and began to create some chances of their own but just couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.
That was until Lauren Allen stepped up and knocked away a beautiful shot from outside the box to equalise the score.
As the match came to a close, both teams showed their desperation to win and the action quickly became end-to-end in the search of a late winner.
However, neither could find a second goal, ending in a tough draw.
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis said although it was a good result against a top side, he felt his team could have grabbed the win.
“To get a point is excellent because we just need to be picking up any points that we can at the moment, so to get that, I’m very, very happy,” Devitis said.
“But after the game, I think the girls were a little disappointed that we didn’t go on with it and get the win because it was probably there for the taking.
“I think the draw was a fair result though.”
Devitis praised his midfield for their efforts as well as the defence for the ability to control and dominate the game.
“I thought our midfield was winning one verse ones and we were winning some really nice tackles.
“Our defence was great as well though, they were tough and super compact…our two centre-backs probably won around 10-15 headers each.”
Warners Bay 3 (Jenna Kingsley x2, Nadja Squires) def. New Lambton 1 (Georgia Amess)
Sunday 24th June, 2:30 pm, John St Oval
Half Time: Warners Bay 2-0
Warners Bay have stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points following a strong victory over New Lambton at home.
The game began in cagey fashion as both attempted to strangle control, but it would be the league leaders who would strike first through; their offensive gun Jenna Kingsley grabbed the first goal and the lead for her team.
New Lambton tried to work their way back into the game but were denied by the crossbar on two occasions in quick succession and Kingsley would again punish the Eagles for their missed chances.
Kingsley fired another past the keeper to double the lead just before halftime and take her goal-scoring tally to an incredible 22.
The second half saw New Lambton gain some momentum and it led to a goal scored by Georgia Amess, however, any chance of a comeback was squashed late in the game when an amazing Nadja Squires free kick found the back of the net to seal the win and potentially, the premiership as well.
Warners Bay’s player-coach Cass Davis confessed that a change in tactics was a contributor to their early dominance.
“It was a tough game and it was quite physical,” Davis said.
“In the first half I thought we did well and played to our game plan, which was slightly changed, but in the second half, they changed their formation and came at us.
“We slightly brought in our wingers to make the midfield more congested and just delayed a little bit to get our shape set.”
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton said he was proud of his team for their performance, but that their first half was what let them down in the end.
“I don’t know why, but we definitely had a few nervous legs and we started off the game a bit tentative,” Hamilton said.
“I think we may have played a bit of the game before we ran onto the pitch and that showed in the first half.
“If you give a side like Warners Bay a 2-goal lead, it’s very hard to come back from. But we did really well to put them under pressure in the second half.
“On another day, if we get the bounce of the ball, we could potentially have grabbed that equaliser, but we probably just gave them too big of a head-start in the first half.”
Hamilton suggested though that despite the loss, he was still confident that his side can easily challenge for the title as they run into the finals.
“A big thing we can take out of today was that we weren’t at our best, but we still pushed them all the way.
“We’re definitely disappointed, but we’re taking the positives out of it and we know we can match it with the best.”