Wallsend win grand final epic to lift TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup
Wallsend have claimed the TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup trophy, going one step further than their 2018 campaign by edging Warners Bay 1-0 in an epic decider under lights at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) on Sunday evening.
The Red Devils clinched the club’s first major silverware after a dominant three-day tournament that culminated in a nail-biting final ten minutes in the State Cup grand final.
Neither side could crack the other in the opening half-hour of the clash, though the Red Devils had a number of close chances that Panthers goalkeeper Maddison Latter was able to wave away in the first half.
Alesha Clifford found the winner in the 41st minute, with her lofted header that was nearly cleared on the goal-line giving Wallsend a tenuous lead.
Warners Bay came alive after falling behind, with a series of chances in the dying minutes of the match – including a one-on-one opportunity for Jenna Kingsley that Danielle Redding pushed wide on the edge of the 18-yard box.
Wallsend were able to close out the lead, with Redding’s contributions helped on by TAFE NSW Player of the Series Clifford. The Red Devils’ centreback denied a clear chance on goal in the 48th minute, blocking the shot with her body to keep Warners Bay scoreless, and seal the victory.
Earlier in the afternoon, North Coast Football made history as the first TAFE NSW Community Plate champions after an 8-0 win over Cooks Hill United. Jacquelline Kambere led the way with a hat-trick in the second half, while the club’s regular scorer Sarah Skinner netted a double.
It was a day of interesting results at the LMRFF to round out the three-day state tournament.
North Coast kicked off proceedings with a 14-0 win over Lochinvar which saw Kambere score five, while Maitland edged Western Phoenix 1-nil to qualify for the Plate semi-finals.
Libby Copus-Brown guided Wallsend to an 8-0 victory with a hat-trick against Alstonville which spurred the eventual champions into the final four, and Football Mid North Coast pulled off an upset against South Wallsend. A 3rd minute goal from Jessica James put the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) side ahead against their league opponents, and scored them a 1-0 result.
Maitland qualified for the Community Plate semi-finals with a similar result, edging Western Phoenix to punch their playoff tickets with a 7th minute strike from Chloe Irwin.
Cooks Hill ousted Maitland in the Plate semi-finals with a 3-0 win, while North Coast had a rampant 12-0 victory over the University of Newcastle Women’s squad in the other final-four match.
Group D saw the closest finish on Sunday afternoon, with Merewether earning their qualification to the semi-finals with a 0-0 draw against fellow WPL side Thornton. After both Premier League sides had collected six points in their opening two fixtures, the clubs were level on 7 points. In the end, the Llamas were sent through on goals scored (11 vs 10) since their goal difference was the same.
Merewether were then defeated by Warners Bay 4-0. Jenna Kinglsey notched a double in the elimination clash, while Katelyn Lyddiard and Cassidy Davis added to the haul. In the other semi-final, Wallsend accounted for Mid North Coast 3-0.
Red Devils defender Alesha Clifford was named TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup player of the final for her contributions in attack and defence for the 2019 champions.
Maitland goalkeeper Cheyenne Russell was awarded the TAFE NSW Player of the Series award for her efforts across the three-day tournament with the top four community club. Sophie Stapleford (Warners Bay) and Maddie Newman (Mid North Coast) were named TAFE NSW players of the match in the State Cup semi-finals.
Full Day Three Results:
8:30am Lochinvar Rovers FC 0 def. by North Coast Football 14 (J. Kambere 2′, 4′, 19′ 28′, 37′, W. Neal 9′, 34′, 48′, R. Oberleuter 22′, 46′, B. Martin 35′, S. Morrison 45′, J. Healy 50′)
9:30am Maitland JFC 1 (C. Irwin 7′) def. Western Phoenix FC 0
9:30am Wallsend FC 8 (L. Copus-Brown 4′, 27′, 49′, L. Hall 25′, 35′, K. Parrish 8′, K. Lewis 47′) def. Alstonville FC 0
10:30am University Women’s FC 0 drew Kempsey Saints FC 0
10:30am Cooks Hill United FC 0 def. by New Lambton FC 11 (T. Andrews 8′, 11′, 30′, 34′ 35′, T. Campbell 2′, 5′, 21′, K. Heap 18′, L. Cochrane 49′, own goal 27′)
11:30am South Wallsend JSC 0 def. by Football Mid North Coast 1 (J. James 3′)
11:30am Merewether United FC 0 drew Thornton Redbacks FC 0
Community Plate Semi-Final 1, 12:30pm: Cooks Hill United FC 3 (H. Crawford 13′, 47′, A. Markey 29′) def. Maitland FC 0
Community Plate Semi-Final 2, 12:30pm: North Coast Football 12 (S. Skinner 1′, 7′, 8′, 18′, W. Neal 2′, 15′, S. Morrison 11′, 25′, J. Kambere 30′, 42′ B. Martin 16′, R. Tong 17′, H. Moseley 28′) def. University Women’s FC 0
TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup Semi-Final 1, 2:00pm: Wallsend FC 3 (O. Kennedy 10′, L. Copus-Brown 19′, L. Hall 27′) def. Football Mid North Coast 0
TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup Semi-Final 2, 2:00pm:Warners Bay FC 4 (J. Kingsley 31′, 37′, K. Lyddiard 2′, C. Davis 18′) def. Merewether United FC 0
Community Plate Grand Final, 3:30pm: North Coast Football 8 (J. Kambere 28′, 42′, 43′, S. Skinner 41′, 46′, S. Morrison 7′, B. Martin 13′, W. Neal 33′) def. Cooks Hill United FC 0
TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup Final, 5:00pm: Wallsend FC 1 (A. Clifford 41′) def. Warners Bay FC 0
Blockbuster second day sets up race for TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup finals
The race for finals will head into the final day of the TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup for most tournament groups, after a series of interesting results across the fourteen games on Saturday at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
Group C is set to come down to the wire for three teams, after Warners Bay, Adamstown, and North Coast all traded blows on Day 2 of the Cup. Adamstown scored their second win of the series with an 11-0 victory against the Lochinvar Rovers, with Josie Rae netting a six-minute hat-trick for the Buds.
The win put the defending champions into the lead in the close pool. North Coast Football were yet to have their say, however, and later that afternoon the travelling squad edged the Rosebuds 1-nil in a cagey affair on Field 2.
Both teams had a lion’s share of chances in a defensively impressive battle. Sophie Boyd found what proved to be the winner in the 44th minute, cracking a long, lofted shot that broke open the game – and the entirety of Group C – for North Coast.
Warners Bay drew level with Adamstown in the afternoon, notching a tournament-high 18 goals against the Rovers. Jenna Kingsey led the way with nine in just 17 minutes, while Katelyn Lyddiard (29th, 37th), Nyah Bradley (35th, 45th) and Georgia Pearson (38th, 50th) all claimed doubles.
Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) teams South Wallsend, Merewether United, and the Thornton Redbacks all sit in prime positions to step into the State Cup semi-finals after strong Saturdays. United leads Group D on 6 points, while the Wolves and the Redbacks are locked at the top in Group B.
The Wolves claimed a 5-0 win over Western Phoenix, while Indianna Asimus guided United to a 7-0 win over the Kempsey Saints before the WPL giants edged University of Newcastle Women’s 4-1 with doubles from Asimus, and Emma Allen. University had a strong showing against the Llamas, however, with Brooke Harvey grabbing one back for the students-team in the 36th minute.
Thornton had a strong showing on Saturday as well, bouncing to the top of Group D with a 4-0 victory against University to open Day 2, before they clinched three further points with a 6-0 win against Kempsey as the rains set in late in the second day.
Fellow WPL squad Mid North Coast are just a short margin behind South Wallsend in Group B. The northern club’s win on Saturday came from a 2-0 victory against Maitland at midday, which leaves them just three points behind the leading Wolves with a game against their WPL opponents still to play on Sunday.
Finally, Wallsend have leading control of Group A after they backed up their Friday upset over New Lambton with a 6-0 win against Cooks Hill early in the afternoon. Keea Parrish opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the 4th minute, while Olivia Kennedy made sure Wallsend had full command of their second tie with two goals in the 6th and 19th minutes.
Cooks Hill equalled New Lambton’s point tally in the final fixture of the day, keeping Alstonville scoreless for the full 50 minutes under heavy rainfall. Adelaide Markey scored the only goal of the clash in the 10th minute, giving United the short advantage that eventually proved the difference.
New Lambton put points on the board earlier in the day to keep pace with Cooks Hill, with the Premier League frontrunners downing Alstonville 6-0 off the back of a hat-trick from Taylah Bryde.
The final group fixtures will be played from 8.30 am tomorrow morning, starting with a Group C meeting between Lochinvar and North Coast.
The Community Plate semi-finals will be played at 12.30 pm on both fields, ahead of the State Cup final four games at 2.00 pm. The top team from each pool will qualify for the State Cup semi-finals, while the four highest community teams will qualify for the final four in the Plate series.
The TAFE NSW Women’s Community Plate final will be contested between the semi-final winners at 3.30 pm, before the TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup decider kicks off at 5.00 pm on Field 1.
Full Day Two Results:
9:30am Thornton Redbacks FC 4 (A. Childs 5′, 35′ 40′, R. Denniss 18′) def. University of New. Women’s FC 0
9:30am Merewether United FC 7 (I. Asimus 1′, 19′, 46′, M. Collin 3′, N. O’Hara 17′, S. Keogh 43′, E. Allen 49′) def. Kempsey Saints FC 0
10:30am Warners Bay FC 4 (J. Kingsley 15′, 21′, C. Davis 18′, 29′) def. North Coast Football 1 (S. Skinner 32′)
10:30am Adamstown Rosebud JFC 11 (J. Rae 17′, 18′, 23′, A. D’Amico 1′, 34′, C. Lucas 9′, 13′, G. Cook 46′, 49′, E. Dagg 9′, B. Hewitt 36′) v Lochinvar Rovers FC 0
11:30am Football Mid North Coast 2 (E. James 39′, J. James 45′) def. Maitland JFC 0
12:30pm South Wallsend JSC 5 (G. Carr 10′, L. Byrnes 17′, M. Price 20′, A. Brodigan 25′, J. Groizard 45′) v Western Phoenix FC 0
12:30pm University of New. Women’s FC 1 (B. Harvey 36′) v Merewether United FC (E. Allen 14′, 30′, I. Asimus 20′, 49′)
1:30pm Wallsend FC 6 (O. Kennedy 6′, 19′, K. Parrish 4′, S. Phillips 35′, K. Pisani 36′, S. O’Brien 49′) def. Cooks Hill United FC 0
1:30pm Alstonville FC 0 def. by New Lambton FC 6 (T. Bryde 31′, 40′, 49′, M. Anthony 24′, 48′, E. Pepper 38′)
2:30pm Lochinvar Rovers FC 0 def. by Warners Bay FC 18 (Jenna Kingsley 7′, 8′, 12′, 14′, 16′, 17′, 19′, 22′, 24′, K. Lyddiard 29′, 37′, N. Bradley 35′, 45′, G. Pearson 38′, 50′, C. Davis 2′, M. Loretan 26′, own goal 6′)
2:30pm North Coast Football 1 (S. Boyd 44′) def. Adamstown Rosebud JFC 0
3:30pm Western Phoenix FC 0 def. by Football Mid North Coast 3 (N. Ruge 17′, E. Flower 19′, E. James 32′)
3:30pm Kempsey Saints FC 0 def. by Thornton Redbacks FC 6 (S. Randall 38′, 42′, 43′, C. Ortega-Edward 4′, T. Mountford 43′, M. Mayers 47′)
4:30pm Alstonville FC 0 def. by Cooks Hill United FC 1 (Adelaide Markey 10′)
Upsets reign in opening day of the TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup
The TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup has already brought the excitement in Day 1 of the 16-team tournament, as both Wallsend and Adamstown scored upsets against their Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) opponents on Friday evening at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF).
Wallsend won 4-1 in the first match of the competition, delivering New Lambton their first defeat of the year. The Eagles were first off the mark in the State Cup, with Taylah Bryde opening the scoring for the undefeated Premier League leaders.
The Red Devils responded immediately through Keea Parrish in the 7th minute, before Parish added a second ten minutes later to put Wallsend into the lead. Libby Copus-Brown gave her side breathing room minutes ahead of half-time, and Georgia Little clinched the upset victory in the 34th minute.
Wallsend’s momentous result against the high-flying Eagles wasn’t the only upset of the evening.
Defending champions Adamstown looked to be starting their State Cup defence off on the wrong foot as Mattiese Loretan slotted an early chance into the back of the net in the 4th minute. The Panthers were able to keep hold of their short advantage for the remainder of the first half, giving the Rosebuds just 25 minutes to recover.
Recover they did, however, with Elodie Dagg levelling the score seven minutes into the second half with a well-worked chance for the Buds. With momentum behind them, Adamstown were able to pressure Warner Bay for the next five minutes, before waving away a handful of chances for the Panthers.
Then Chelsea Lucas stood up as the hero for the Buds on Friday evening, slotting home a well-hit free kick in the 40th minute to give Adamstown the lead for the first time in the match. They were able to see out their 2-1 lead at the LMRFF to give their title defence a major shot of confidence.
Finally, South Wallsend rolled into the start of their Cup campaign with a 6-0 win against Maitland. Ashlee Brodigan kicked off the goal-haul twelve minutes into the meeting. Georgia Minors doubled the advantage in the 13th minute, and Freya Clifton rounded out the four-minute flurry with a third in the 16th.
Alice Munro added one more ahead of half-time, and Eliza Tupper and Minors closed out the strong win for the Wolves with goals in the 34th and 39th minutes.
Day Two the TAFE NSW Women’s State Cup resumes tomorrow at the LMRFF with first kick-off at 9.30 am.
Herald WPL club Thornton Redbacks face University of Newcastle Women’s FC on Field 1, while Merewether United will play against Kempsey Saints on Field 2.
Full Day One Results:
6:30pm New Lambton FC 1 (T. Bryde 6′) def. by Wallsend FC 4 (K. Parrish 7′ & 17′, L. Copus-Brown 21′, G. Little 34′)
7:30pm Warners Bay FC 1 (M. Loretan 4′) Adamstown Rosebud JFC 2 (E. Dagg 32′, C. Lucas 40′)
7:30pm Maitland JFC 0 def. South Wallsend JSC 6 (A. Brodigan 12′, G. Minors 13′ & 39′, F. Clifton 16′, A. Munro 21′, E. Tupper 34′)