Adamstown Rosebud 2 (Annika D’Arrico x2) def. by South Wallsend 4 (Gemma Harrison, Ashlee Brodigan, Gabrielle Brodie, Own Goal)
Sunday 17th March, 2:30pm, Adamstown Oval
It was a weekend full of wet weather however two games were still able to go ahead and one of those saw a fantastic back-and-forth tussle between Adamstown and South Wallsend.
The Wolfies eventually ran out 4-2 winners over the Buds despite having multiple players out including Westfield Matilda Gema Simona and Kalista Hunter but they didn’t have it all their own way.
It was a close encounter to begin the game and it took 30 minutes for South Wallsend captain Gemma Harrison to find the breakthrough with a headed goal, although moments later and just minutes before half-time, Adamstown’s Annika D’Arrico found the back of the net to equalise the scores.
The second half kicked off in disaster for the Rosebuds, after conceding an own goal from a corner just minutes in the return of play and things only got harder when Ashlee Brodigan scored an absolute pearl of a goal. Her first-time strike nestled into the top corner from almost 30 yards out and may well be in the discussion for goal of the year come the season’s end, but more importantly, it doubled her side’s lead.
Star American striker Gabrielle Brodie also got on score-sheet moments later to make it 4-1, and although D’Arrico successfully scored a second for her side, they weren’t able to mend the damage losing their second game of the year.
Despite the loss, coach Paul DeVitis was pleased with the performance but admitted it was always going to be hard against such a strong Wolfies team.
“Going in half-time at 1-all, I thought that was a fair reflection and we spoke about a couple of things that we needed to work on and they were over the whole game a lot stronger than us on the ball and that was a big factor in the result I think,” said DeVitis.
“It was a very end to end game and it was good to watch.
“We had four girls out from our first-grade team and had to play some U20s girls and obviously girls on the bench. They do well but it was hard against a team like South Wallsend.
“To our credit, when we had 10 players and we entrusted to a different formation and then we got a goal and then we sort of kept pushing and kept trying to play football which was really nice. They were just trying to counter-attack us out wide which was dangerous, but we were just pushing for another goal.
“I think they [South Wallsnd] will be a top 4 team by the looks of it – to actually see them play, I was pretty impressed with their players.”
South Wallsend’s coach Cas Wright said her team was slow to get out of the gates against a strong Adamstown team, but was happy that her side eventually took control in the second half.
“Adamstown came out strong wanting to win the ball probably more than what we did,” Wright admitted.
“Our girls sort of underestimated their opponents and didn’t really get things moving until half time. We made a few changes at half time.
“The girls are still working together. We’re a fairly new team and not quite there yet.
“We will continue on building what we’re already building. It’s just basically about getting the ball in the back of the net.
“We do a lot of technical training, it’s not quite there yet but we’ll get there.”
Football Mid North Coast 0 def. by New Lambton 7 (Tara Andrews x6, Jenna Kennedy)
Sunday 17th March, 2:30pm, Taree Zone Field
New Lambton have continued their strong start to the season with a 7-nil drubbing over newly returned WPL side Football Mid North Coast and in the process, stamping their mark at the top of the table.
The Middies put up a good fight but just weren’t able to handle the quality that the Eagles possess especially with players like Newcastle Jets forward Tara Andrews who incredibly scored six taking her season tally to eight.
New Lambton got off to a quick start scoring in the first three minutes and although Mid North Coast rallied well to keep possession and work their way back into the game, the away team continued those goal-scoring throughout the first half, finishing the opening stanza with a 3-0 lead.
The second half began with both teams battling for control, but a goal after ten minutes looked to put the game out of reach for the Middies, and in the end, the Eagles were just far too strong running out big winners.
New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton praised his team for their efforts but admitted that there were still areas of their game that needed improving.
I think it was a pretty professional performance from us and we managed the game well,” Hamilton said.
“We talked about starting properly and not allowing the opponent into the game and I thought we did that.
“For us, we want to continue to get better in possession of the ball and improve the accuracy of our passing, making sure we don’t limit the amount of cheap turnovers.
“I think if we keep working on that control on games more, with the possession of the ball, I think that’s an area of improvement we can continue to work on, not for just next week, but for further into the season as well.”
Football Mid North Coast coach Mick Grass confessed it was always going to be an uphill battle against such a quality opposition, but his extremely young team were learning and developing from it all.
“We are playing against seasoned W-League players but not just that, the rest of the players in that side are seasoned players themselves. You’ve got someone up front like Tara putting goals in for fun and Sophie in the middle controlling the game,” said Grass.
“We have good a lot of learning to do. It has been a bit of baptism on fire these last two weeks with the young girls.
“Just ike last week Sam Bestwick at the back was fantastic. She probably kept us in the hunt for long periods of the game and but again but she is seasoned player at just 19 years old and the rest of them are younger than that.
“Hopefully they are learning from it. I think they will be. We’ve just got to not just develop our technical ability, but a bit of football intelligence needs to improve as well. Just a few naive decisions out there today which cost us a lot of possession and cost us goals in the long run as well.
“There’s no reason to hang ourselves just yet, there’s a lot of improvement in this team and I can see this for sure. They just have to accustom to the intensity what this competition is like. Over a period of time, that will all start to come but at the moment it’s just quite not there yet.”
All other games were postponed due to wet weather.