Adamstown 1 defeated Warners Bay 0 at John St Oval;
Thornton 1 defeated Merewether 0 at Thornton Park;
Wallsend 9 defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Taree Zone Field.
Sunday, May 15, 2.15pm
Adamstown 1 (Jasmin Courtenay) defeated Warners Bay 0 at John St Oval. Half-time: 0-0.
Adamstown continued their unbeaten start the season with a 1-0 win in a hard-fought battle with fourth-placed Warners Bay at John St Oval.
Jasmin Courtenay found the match winner in the 65th minute and Adamstown goalkeeper Bec Miller pulled off several crucial saves to secure the win that moved her side to 25 points, seven clear of second-placed Wallsend (18).
It was Adamstown’s third game in a week after beating Wallsend 6-2 in round nine before downing Merewether 4-2 midweek.
Both coaches agreed it was a quality match of football played.
“It was a really good game to watch, it was really even and hats off to them,” Adamstown coach Ben Herron said.
“I think we were a little leg heavy and in the second half they seemed a little bit more composed than us.”
The hosts were missing Jets player and attacking weapon Adriana Jones yesterday and key defender Laura Rapley only played the second half due to work commitments.
Warners Bay coach Leon Davis was “pretty happy” with the performance but said they still needed to be more clinical in the final third.
“It will read 1-0 against us but I don’t think that reflected the game,” Davis said.
“We probably had eight to 10 chances and I reckon they had two and with one of those chances they scored.
“But we had some really good connecting passes through the midfield and front line, we just gave the ball away a bit too much.”
Adamstown were missing Olivia Trinka and Serena Carter through injury.
Thornton 1 (Naomi Abbott) defeated Merewether 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: 0-0.
Merewether coach Cassie Koppen asked her players to do some soul searching in the wake of a shock 1-0 loss to fifth-placed Thornton yesterday.
United lost just one game on the way to capturing an historic minor premiership-championship double last year, but in three games in the past week they have managed to register just one point.
They drew 3-3 with Warners Bay in round nine after holding a two-goal lead with mere minutes left on the clock then lost 4-2 to runaway competition leaders Adamstown midweek.
Merewether were without key midfielder Jane McDonald through unavailability yesterday and Koppen said her absence was evident.
“I think three games in seven days took its toll on us and we definitely missed the composure of Jane McDonald in midfield today,” Koppen said.
“But we’ve got to stop making excuses and start looking at ourselves individually because we’ve got enough talent there, players have to start stepping up now and wanting to win.
“Individually we need to be more accountable for our performances because dropping points like this ruins seasons.
“In the next few weeks we’ve got to go out and show why we deserve to be a top-two side.”
Koppen also paid credit to Thornton’s efforts yesterday.
The game was locked at nil-all at the break but the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute when striker Naomi Abbott streaked into the box to meet a cross from the right.
Before yesterday Thornton’s only wins this season had been over last-placed Mid North Coast and they had lost 7-1 to Merewether when these teams met in the first round.
Redbacks coach Alan Primmer said the result yesterday showed that sides in the bottom part of the table could challenge the top-four sides.
“We just didn’t let them in the game,” Primmer said.
“The things we worked on during the week, just being stronger defensively and not following the ball but rather following the player, the girls did really well today.
“I said to the girls before the game that they are the defending champions and premiers, they are coming off a draw and a loss and if we’re not up for it and raring to go we’ll get punished.
“We did well and we just didn’t let them play.”
Primmer was also full of praise for the efforts of Abbott and goalkeeper Danielle Redding.
Wallsend 9 (Keely Gawthrop 2, Briony Halcombe 2, Libby Copus-Brown 2, Shannon Day 2, Jenna Kingsley 1) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Wallsend led 5-0.
Wallsend put four points between themselves and third-placed Merewether with a 9-0 drubbing of Mid North Coast at Taree Zone Field yesterday.
Red Devils captain Keely Gawthrop, Briony Halcombe, Shannon Day and Libby Copus-Brown all scored doubles and Jenna Kingsley also got on the scoresheet.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston rued his side’s lack of consistency in the lead-up to this game but said at half-time yesterday he felt like he had nothing left to do as a coach but watch.
“We played really well and one of the most pleasing things was that Jenna Kingsley was not the only goalscorer,” Hingston said.
“Some of the combination play was really good and I feel like we have turned a corner today, putting two good performances together for the first time and I feel like we have a bit of momentum now.”
Hingston was full of praise for Keely Gawthrop and Briony Halcombe, saying, “the leadership of those players today was awesome”.
“They really led by example,” he said. “Keely showed the form she was in last season and Briony showed the form of when she was at her peak in the WPL, they were outstanding.”
Mid North Coast Matt Baker conceded Wallsend were “fantastic” and said he thought they would win the competition if they played that way every week.
“I thought they were good when we played them last time and they beat us six-nil, but they were phenomenal today,” Baker said.
“The way they move players off the ball and the speed of play, they were outstanding.”
The hosts lost Jannah Gillet just half an hour before kick-off due to sickness and Brooke Summers looks to have succumbed to a serious foot injury.
South Wallsend had the bye.
Herald WPL Points table: Adamstown 25, Wallsend 18, Merewether 14, Warners Bay 11, Thornton 9, South Wallsend 5, Mid North Coast 2.
18s, 16s and 14s Results:
18s: Warners Bay drew 0-0 with Adamstown; Mid North Coast beat Wallsend 4-3; Thornton drew 0-0 with Merewether.
16s: Warners Bay beat Adamstown 2-1; Mid North Coast defeated Wallsend 8-1; Thornton downed Merewether 1-0.
14s: Warners Bay defeated by Adamstown 4-0; Mid North Coast beat Wallsend 4-0; Merewether got up 3-1 over Thornton.
Herald WPL Round 11 matches
Sunday, May 22, 2.15pm
Warners Bay v Wallsend at John St Oval;
Merewether v South Wallsend at Myamblah Oval;
Thornton v Adamstown at Thornton Park;
Mid North Coast – bye