MATCH OF THE ROUND
CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI 2-3 ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC
A late Jenna Doyle screamer gave Adamstown Rosebud an important three points as they came from behind to down Charlestown Azzurri 3-2 on Sunday.
Azzurri took the lead at Lisle Carr Oval early thanks to the touch of Jess Gentle.
Charlestown proved quite the handful early for a young Rosebud defence, with the majority of the early momentum favoring the more senior Azzurri.
A quick turn of hand from goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon laid the foundation for the Buds response, with a counterattack finding the feet of Ella Spicer close to goal as she made no mistake from short range.
Gentle was again in the action for the hosts. The left edge attacker was all class as she maneuvered the ball past Sneddon to give Azzurri a 2-1 half-time lead.
Adamstown would have the last laugh however with an 85th minute penalty locking the score at 2-2 before a long-range effort from Doyle just minutes later handed the Buds a memorable victory.
“It is a tough one to stomach, to lose it from 2-1 up,” Charlestown coach Niko Papaspiropoulos said.
“The first half I thought we did really well and got a few good chances. I feel like we should have had a third before they even got close to that penalty shout.”
The loss leaves Azzurri sixth on the table, four points behind Adamstown.
“We got sucked into the real panic style and rushed a little bit in the second half,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“Up until that penalty they didn’t really create any chances. To lose that game is very harsh and I didn’t think [Adamstown] deserved to win that game. And especially not in that fashion.”
Charlestown travel to Warners Bay next week, while Adamstown tackle Broadmeadow Magic.
“In the final third, where we had the ball and we should have punished them we have to be better,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“We just need to keep our heads a little better.”
The win was soured by an injury to Charlotte O’Connor, who had to be helped from the field at the end of the match, with the extent of the injury not yet known.
NEW LAMBTON FC 1-4 BROADMEADOW MAGIC
Broadmeadow Magic were forced to work for three points on Friday, with the 4-1 win over New Lambton ensuring the women in red remain second on the Herald Women’s Premier League table.
Magic are just two points shy of the first-placed Newcastle Olympic, having suffered only the one loss. The only other points the women in red have dropped this season came in a draw against Warners Bay in round seven.
Magic coach Jake Curley described the win as one where the side “created a lot of chances.”
“I think the girls are consistently getting better as a team and starting to understand each other’s capabilities,” he said.
Ash Brodigan bagged a brace, while Kobie Ferguson and Kirstyn Antoni both added to the tally. Magic led 2-0 at half-time.
Eagles coach Maddy Searl had plenty to be impressed with despite not recording a win on paper, though lamented lapses at crucial moments.
“The performance overall was satisfying. We are improving every week. It’s just the little one percenters letting us down,” she said.
Adriana Jones had the home side well in the contest when she found the back of the net early in the second half to have New Lambton trailing 2-1.
“Our backline shut down Broadmeadow’s front line for the most part which was very pleasing to see,” Searl said.
New Lambton host seventh-placed Mid Coast at Arthur Edden Oval next week.
“We will continue to work on our combinations and tightening up our roles in ball possession opposition,” Searl said.
Broadmeadow play Adamstown at Magic Park next weekend.
MAITLAND FC 2-0 WARNERS BAY FC
Maitland has now defeated every team bar the top-two with coach Keelan Hamilton hopeful Saturday’s 2-0 win over Warners Bay is a further sign of things to come.
Kaitlin Radstaak handed the home side the early momentum with a goal inside five minutes at Cooks Square Park.
“I thought we started the game really well, then in the second half we played really strongly and probably missed a couple of chances to make it more on the scoreboard,” Hamilton said.
The early goal left the visitors scrambling, with the Panthers unable to counter on the scoreboard.
“We started really strongly and were causing issues early and it was nice to get a goal off the back of that pressure we created,” Hamilton said.
“The rest of the first half was pretty even. There were no real clear cut chances for either side.”
Emily Wicks was a late withdrawal for the Magpies, with the defender replaced by Taleah Mountford. Playing out of position, Mountford was impressive as a late inclusion.
“She is not a defender by trade but did really well and got herself an assist for the second goal,” Hamilton said.
Across the park, the Magpies mentor was full of praise for the squad, with the attention now turned towards next week’s match against top of the table Newcastle Olympic.
“I thought we were really consistent across the park on Saturday. I thought our two central defenders and our fullbacks defended really well and limited Warners Bay’s attacking threats,” he said.
“I thought our midfielders did their job both defensively and when we did have possession.
“I think if we can get our individuals better and limit those individual moments of a lack of concentration or lack of execution, I think we can definitely match them.”
Warners Bay host Charlestown at John Street Oval next weekend.
MID COAST FC 0-5 NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC
Jade McAtamney bagged a brace while Jemma House added two more goals to her season tally as Newcastle Olympic scored a ninth-straight win in the Herald Women’s Premier League, thrashing Mid Coast FC 5-0.
Laura Hall scored the side’s fifth goal, with coach Harmonie Attwill describing the win as a positive result after a challenging first half.
“It was a bit of a slow game only because Middies play quite a defensive block across the park. We really had to work hard,” she said.
“One of the key things we spoke about before the game was having a lot of patience. It was a bit of a conversation at half-time, just keep doing the simple things and then goals will come.”
With just a one-goal lead at half-time, the second half saw the flood gates open for Olympic.
“We saw things open up a lot in the second half and we knew that would happen,” Attwill said.
“I thought we kept the ball really well and we switched play a lot which I really liked which shows patience as a team and there isn’t that rush to go forward.”
Olympic, who remain at the top of the table host in-form Maitland at Darling Street Oval next weekend.
“They are always going to be a hard side to play. We know that they are well coached,” Attwill said.
“There is a lot of experience in their squad and you certainly shouldn’t write them off.
“I think last time we played them they did have a couple of players out, so we know it is going to be a different game.”
At the other end, Middies were far from outclassed in the first half, though lapses in the second half left the side chasing the game.
“Olympic are certainly a quality side and deserved the win. I thought we did well to weather an early storm,” Grass said.
“The message before the game was to hang in there for longer periods and have desire and dedication to your task. The girls just kept turning up.”
Middies travel south to tackle New Lambton next weekend.
“It is still about executing the basics for us. Too many passes don’t hit feet during games,” Grass said.
“We can have as much courage and dedication to stay in games, though to get on top in games we need to execute basic stuff better.”