Herald Women’s Premier League Round 11 Review

May 23rd, 2016


Renee Valentine


Warners Bay 3 (Sass Seaborn, Nadja Squires, Cassidy Davis) defeated Wallsend 2 (Shannon Day, Casey Smith) at John St Oval; Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-1.

Merewether 2 (Lori Depczynski, Sophie Jones) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Maddy Searl) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: South Wallsend led 1-0.

Adamstown 3 (Rhali Dobson 3) defeated Thornton 1 (Naomi Abbott) at Thornton Park. Half-time: Thornton led 1-0.

Mid North Coast – bye


Sunday, May 22, 2:15pm

Warners Bay 3 (Sass Seaborn, Nadja Squires, Cassidy Davis) defeated Wallsend 2 (Shannon Day, Casey Smith) at John St Oval; Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-1.

 Warners Bay coach Leon Davis said his side finally “had some luck” when they came from behind to beat Wallsend 3-2 yesterday in a high tempo, entertaining match.

Both sides had chances early in the piece but Warners Bay had looked the more likely to score during a dominant middle period where they were carving their way through and around the Wallsend defence.

But it was the visitors who struck the first blow, scoring through Shannon Day around the 25-minute mark.

Jenna Kingsley, who had earlier had a shot rattle the goalposts, carried the ball deep into Warners Bay territory before cutting the ball across the face of goal for Casey Smith to tap on to Day, who had sprinted to the back post to finish from close range.

Warners Bay hit back shortly after when Sass Seaborn drove into the box at pace with the ball, stepped around oncoming Wallsend goalkeeper Bek Saunders and finished from close range into an open goal. Seaborn has been in outstanding form this season and had Wallsend at sixes and sevens yesterday with her pace, ball skill and agility.

The hosts then took a 2-1 lead with five minutes left in the first half when Nadja Squires got on the end of an Airlie Davis corner and finished from close range with her first touch.

Jets player Cassidy Davis extended the home side’s lead to 3-1 20 minutes into the second half when she picked up the ball just outside the 18-yard box, ran into the box then drilled the ball into the top of the net.

Smith closed the gap to 3-2 for Wallsend shortly after then Alice Munro came painstakingly close to levelling the game for the visitors in the last minute of the match when her shot hit the crossbar and bounced straight down but did not cross the goal line.

“If that had happened in other games this season it probably would’ve gone in, but we finally got some luck,” Warners Bay coach Leon Davis said.

“I thought that we had the better of the chances in the first half and they probably had the better of the chances in the second half, but it was just a really good game.”

Davis said former Emerging Jets player Jemma House would “add value” after some promising signs in her first hit-out for Warners Bay yesterday. House returned from playing football in the United States during the week and played the full 90 minutes against Wallsend.

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston was disappointed with the result and said “it was their pace that killed us in the end” but also said “there were no real negatives today and we’ll take a lot out of that”.

“It was a good game and a really good promotion for women’s football,” he said.


Merewether 2 (Lori Depczynski, Sophie Jones) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Maddy Searl) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: South Wallsend led 1-0.

 Merewether put behind them a horror week in which they recorded back-to-back losses when they fought back from 1-0 down to beat South Wallsend 2-1 yesterday.

United coach Cassie Koppen hoped the result was a turning point for their season but her side needed to show “more aggression and desire to win from the start”.

“I don’t think we played poorly, I think we just allowed them too much time on the ball,” Koppen said.

“We need to start switching on from the first whistle so we aren’t chasing the game.

“But full credit to the girls for the character they showed because we have come through a rough trot in recent weeks and we have been under a lot of pressure this year; hopefully this is a bit of a turning point.”

Former Jets player Maddy Searl gave South Wallsend a 1-0 lead going to the break when she scored with a close-range half-volley after some good build-up play from the back in the final minute of the first half.

But United sealed the win with two goals in five minutes midway through the second half.

Merewether captain Lori Depcynzski usually plays central defence with Jamee Ellis but pushed further forward yesterday and found the equaliser when she scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble that ensued after South Wallsend goalkeeper Darcie Bell parried away a shot from the right.

The goal breathed life into Merewether and within five minutes Sophie Jones has scored across the face of goal from the right. Bell got a hand to the ball but could not stop the goal.

Jones, who returned to Merewether from Wallsend during the week, went off late in the game with a suspected broken ankle.

It was one of several injuries in the match.

South Wallsend player Gabbie Deacon was taken from the field in an ambulance at the end of the game with a suspected broken collarbone. Deacon has already missed several games this season with the same injury and has only been back in action in recent weeks.

The visitors had earlier lost Erin Wilson (shoulder) and Lauren Austin (hip) to injury.

South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates said there were plenty of positives to take from the game but was “massively disappointed” to forfeit their half-time lead over the defending champions.

“We felt we had them and that’s the best we’ve played for a while,” Bates said.

“We scored right before the break and at half-time we were buzzing but we let them back in.

“But can take a lot out of this; we led the game and last time we played them they flogged us 5-0, so it’s coming but it’s a slow process.”


Adamstown 3 (Rhali Dobson 3) defeated Thornton 1 (Naomi Abbott) at Thornton Park. Half-time: Thornton led 1-0.

Adamstown may have won with a two-goal scoreline but coach Ben Herron was not happy with the effort of some of his players in their 3-1 win over Thornton yesterday and threatened to “make wholesale changes” if some players did not lift their games.

The Redbacks upset defending champions Merewether 1-0 last weekend and yesterday led the runaway league leaders 1-0 at the break after Naomi Abbott scored with a close-range header midway through the first half.

Jets player Rhali Dobson scored a second-half hat-trick to give Adamstown the 3-1 win and to continue their unbeaten form this season but Herron described the game as “terribly frustrating”.

“In the first half we played poorly and there were so many fundamental errors; we were definitely our worst enemy in the first half,” Herron said.

“We talked about it at half-time but in the second half not a great deal had changed.

“I am going to be telling the girls this week that a lot of them have been put on notice because some of the girls are just off the pace at the moment.

“I’ll be telling them they have to aim up or I’ll be making wholesale changes.”

Herron paid credit to Thornton, who he said “really made us work for it today”.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer was pleased with his side’s effort and performance but said they ran out of legs towards the end.

“They are just relentless and gave us no reprieve, but I thought that was as good as we have played,” Primmer said.


Mid North Coast – bye


Herald WPL points table: Adamstown 28, Wallsend 18, Merewether 17, Warners Bay 14, Thornton 9, South Wallsend 5, Mid North Coast 2.


Herald WPL Rd 12 fixtures:

 Saturday, May 28

Adamstown v South Wallsend, Adamstown No.1 Oval, 2.15pm


Sunday, May 29

Warners Bay v Thornton, John St Oval, 2.15pm;

Merewether v Mid North Coast, Myamblah Oval, 2.15pm


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