Adamstown 3 (Rhali Dobson 2, Emily Frost) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Lauren Austin) at Adamstown Oval on Saturday. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-1
Warners Bay 4 (Adriana Jones 2, Sass Seaborn, Kallie Lewis) defeated Thornton 1 (Katie Smee) at John St Oval yesterday. Half-time: 1-1
Merewether 1 (Hannah Sunasky) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Myamblah Oval yesterday. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0
Wallsend – bye
Adamstown 3 (Rhali Dobson 2, Emily Frost) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Lauren Austin) at Adamstown Oval on Saturday. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-1.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron was much happier with his side’s performance in a 3-1 win over South Wallsend on Saturday but rued their failure to kill off the game by not being clinical enough in the final third.
All four goals of the game were scored in the first half and the hosts led 3-1 at the break. However the second half remained scoreless.
Rhali Dobson opened the scoring for Adamstown around the 20-minute mark when she picked up the ball just inside South Wallsend’s half on the counter-attack and made a break for the goals.
But the visitors hit back shortly after when they scored off a corner kick taken by Lauren Austin. There was some conjecture over the goal. The ball sailed into the goalmouth and Rosebud goalkeeper Bec Miller caught the ball but dropped it near her feet and the ball was ruled to have crossed the goal line.
Emily Frost extended the lead for Adamstown to 2-1 after Beth Le Gay Brereton released her into space with a nice through ball behind the South Wallsend defence and Frost slotted home at the back post.
Dobson completed a match brace with a nice finish late in the half.
“It was a defensive improvement on last week,” Herron said.
“We showed a lot more composure and really ran the other team around. We were more patient with the ball and we were slowly able to shift the ball from side to side.
“But our finishing let us down a lot and we lacked a little bit of composure in the box. The amount of chances we created but didn’t finish was pretty criminal.”
New recruit Lauren Allan did not play on Saturday but will be included for the squad to travel to the Mid North Coast this weekend and Herron said her addition would create some healthy competition for starting spots.
South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates said she felt a bit “like a DJ on repeat” after another disappointing result.
“In the first half we shot ourselves in the foot a bit and just gave too much ball away,” Bates said.
“In the second half we just couldn’t finish. We played a lot better but mistakes cost us in the end.
“But, as I keep saying, we are in a building phase and we got flogged by both Merewether and Adamstown in the first round, so it is a massive improvement on where we came from,” Bates concluded.
Warners Bay 4 (Adriana Jones 2, Sass Seaborn, Kallie Lewis) defeated Thornton 1 (Katie Smee) at John St Oval yesterday. Half-time: 1-1.
Warners Bay mounted a late surge, scoring three goals in 15 minutes to down Thornton 4-1 yesterday.
The game was only 10 minutes old when Thornton took a 1-0 lead through Katie Smee, who finished from close range off a corner.
Adriana Jones, who returned to Warners Bay yesterday after a two-game absence, levelled the score around the 30-minute mark and the match remained locked at the break.
Warners Bay coach Leon Davis was “very frustrated” with the performance and felt “mentally we were not there” and thought Thornton attacked the ball better in the first half.
“I gave them a blast at half-time and their energy levels were far better in the second half,” Davis said.
“But we missed so many chances. We hit the post, the crossbar, the keeper, you name it; we missed one-on-ones.”
But the hosts still managed to finish with the points as they overpowered a tiring Thornton in the latter stages of the match.
As the game entered the 75th minute, Sass Seaborn, who has been outstanding for Warners Bay this year, blasted the ball from 25 metres out into the net.
The goal turned the game for the hosts, who then added two more goals through Jones and Kallie Lewis as the match headed towards full-time.
Thornton assistant coach Dave Redding felt the Redbacks were in it up until the final 15-minute goal spree.
“Two goals in the space of a few minutes really sunk us,” Redding said.
“We run out of petrol a bit at the end but I couldn’t fault the players.
“We have been getting off to a good start in games, just running out of legs a little towards the end.
“But we have certainly been on the improve and each week we are getting better and better. We more than held our own against three of the top-four sides.”
It was the third week in a row that Thornton had led a top-four side. They beat defending champions Merewether 1-0 in round 10 then led runaway competition leaders Adamstown 1-0 in round 11 before succumbing 3-1.
They complete a tough three-week period by taking on third-placed Wallsend next weekend.
Merewether 1 (Hannah Sunasky) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at Myamblah Oval yesterday. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.
Mid North Coast continued to be Merewether’s bogey side as the defending champions won 1-0 yesterday but never felt the game was dead and buried.
Merewether took the lead around the 30-minute mark when midfielder Ellie Withers slipped the ball through the Mid North Coast defence for striker Hannah Sunasky to slot home.
Merewether coach Cassie Koppen was happy to keep the winning momentum going after a tough run.
“We got the three points and we held a clean sheet and we held the run so we’ve got to be happy with that,” Koppen said.
“We just need to get a bit of momentum back to our season and two wins in two weeks is a good start.
“We’ve got to keep the ball rolling now.”
Koppen said they “ran out of legs a bit and lacked a bit of discipline in our structure” in the second half, which allowed Mid North Coast back into the game.
Merewether were without Sarah Halvorsen and Bronte Walters due to unavailability and Sophie Jones through injury.
They lost defensive dynamo Sarah Hartree to a hamstring complaint just five minutes into the match and called on a swag of 18s players yesterday.
Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker was “very happy with the 90 minutes” and felt they showed some promising signs by finishing on top of the defending champions.
“It was a great game today by the girls,” Baker said.
“We had good width coming out of defence all day, we had plenty of chances to draw or even win towards the end of the game.
“Overall Merewether played the better football but I thought we came home the stronger.”
Wallsend – bye.
Herald WPL points table: Adamstown 31, Merewether 20, Wallsend 18, Warners Bay 17, Thornton 9, South Wallsend 5, Mid North Coast 2.
Round 13 fixtures
Sunday, June 5, 2.15pm
Mid North Coast v Adamstown
At Fairmont Gardens
Wallsend v Thornton
At The Gardens
South Wallsend v Warners Bay
At Walker Fields
Merewether have the bye