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Match of the Round
South Wallsend 2 (Georgia Amess, Stacey Day) drew with Wallsend 2 (Casey Smith 2) at Walker Fields. Half-time: Wallsend led 2-1.
South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson and Wallsend assistant coach Strat Kapalos agreed a draw was probably “a fair result” as a see-sawing match between their sides ended in a two-all stalemate.
The hosts took an early lead when Georgia Amess scored in the first 15 minutes but the Red Devils hit back in the 25th minute when Casey Smith scored the first of her match double.
Smith put the visitors ahead when she scored again nine minutes later and Wallsend went to the break holding a 2-1 lead.
But the second period had barely begun when Stacey Day put the game back on level terms and the score did not change from there.
Kapalos felt the wet pitch “didn’t allow for quality football”.
“The game became an arm wrestle and a draw was a fair result,” Kapalos said.
Wilson echoed the sentiments, saying both teams had opportunities to win the game.
“I thought we dominated for a good period in the first half and had a couple of missed chances, then they scored two goals slightly against the run of play,” Wilson said.
“We came out strong in the second half and had a couple of clear chances again and on a lucky day we could’ve maybe got the three points.
“But I’m pretty happy we’re still accumulating points.”
Adamstown 4 (Lauren Allan 4) defeated Thornton 0 at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0.
Lauren Allan announced her return to the Women’s Premier League with a memorable four-goal performance in Adamstown’s 4-0 win over Thornton on Sunday.
Allan, who scored 25 goals for Rosebud in 2015, is on break from playing college football in the United States and returned to Newcastle just over a week ago.
The game was 23 minutes old when she found her first goal after some good lead-up work by Emily Frost on the left, then the strike weapon made it a double seven minutes later.
The hosts held a 2-0 advantage at the break and Allan extended the lead again in the 55th minute when she headed home a long ball from the right.
Allan then showed her pace and fitness to shake off a Thornton defender in injury time before beating advancing Redbacks goalkeeper Danielle Redding to score with a shot from outside the six-yard box.
The win elevated Adamstown to 17 points, five clear of fourth-placed South Wallsend.
Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico said it was a special day for the club.
“Lauren brought a lot to the team today and it was a good day for the club with Clare Cummings celebrating her 100th game,” D’Amico said.
“I thought we pushed the ball around well but Thornton were resilient.”
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson said Rosebud were “too good”.
“We had a couple of good chances in the first half and didn’t take them and obviously Lauren Allan came in and changed everything, she was tough to handle,” Richardson said.
“But if I asked the girls the question at the end of the game, ‘Could you have done any more?’, the answer would’ve been, ‘No’, and that’s all I can ask of them.”
Merewether 4 (Sarah Halvorsen, Grace Macintyre 2, Leticia Quinlan) defeated Mid North Coast 2 (Katie Reeman, Em Newett) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 3-1.
Merewether bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 4-2 victory over Mid North Coast in a match that was soured by the send-off of United goalkeeper Alison Logue and 15-year-old Esther Ting suffering a suspected broken leg.
There was only one goal separating the teams at the time after Mid North Coast had fought back from being 3-0 down to bridge the gap to 3-2.
Merewether led 3-0 after Sarah Halvorsen opened the scoring then Grace Macintyre found the back of the net twice.
But Katie Reeman kept the visitors in the match when she scored right on half-time.
Em Newett closed the gap to 3-2 early in the second period before Logue was sent off midway through the second half for her second yellow card offence.
Logue was issued a yellow card for the dangerous tackle on Ting, who had to be stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital.
The shot-stopper’s first yellow was for dissent.
It is the second time Logue has been sent from the field this season – she was handed a straight red in United’s first-round clash with Warners Bay, also from a dangerous tackle.
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day felt his side had the ascendancy when Ting was taken down outside the box and thought the incident changed the game for them.
“I am very proud of our girls today and believe that even though we didn’t get the points we clearly played the better football,” Day said.
United scored late in the match when Leticia Quinlan got her foot on the end of a Jamee Ellis corner.
The win put Merewether back on level terms with Warners Bay at the top of the table, with 30 points, 13 clear of third-placed Adamstown.
United coach Cassie Koppen was happy with the three points but said there was plenty to work on as the competition headed towards the third and final round.
“We lost the plot a bit at the start of the second half and that’s something we’ll work on,” Koppen said.
“But it was good to have the win and we created a lot of chances, which is something we didn’t do well last week.”
Warners Bay – bye
Points table: Warners Bay 30, Merewether 30, Adamstown 17, South Wallsend 12, Mid North Coast 11, Wallsend 8, Thornton 3.