All games played Sunday
Valentine 4 (Cassidy Davis 3, Hannah Brewer) defeated Thornton 0 at CB Complex. Valentine led 1-0 at half-time.
Cassidy Davis scored a hat-trick as Valentine downed Thornton 4-0 yesterday for just their second clean sheet of the season.
Phoenix women’s football manager Terry Campbell described the performance as “very clinical” and was most pleased with the fact Valentine did not concede any goals.
Valentine have scored the most goals in the league but have one of the worst defensive records.
“It was pretty even in the first half and they had a couple of good chances,” Campbell said.
“In the second half we were very clinical and kind of wore them down … we ended up being pretty dominant.
“That was our fourth win on the trot and to keep a clean sheet today was really pleasing.”
Davis scored in the 36th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage at the break then found the back of the net again in the 70th and 79th minutes before Hannah Brewer scored in the 85th minute.
Phoenix under-18 coach Aaron Duff took the coaching reigns yesterday with head coach Cassie Wright away.
Valentine now prepare to host joint league leaders Merewether this weekend in what should be a much-anticipated match-up.
Thornton back up midweek when they play South Wallsend at Walker Fields on Wednesday night.
Mid North Coast 4 (Bianca Mason 2, Courtney Anderson, Niki Bestwick) defeated Warners Bay 2 (Taylah Smith, Sass Seaborn) at Fairmont Gardens. Mid North Coast led 3-2 at half-time.
Mid North Coast broke through for their first win at home this season with a 4-2 victory over Warners Bay yesterday.
The two sides were anchored to the bottom of the table before the match on eight points but the win propelled Mid North Coast into fifth place and just two points adrift of fourth-placed South Wallsend.
It was Mid North Coast’s second consecutive victory and coach Matt Baker said another three points against Thornton this weekend could put them into a stronger position as the competition heads towards the business end of the season.
“If could get three points [against Thornton] and finish that run against South Wallsend, Warners Bay and Thornton with nine points … then we play Adamstown and Merewether in a weekend double header,” Baker said.
The hosts opened the scoring early when Bianca Mason scored around the 10-minute mark but Warners Bay wasted no time before retaliating and levelling the score through Taylah Smith off the kick-off.
Niki Bestwick regained the lead for Mid North Coast with a goal around the 20-minute mark then Courtney Anderson extended the buffer to 3-1 with another goal for the hosts but Warners Bay’s Sass Seaborn scored before the break to again close deficit to one goal heading into the second half.
Mason completed a match double when she put the game out of Warners Bay’s reach with about 15 minutes remaining.
Baker said the difference in the past two weeks had been his side putting in a strong performance for the full 90 minutes.
Warners Bay coach Jason Daniluck said his team needed to be tighter defensively and more clinical in the final third.
“I thought we did well but just had a couple of defensive lapses and you’re never going to win a game if that keeps happening,” Daniluck said.
“Three of the oppositions goals came from our defensive errors … and at the moment we are struggling to finish as well and we had a few opportunities that we missed.”
Adamstown 8 (Lauren Allen 4, Clare Cummings 3, Marley Harrison) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Adamstown led 3-0 at half-time.
Adamstown asserted their Premiership aspirations with a dominant performance in an 8-0 drubbing of South Wallsend yesterday.
Rosebud held a 3-0 lead at half-time after Clare Cummings scored a first-half brace and Kate Lindsay found the back of the net.
Cummings completed her hat-trick in the second stanza and Lauren Allen went on a second-half scoring rampage to bag four goals.
Adamstown coach John Jiggins was more than pleased with the superior performance, especially considering it was Rosebud’s first hit-out since downing Valentine 3-1 on May 20.
“We haven’t played for a few weeks and started off a bit scratchy which I knew we would,” Jiggins said.
“We had a couple coming back from injury and they did well which was pleasing.”
Jiggins also paid tribute to South Wallsend who “tried very hard” in tough circumstances.
South Wallsend were missing key players Laura Hall, Amy Waterhouse, Gabby Deacon, Taylor O’Neill and Lily Skeet and Coach Marc Hingston said inconsistency with player availability was making it hard to be consistent on the park.
Hingston, who feels like he is having to formulate a different line-up every game, said they would “just put a line through it” and focus on a strong performance against Thornton on Wednesday night.
Merewether 6 (Sophie Jones 3, Jamee Ellis, Shannon Day, Lori Depczynski) defeated Wallsend 3 (Casey Lee Smith 2 Kristy Haughton) at Wallsend Oval. Merewether led 4-0 at half-time.
Merewether coach Cassie Koppen endured a roller coaster ride on the way to watching her side down Wallsend 6-3 yesterday.
United held a commanding 4-0 lead at the break after Sophie Jones scored a brace and Jamee Ellis and Lori Depczynski got on the score sheet.
But the visitors found themselves under fire in the second stanza and soon with just a one-goal advantage following a Kristy Haughton goal and a Casey Lee Smith double.
A shell-shocked Merewether managed to regroup and find two late goals through Jones and Shannon Day to seal the win.
“We made a positive start and quickly got to 4-0 up by half-time,” Koppen said.
“At half-time we talked about continuing to keep the accelerator on … but we did fall apart a little.
“Overall it was pretty positive. We have struggled to score goals, which was something we didn’t have a problem with today.
“We spoke about winning teams are teams who continue to push and make the most of the situation … that’s something to work on.”
Points table: Adamstown 28, Merewether 28, Valentine 25, South Wallsend 13, Mid North Coast 11, Wallsend 9, Thornton 9, Warners Bay 8.