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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 14 Review

June 13th, 2016

Renee Valentine

Results

Merewether 4 (Sophie Jones, Tayla Braithwaite, Jamee Ellis, Leticia Quinlan) defeated Wallsend 1 (Casey Smith) at Myamblah Oval yesterday. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

Warners Bay 8 (Sass Seaborn 3, Adriana Jones 3, Cassidy Davis, Jemma House) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at John St Oval yesterday. Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-0.

South Wallsend 2 (Kiarra Lewis, Kirralee Gardner) defeated Thornton 2-0 at Thornton Park on Saturday. Half-time: South Wallsend led 1-0.

Adamstown – bye


 

Match-By-Match Review

 

Merewether 4 (Sophie Jones, Tayla Braithwaite, Jamee Ellis, Leticia Quinlan) defeated Wallsend 1 (Casey Smith) at Myamblah Oval yesterday. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

 Merewether coach Cassie Koppen said the defending champions “looked more like the side of last year” as they overpowered Wallsend 4-1 yesterday.

Merewether led 3-0 at the break after Sophie Jones scored off a corner, Tayla Braithwaite sunk a long-range shot and Jamee Ellis put a free kick into the back of the net.

The second half was more even and neither side really threatened the opposition box until late in the game.

Merewether midfielder Leticia Quinlan scored from range with three minutes remaining then one minute later Casey Lee gave the visitors a goal with a close-range tap-in from directly in front.

Koppen felt they would take a lot of confidence from the performance into their clash with unbeaten league leaders Adamstown this weekend.

“We were well and truly on top of them in the first half,” Koppen said.

“I changed things a bit in the middle today and our midfield did well; Jane McDonald was fantastic.

“We played it out from the backs well and were using the ball to mount pretty quick counter attacks, which is something we have been working on doing.”

Wallsend were without co-captains and central midfielders Laura Hall and Keely Gawthrop and coach Marc Hingston said their absence was evident.

Hingston described the game as “probably our worst performance of the season” and hoped they could bounce back quickly when they host Thornton in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday night.

 

 Warners Bay 8 (Sass Seaborn 3, Adriana Jones 3, Cassidy Davis, Jemma House) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at John St Oval yesterday. Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-0.

Sass Seaborn and Adriana Jones scored hat-tricks as Warners Bay surged into third place on the league ladder with an 8-0 win over Mid North Coast yesterday.

Warners Bay led 2-0 at the break then went on a second-half goalscoring spree to seal the win and overtake Wallsend on points.

Cassidy Davis and Jemma House also scored as The Bay sent a clear message through the league that they had their eye on the championship.

Warners Bay coach Leon Davis said his side “were always pretty well in control and I was happy with the overall events”.

He used the latter stages of the game to use all substitutes and move players around.

The Bay moved to 20 points, two ahead of Wallsend, who were 4-1 losers to second-placed Merewether at Myamblah Oval yesterday.

Warners Bay host South Wallsend on Wednesday night in a rescheduled fixture.

Davis said he could have a few players out of the match due to work commitments, including Laura Rapley and Toria Campbell.

Mid North Coast were without four regular first-graders yesterday and Matt Baker admitted they were outclassed but said they had their chances to score.

“We had a couple of good opportunities before half-time; we probably had three one-on-ones in the last five minutes of the half but just didn’t capitalise,” Baker said.

“It makes it hard when we’re not putting those away.

“In the second half Cassidy Davis really stepped up for them and I felt we were never in it.

“But our girls never stopped trying,” Baker concluded.

 

South Wallsend 2 (Kiarra Lewis, Kirralee Gardner) defeated Thornton 2-0 at Thornton Park on Saturday. Half-time: South Wallsend led 1-0.

South Wallsend broke through for their first win in seven weeks and just their second victory of the season when they downed Thornton 2-0 on Saturday.

South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates hoped it was the catalyst they needed to start playing to their potential.

Bates described the performance as hard-fought and “a massive effort” without central defenders and key players Gemma Pearce and Laura Byrnes, who were unavailable.

The visitors took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first half with a well-crafted goal.

The ball came from the back, through the midfield and wide on the right to Maddy Searl, who crossed it into the box to find Kiarra Lewis, who turned on the ball and fired off a shot from just inside the 18-yard box.

The hosts had a couple of chances to level it going to the break but Bates said South Wallsend goalkeeper Darcie Bell, who joined them from Thornton midway through this season, made some crucial saves.

South Wallsend did not seal the win until the 83rd minute when Kirralee Gardner headed home a free kick taken by Searl just outside the 18-yard box.

“Considering we were missing two core players, I thought it was a pretty top effort to get a win today,” Bates said post-match.

“We created a lot but our biggest thing this season has been our lack of anticipation in the final third.”

Bates said going back to a basic 4-4-2 formation helped and their strategy to avoid playing through the middle and instead use their width worked well.

South Wallsend back up against Warners Bay in a rescheduled match at John St Oval on Wednesday night.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer felt they did not play with as much focus as their previous three outings against top-four sides.

“They probably deserved to win,” Primmer said.

“It was the fear I had before the match and we spoke about it; the girls busted a gut for the past few games. They beat Merewether, beat the defending champions, then were leading against Adamstown and Warners Bay and that was through hard work and through pushing ourselves to our limits.

“But the little things let us down today. We were second to the ball and they were much hungrier.”

Thornton play Wallsend at Wallsend No.2 Oval in a rescheduled match on Wednesday night.

Primmer said it was unlikely that Sophie Milton and Ash Vickery would be available to play.

 

Adamstown – bye

 

Herald WPL points table: Adamstown 31, Merewether 23, Warners Bay 20, Wallsend 18, Thornton 9, South Wallsend 8, Mid North Coast 2.

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