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Mid North Coast 2 (Sophie Jones, Shannon Day) defeated Thornton 0 at Alan & Don Lawrence Fields. Half-time: 0-0
Sunday, June 18
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson rued missed opportunities as Mid North Coast improved to fourth place in Herald Women’s Premier League with a 2-0 win over the Redbacks in the only match to go ahead on Sunday.
It was the third time the two sides had met this season and Richardson felt it was the best Thornton had played in all encounters.
He lamented their failure to finish several chances in front of goal but was encouraged by the improved form, especially on the attack.
“We changed the system up and didn’t sit back like we have been and we had some real stars on our side today,” Richardson said post-match.
“We were pushing on and had some good chances but just couldn’t put them away. I was a bit disappointed for the girls because I thought a draw would’ve been a fair result.”
The score was locked at nil-all at half-time but the visitors broke the deadlock midway through the second half when Sophie Jones’s low shot skidded past Redbacks goalkeeper Danielle Redding and into the back of the net.
Shannon Day extended the lead when she capitalised on an opportunity at the top of the box and beat an outstretched Redding.
The conditions were tough and deteriorating but Mid North Coast was pleased with the result, which elevated them to 14 points, two clear of fifth-placed South Wallsend and three adrift of third-placed Adamstown.
Mid North Coast manager Jess Evans said the visitors struggled a bit in the deteriorating conditions in the first half and also had chances on goal go begging.
But she felt they found their rhythm in the second half.
“As the [second] half progressed and the rain eased the girls began to develop a feel for the ground and the waterlogged ball and were able to better place their shots,” Evans said.
“We were impressed with how the girls continued to fight and work hard for each other.”
Warners Bay v Adamstown – postponed
South Wallsend v Merewether – postponed
Wallsend – bye
Points table: Warners Bay 30, Merewether 30, Adamstown 17, Mid North Coast 14, South Wallsend 12, Wallsend 8, Thornton 3.