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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 16 Preview

June 22nd, 2017
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Match of the Round

Adamstown v Merewether

Sunday, June 25, 2.15pm

At Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility

Last start: Adamstown beat Thornton 4-0 in round 13; Merewether beat Thornton 7-1 last night.

Meetings this season: Merewether won 6-0 and 9-1.

Position on ladder: Merewether first, 33 points; Adamstown third, 17 points.

Squad news: Adamstown are at full strength while Merewether is still missing suspended goalkeeper Alison Logue and Sarah Halvorsen is out through unavailability.

What the coaches say: This is the first game of two in four days for Adamstown, who back up against Warners Bay midweek, and coach Lou D’Amico said making a strong start would be vital.

“We have the two top-two sides in the space of a few days and know we need to be on our game from the get-go because we’ve been behind against them both previously,” D’Amico said.

“But we’re carrying our own valuable qualities now and hopefully we’ll give them something to worry about.”

The match has been relocated to Speers Point and Merewether coach Cassie Koppen was expecting the synthetic pitch to play a role in the match.

“It is quite a small field and the ball travels a lot faster, so I think it will be a very fast-paced game and I think there will be quite a few goals from both teams,” Koppen said.

Bottom line: Merewether broke Adamstown’s heart with two big wins in the space of a week when they met earlier this season. But Rosebud have not lost a game since then and have welcomed the return of proven goalscorer Lauren Allan in recent weeks. Expect a much closer scoreline than the previous two encounters.

 

Warners Bay v Wallsend

Sunday, June 25, 2.15pm

At John Street Oval

Last start: Warners Bay beat Merewether 1-0 in round 12; Wallsend drew 2-2 with South Wallsend in round 13.

Meetings this season: Warners Bay won 5-3 and 8-0.

Position on ladder: Warners Bay second, 30 points; Wallsend sixth, eight points.

Squad news: Wallsend are at full strength while Warners Bay are without Nadja Squires and Sophie Stapleford through unavailability and Corinne Krupa is suspended.

What the coaches say: Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis was bracing for a character-building eight days in which they play four games.

“It’s going to be tough having Nadja and Sophie still out and Corinne also out this weekend,” Davis said.

“It’s going to be a tough period and is going to be a bit of everyone digging deep.”

Wallsend coach Jason Harrison rated this as a must-win match.

“It’s going to be tough, Bay are a good side but have also got some good individual players in key areas up front,” he said.

“We’ve conceded 28 goals in all, but 13 of that 28 have been against Warners Bay, so we definitely need to make our defensive effort strong.

“We will be thinking defence first, that will be the game plan.”

Bottom line: Warners Bay will not have played for four weeks when they take the field this weekend due to wash-outs and the bye. A win is crucial for both teams here. Wallsend needs the points to stay in the fight for a finals spot and Warners Bay will after a strong start to a character-building eight days for the defending champions.

 

Mid North Coast v South Wallsend

Sunday, June 25, 2.15pm

At Wayne Richards Park

Last start: Mid North Coast beat Thornton 2-0 last weekend; South Wallsend drew 2-2 with Wallsend in round 13.

Meetings this season: Mid North Coast won 5-1 and South Wallsend won 3-1.

Position on ladder: Mid North Coast fourth, 14 points; South Wallsend fifth; 12 points.

What the coaches say: Mid North Coast Mick Day said his squad benefitted from a training session on Tuesday night with Matildas player Emily van Egmond and Matildas assistant coach Gary van Egmond.

Day was under no illusions as to how important this game was against fifth-placed South Wallsend, who are two points behind fourth-placed Mid North Coast.

“South Wallsend are a very experienced team and it will be a great game,” Day said.

“We approach every game to win and this weekend will be no different.”

Bottom line: There are just two points separating these two sides on the ladder, which means Mid North Coast would consolidate fourth place with a win by moving five points clear of South Wallsend. But South Wallsend will be determined to reclaim a place in the top four. Expect this one to be an arm wrestle and the winner to be determined by whoever takes their chances and stays disciplined in defence.

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