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Adamstown 3 (Lauren Allan 2, Clare Cumings) defeated Merewether 2 (Rhali Dobson 2) at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-1.
Sunday, June 25
Adamstown continued their season revival by taking down competition leaders Merewether 3-2 yesterday.
Rosebud have not lost since sustaining three successive big losses to the two top sides, including 6-0 and 9-1 defeats at the hands of United.
But Adamstown were switched on from the get-go yesterday, opening the scoring inside the first minute of play when fleet-footed Lauren Allan turned United’s defence inside out before beating the keeper for the first goal of her match double.
Rhali Dobson levelled the game in the ninth minute with a classy left-footed strike before Allan scored another runaway goal in the 22nd minute and Adamstown led 2-1 at the break.
Dobson put Merewether back on level terms in the 48th minute then Adamstown captain Clare Cummings extended the lead to 3-2 with a flawless free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box in the 60th minute.
The win moved Adamstown to 20 points and consolidated third place. They are three ahead of fourth-placed Mid North Coast and eight clear of South Wallsend in fifth.
“It was a battle but we won a lot of the mini battles and I thought we deserved the win,” Adamstown coach Lou D’Amico said.
“It was a big three points today.
“They played quite well and we had to hold them out but to turn a 6-0 loss and 9-1 loss into a 3-2 win, I’m pretty happy with that.”
Merewether coach Cassie was less than impressed with the result and her side’s “lack of discipline”.
The loss allowed defending champions Warners Bay, who won 3-1 over Wallsend yesterday, to join United atop the league ladder on 33 points.
“We weren’t switched on and we didn’t warm up well and they punished us for it,” Koppen said.
“We let their player dribble straight past everyone for the first goal.
“Our mental performance probably cost us the game. We lacked patience and discipline and it’s very disappointing because we didn’t play anywhere near our ability.”
Merewether gets the chance to regain the outright competition lead on Thursday night when they play South Wallsend in a rescheduled fixture.
Adamstown plays Wallsend on Wednesday night.
Warners Bay 3 (Sass Seaborn 2, Jenna Kingsley) defeated Wallsend 1 (Kally Lewis) at John Street Oval. Half-time: Warners Bay led 1-0.
Sunday, June 25
Warners Bay rejoined Merewether at the top of the competition ladder with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Wallsend yesterday.
The ground was soft and shifty in parts from the deluge of rain in recent weeks.
The game remained scoreless until the 30-minute mark when Sass Seaborn put the hosts up 1-0 by smashing the ball into the back of Wallsend’s net after there had been a couple of blocked shots from Warners Bay.
The score stayed 1-0 at the break but Seaborn extended it to 2-0 early in the second half when she scored from close range off a Jenna Kingsley cross.
Kingsley made it 3-0 shortly after when she scored with the outside of her foot from around 20 metres out.
Wallsend controlled the game in patches but continued to struggle with execution in the final third.
Kally Lewis got on the scoresheet for the first time this year late in the match when the referee appeared to blow his whistle and the Warners Bay players stopped as Lewis powered into the box to score.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis was happy with the three points but thought they were well below their best.
“In the first half we were slow and we weren’t first to the ball and because of the ground we really needed to be,” Davis said.
“At half-time, I said if we can be first to the ball we can fix everything else.
“We did it in patches in the second half and I can’t fault the girls – it was our first game in quite a while and we did fatigue – but we need to be better.”
Wallsend coach Jason Harrison was disappointed with the result but happy with his side’s performance.
“The first half was very good, we had control and good support play and created chances,” Harrison said.
“The second half was a little bit more open. They are quick at getting the ball to the front third and have got key players up front who scored.
“But I was happy with the game plan. We did create but the timing when we played that final ball and when we went to shoot at goal, we just took that second too long.”
Mid North Coast 4 (Sophie Jones 2, Bianca Mason, Courtney Anderson) defeated South Wallsend 3 (Georgia Amess 2, Erin Wilson) at Wayne Richards Park. Half-time: 1-1.
Sunday, June 25
Mid North Coast scored a last-minute goal to pinch an important 4-3 victory against South Wallsend in Port Macquarie, consolidating fourth place on the ladder in the process.
The visitors scored first through Georgia Amess in a game that became an arm wrestle but Mid North Coast hit back through Bianca Mason and the score was locked at one-all at the break.
Courtney Anderson gave the hosts a 2-1 lead after half-time before Erin Wilson again tied things up.
Sophie Jones again gave Mid North Coast a one-goal advantage at 3-2 but South Wallsend kept fighting back and Amess scored the second of her match brace before Jones completed her own double with the last-minute matchwinner.
The goal came on the counter-attack. Mid North Coast workhorse Rhianna Thompson broke free from the back and placed a great ball forward to Jones, who stepped around the Wolves’ defence before slotting into the net.
South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson was disappointed not to take a point out of the game.
“I thought we should’ve had a free kick then they took the ball up the other end and scored in the last minute of the game,” Wilson said.
“It was disappointing and I thought a draw was probably a fair result.
“We didn’t play great but we showed some fight to get the score back to three-all.”
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day was happy to collect the points and put a five-point buffer between themselves in fourth place and South Wallsend in fifth.
“It was a good game in which we made a couple errors that South Wallsend capitalised on,” Day said.
“The girls stepped up another level today and played to the final whistle.”
Points table: Merewether 33, Warners Bay 33, Adamstown 20, Mid North Coast 17, South Wallsend 12, Wallsend 8, Thornton 3.