Adamstown 4 (Rhali Dobson 2 including pen, Clare Cummings, Lauren Allen) defeated Wallsend 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0
Warners Bay 2 (Nadja Squires 2) defeated Merewether (Ellie Withers) at John St Oval. Half-time: 0-0
South Wallsend (Kirralee Gardiner, Maddy Searl, Gemma Pearce pen) defeated Mid North Coast 3-0 at Taree Zone Fields. Half-time: South Wallsend led 2-0
Thornton – Bye
Adamstown 4 (Rhali Dobson 2 including pen, Clare Cummings, Lauren Allen) defeated Wallsend 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0.
Adamstown made a positive start to a horror fortnight in which they play five games by downing Wallsend 4-0 at The Gardens on Sunday in Herald Women’s Premier League.
They secured the inaugural Friendship Cup in the process.
The Friendship Cup was developed by Wallsend and Adamstown to celebrate the rich histories of both clubs.
It will be fought out by the two clubs over three rounds each year and is determined by accumulative pointscore from results in 14s, 16s, 18s and the elite division.
Adamstown led early after Clare Cummings scored from close range off a corner then Rhali Dobson, who shook off an ankle ailment to win charity event the Stars of Newcastle on Saturday night, extended the lead to 2-0 on the 30-minute mark when she slotted past goalkeeper Bek Saunders.
Both sides played an entertaining brand of football but Adamstown always looked the more likely in the final third. And Adamstown’s defence proved pivotal, not giving an inch against fourth-placed Wallsend.
Wallsend’s only real clear chance of the second half came around the 60-minute mark when Libby Copus-Brown’s free kick hit the crossbar and bounced directly down and into play.
Elodie Dagg made the most of some untidy defence by pinching the ball deep in Wallsend territory before passing to Lauren Allen, who lobbed Saunders from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 65th minute.
When Serena Carter was brought down in the Wallsend box with 15 minutes remaining, Dobson calmly stepped up to the spot and smashed the penalty shot into the back of the net.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron felt his charges “did really well in patches” and was happy to keep a clean sheet.
“We are definitely showing improved signs of respecting the ball more,” Herron said.
Rosebud back up against third-placed Merewether on Wednesday night before hitting the road to take on second-paced Warners Bay.
If they win both matches they will have an unassailable lead in the race for the minor premiership.
They then play a weekend double-header on July 9 and 10 against Thornton and Mid North Coast.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston felt they played well but said “our decision-making in the final third was poor”.
Wallsend play South Wallsend on Wednesday night at Walker Fields.
Warners Bay 2 (Nadja Squires 2) defeated Merewether (Ellie Withers) at John St Oval. Half-time: 0-0.
Warners Bay coach Leon Davis described a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over defending champions Merewether as “a great win”.
For the second time in as many meetings Warners Bay chased the game and grabbed points in the dying moments.
The last time they played, Warners Bay came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in injury time.
This time the game was decided in regulation time, but only just.
The scored remained locked at nil-all at the break after an even first half then the visitors broke the deadlock around 20 minutes into the second half when Ellie Withers scored a scrappy goal from close range.
Nadja Squires proved the heroine for the hosts.
With 10 minutes remaining she scored off a corner. The goal was not without controversy. Squires’s corner kick sailed right into the goalmouth and was adjudged to have crossed the goal line before being headed out by United defender Jamee Ellis.
The goal swung momentum in favour of Warners Bay and with 30 seconds remaining Squires was hovering around the penalty spot and unmarked was able to smash a volley into the back of the net off a corner.
“It was a massive win,” Davis said.
“The contest was probably even and I think we matched them in all areas.”
The win elevated Warners Bay to 26 points and into outright second place on the league ladder.
Merewether are third and can draw level with the Bay again midweek if they win their rescheduled fixture with league leaders Adamstown on Wednesday night.
United were without senior player Jane McDonald and coach Cassie Koppen felt her composure would have helped at crucial times. McDonald returns for the Adamstown showdown.
“A draw probably would’ve been a fair result,” Koppen said.
“I thought we were a little bit hard done by; I thought the first goal was probably a harsh goal.
“We had a streak of about 10 penalties against us and we’ve got to be able to adapt to that and keep our heads in the game.
“We need to learn to keep our composure and we probably need a bit more leadership from our senior players in times like that.”
Koppen said they would refocus on Adamstown and were looking forward to the challenge. It was Rosebud who ended United’s unbeaten streak last year as the season headed towards finals time.
South Wallsend (Kirralee Gardiner, Maddy Searl, Gemma Pearce pen) defeated Mid North Coast 3-0 at Taree Zone Fields. Half-time: South Wallsend led 2-0.
South Wallsend will be full of confidence heading into their rescheduled fixture with Wallsend on Wednesday night after downing Mid North Coast 3-0 yesterday.
The two sides had drawn on both previous encounters this season but yesterday South Wallsend led 2-0 at the break after Kirralee Gardener and Maddy Searl both scored.
The first goal came around the 20-minute mark when Lauren Austin released Erin Wilson down the right flank and her cross into the box was put away by Gardener.
Searl extended the lead 10 minutes later when she intercepted a poor pass from the Mid North Coast defence and lobbed the hosts’ goalkeeper from range.
Mid North Coast rallied and were still well in the game and had their chances to get on the score sheet but Gemma Pearce sealed the win late in the game when she converted from penalty spot after Kiarra Lewis was brought down in the box.
“It is nice to get a bit of momentum,” South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates said after the game.
“We are really starting to gel and had some really nice plays today.”
Bates will miss the midweek game due to unavailability.
Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker rued a couple of missed chances in the first half and said the absence of injured goalkeeper Jess Sanderson was telling.
“I thought we were more into it in the first half; we missed two one-on-ones in the first 15 minutes,” he said.
“They won 3-0 so clearly they were the better side but when we have two one-on-ones with the keeper and don’t put them away we only have ourselves to blame.”
Herald WPL points table: Adamstown 34, Warners Bay 26, Merewether 23, Wallsend 21, South Wallsend 11, Thornton 9, Mid North Coast 2.
14s, 16s, 18s results:
14s: Warners Bay downed Merewether 1-0; South Wallsend beat Mid North Coast 2-1; Adamstown defeated Wallsend 3-0.
16s: Warners Bay beat Merewether 3-0; Mid North Coast won 3-0 against South Wallsend; Adamstown defeated Wallsend 10-0.
18s: Merewether drew 0-0 with Warners Bay; South Wallsend beat Mid North Coast 2-1; Wallsend won 7-1 over Adamstown.
Round 17 fixtures
Sunday, July 3, 2.15pm
Warners Bay v Adamstown
At John St Oval
Thornton v Merewether
At Thornton Park
Wallsend v Mid North Coast
At Wallsend Oval
South Wallsend – bye