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Match of the Round
South Wallsend 2 (Georgia Amess, Stacey Day) defeated Adamstown 1 (Kate Lindsay at Walker Fields. Half-time: South Wallsend led 2-1.
Sunday, July 2
South Wallsend breathed life into their top-four hopes with a 2-1 win over third-placed Adamstown yesterday.
The game was only three minutes old when Georgia Amess got in behind the Rosebud defence and drilled the ball into the back of the net.
Stacey Day extended the lead for the hosts on the 25-minute mark with an opportunist goal.
Day was on the spot to pick up a poor clearance by Adamstown and chipped their shot-stopper, Olivia Sneddon.
But Kate Lindsay closed the gap to one goal going into the break when she drove a shot into the South Wallsend net from the edge of the 18-yard box.
The win promoted the fifth-placed Wolves to 15 points, two less than fourth-placed Mid North Coast.
They have the chance to break into the top four if they can topple competition heavyweights Merewether in a rescheduled fixture at Walker Fields on Wednesday night.
South Wallsend coach Gary Wilson said his charges would take a lot of confidence into the make-up match.
“We were desperate,” Wilson said.
“We had a meeting through the week and said every game is a final for us.
“The second half was a real tussle but they showed courage and fight for each other and we’ll take a lot of confidence from that going into the Merewether game.”
Lou D’Amico said South Wallsend played like a team who needed to win.
“Full credit to Southy, they were hungry and desperate and won those little one per centers,” D’Amico said.
Merewether 3 (Tayla Braithwaite, Grace Macintyre, Rhali Dobson) defeated Wallsend 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.
Sunday, July 2
Wallsend can still mathematically make the top four but have made things hard for themselves after another match in which they could not finish their chances.
Merewether led the Red Devils at 3-0 at the break after goals through Tayla Braithwaite, Grace Macintyre and Rhali Dobson.
“We had a good first half. We played some really good, one and two-touch football, and created a lot of chances,” United coach Cassie Koppen said.
“All of our goals came from good build-up play.
“We lost the plot a bit in the second half and were probably a bit complacent and didn’t play simple football.
“But overall, it was good to get the win.”
Wallsend assistant coach Strat Kapalos said they have not written off their finals hopes just yet.
“I thought it was a close game,” Kapalos said.
“They pretty much had three shots and scored three goals.
“I thought our girls played well, and we dominated the second half. We just can’t score.”
Wallsend travels to Adamstown Oval on Wednesday night to play a rescheduled match.
The Red Devils will welcome back midfielder Keely Gawthrop and striker Kally Lewis from suspension for the clash.
Warners Bay 4 (Jenna Kingsley 3, Cassidy Davis) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-0.
Sunday, July 2
Warners Bay opened up a three-point lead at the top of the competition ladder after claiming maximum points from a weekend double-header.
The defending champions won 9-2 over Mid North Coast in Taree on Saturday before backing up with a 4-0 victory against Thornton yesterday.
Jenna Kingsley was the star of the show, scoring a weekend tally of nine goals to take her season haul to 27 in 14 outings.
The Westfield W-League Jets striker found the back of the net six times in Taree then produced a hat-trick against the Redbacks.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis opened the scoring yesterday when she volleyed the ball into the net midway through the first half.
Kingsley extended the lead to 2-0 going into the break before completing her hat-trick in the second period.
“It was definitely good to get the six points out of the weekend,” Davis said.
“There are still things we need to work on but considering the amount of players who had to back up, I’m happy with the girls’ efforts.”
Thornton coach Robbie Richardson felt his side played well but turned the ball over cheaply at times.
“I think those poor turnovers really cost us in the first half but the girls played well aside from that,” Richardson said.
“We did create chances but we didn’t take them.”
Points table: Warners Bay 39, Merewether 36, Adamstown 20, Mid North Coast 17, South Wallsend 15, Wallsend 8, Thornton 3.