Match of the Round
South Wallsend 0 defeated by New Lambton 1 (Carson McGovern) at Walker Fields on Sunday. Half-time: New Lambton led 1-0.
It was a muddy battle on a cold Sunday afternoon at New Lambton with the home side walking away with a narrow 1-0 victory over a courageous South Wallsend outfit.
The Eagles came out firing with plenty of chances had in the first half, with Stacey Day striking a free kick low and just wide of the goals.
The only goal of the match came in the first half when Lisa Cochrane and Joey Burgess combined at top of the box on the 38th minute. Burgess slotted in behind the defender and cut back from the byline to the penalty spot, where Carson McGovern booted it into the crossbar and headed in the rebound.
In the second half, the Eagles had the better of chances again but were unable to execute in what coach Keelan Hamilton described as “a real battle.”
“Iʼm really proud of the girls today, especially after playing on a muddy pitch that didnʼt have much grass,” Hamilton said.
“At times, it was an arm wrestle but for the most part, we all did our job and defended really well across the pitch.
“They really didnʼt have a chance for the full 90 minutes and had to resort to long-range shots which was pleasing for us defensively.
“We created more of the chances and they put a bit of pressure on late by pushing a few more players forward but the girls handled it really well.
“Their midfield was really strong today with Beth Kermode and Gabrielle Brodie but we played well as a team and weʼre happy to take the three points.”
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes agreed it was a battle where “they pinched one and just couldnʼt pinch one back.”
“I thought it was a fairly even game and I know they didnʼt have Tara Andrews playing today, but we also had girls missing as well,” Parkes said.
“Everyone did a great job across the board but I thought one of our defenders, Molly Jordan, marked Georgia Amess really well and worked hard defensively.
“It was just one of those games where it was a little bit scrappy and we couldnʼt execute our chances.
“We have got two big games again this week and we welcome back a few of our playerʼs which will make a big difference.
“We need to improve on controlling the game and creating attacking chances for Wednesday nights game against Adamstown but Iʼm confident we can get a good result.”
Adamstown 1 (Lauren Allan) defeated by Warners Bay 6 (Jenna Kingsley 3, Nadja Squires 2, Sophie Stapleford 1) at Adamstown No.1 Oval on Sunday. Halftime: Warners Bay led 2-0.
It was a matchup where the scoreline didnʼt necessarily reflect the game, as Warners Bay ran away with a 6-1 victory over a disappointed Adamstown side.
Warners Bay opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when a pinpoint pass from Sophie Stapleford found an unmarked Nadja Squires in the box, who slotted it in the bottom right corner for an early 1-0 lead.
From there, it was a to and fro battle, with Adamstown pushing the Bays defence all the way, with no result.
The visitors headed into the sheds 2-0 at half-time after Jenna Kingsley scored her first from a deflection into the top right corner.
It only took eight minutes for the Bay to get started in the second half, with Tara Pender producing a solo run before passing to Kingsley who slammed it into the bottom left corner.
Kingsley completed her hat-trick 20 minutes later when her corner kick appeared to be going out but curved back into the top right corner.
Adamstown was truly courageous and continued to threaten the defensive line which paid off in the 75th minute when young Imogen Mcinnes passed to strike weapon Lauren Allan who made no mistake in scoring her 5th goal in as many games.
Unfortunately, it wasnʼt enough to produce a comeback, with Sophie Stapleford and Nadja Squires both scoring before full-time.
Elodie Dagg, Courtney Wiltshire and Clare Cummings played well in both attack and defence for the Buds while Sian Keating, Kate Lyddiard and Nadja Squires were standouts for Warners Bay.
Warners Bay player-coach Cass Davis was pleased with the victory and praised her captain for a standout performance.
“I thought we played really well in the first half considering we had to change our structure because we had Gaby out,” Davis said.
“We moved the ball across the backline well and pushed into the midfield which created goals for us.
“In the second half, they came out strong and changed their structure which created a battle and made us work hard for the ball.
“I think we combined really well up front and we were able to get Nadja involved in attack where she scored two goals and had an absolute blinder.
“We still need to improve on moving the ball because we have playerʼs who are great at playing to feet so if we can work on that, it will help us out a lot.”
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis described Warners Bay as “a relentless team who score six goals and keep chasing more.”
“It was only 2-0 at half-time so we werenʼt too discouraged and we hadnʼt hit panic mode at all,” Devitis said.
“We had a chance where Lauren hit the post but we were playing well and once we scored, we had a really good period of about 20 minutes or so.
“Once they got two quick goals, it sucker-punched us and we knew there was no coming back from that.
“Warners Bay is the type of side that score every chance they get because they are so clinical and both Tara Pender and their captain Nadja Squires were phenomenal for them.
“It was easily the best football any team has played this season and they combined really well up front which was difficult to shut down because they started to bombard us.
“We need to improve our energy levels and our control of the ball because we are coming up against South Wallsend mid-week in an important game so we need to be at our best if we want to win.”
Wallsend 1 (Libby Copus- Brown) defeated by Merewether 2 (Indi Asimus, Nicki Jones) at The Gardens. Half-time: Merewether led 2-1.
Merewether was missing four of their starting lineup but still managed to overcome a strong Wallsend side on Sunday.
Fleet-footed winger Rhali Dobson, Jamee Ellis, Leah Giuffre and Sarah Hartree were all unavailable for selection, leaving United severely under-strength yet motivated.
The hosts were first on the board in the 15th minute when Indi Asimus scored from long-range.
Wallsend answered almost immediately after Libby Copus-Brown produced a cracking shot from 25-yards out to deadlock the score at 1-1.
United scored the match winner through Nicki Jones, who slotted one in the back of the net just before the break.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said it was “the best game we have played all year.”
“We lost by 2-1 but dominated for the majority of the game,” Hingston said.
“We hit the crossbar three times and it seems as if we canʼt even buy a goal at the moment.
“Our football is outstanding at the moment and if we can be that bit more clinical in the final third, we will be a real contender for the title.”
Merewether coach Cass Koppen described it as a big effort from her team.
“We ground out a good win, which gives us confidence considering we were missing key players,” Koppen said.
“The girls dug deep, played their role and adapted well to the game plan today, Iʼm really proud.”
20ʼs, 17ʼs, 14ʼs Results:
20s: Adamstown 2 beat Warners Bay 1, Thornton 2 beat Mid North Coast 1, New Lambton 5 beat South Wallsend 0, Merewether 3 beat Wallsend 0.
17s: Warners Bay 3 beat Adamstown 2, Thornton 3 drew Mid North Coast 3, New Lambton 2 beat South Wallsend 0, Wallsend 8 beat Merewether 0.
14s: Adamstown 3 beat Warners Bay 0, Mid North Coast 7 beat Thornton 0,