Warners Bay 2 (Adriana Jones 2) defeated Adamstown 1 (Jasmin Courtenay) at John St Oval. Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-0.
Warners Bay closed the gap on competition leaders Adamstown to five points with a 2-1 win over Rosebud yesterday.
At one point this season Adamstown held what looked to be an unassailable 11-point buffer over the league but after back-to-back losses last week they appear to be on shaky ground.
Merewether ended Adamstown’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 win last Wednesday night and Warners Bay never looked in doubt yesterday.
A composed Adriana Jones gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with the game only 10 minutes old when she took advantage of a defensive error and streaked onto the ball then beat goalkeeper Bec Miller to score into an open goal.
It was a similar story when Jones added another 10 minutes later.
The score remained at 2-0 at the break and the second half was even.
Adamstown finished the stronger of the two and when captain Clare Cummings pushed further up the field Rosebud started to look more dangerous.
Cummings proved the catalyst for Adamstown’s goal, which came with less than 10 minutes remaining.
The fearless leader carried the ball deep into Warners Bay’s half then passed in towards the box from the right and Jasmin Courtenay beat a defender then scored low across the face of goal into the bottom left-hand corner.
But it was too little too late for the competition pace-setters and Adamstown coach Ben Herron will instruct his players to do some soul searching this week.
“We are making way too many errors and players need to be accountable for the mistakes they are making,” he said.
“We are not very switched on at the moment and the past two performances have been very poor.”
“At this point, the girls need to have a hard look at themselves and need to pull themselves together or we might be scrapping to even hold on to top spot.”
Ahead of this match, Adamstown were the only team Warners Bay had not beaten this season.
The win came after Warners Bay downed defending champions Merewether 2-1.
But coach Leon Davis said they were not getting ahead of themselves and “we are a long way from finishing second yet”.
The game was the third in a week for Adamstown, who complete a horror fortnight with a double-header this weekend. They host Thornton Saturday then travel to play Mid North Coast on Sunday.
Merewether 3 (own goal, Nicki Jones, Ellie Withers) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Merewether led 2-0.
It may not have been pretty but it was enough to get the three points as Merewether downed Thornton 3-0.
Both sides were without several players for the clash and opposing coaches Cassie Koppen and Alan Primmer called on plenty of youth for the match.
The game was even through the opening exchanges and the score remained deadlocked until the 30th minute when Jamee Ellis’s corner kick found the back of the net off a Thornton player.
United held a 2-0 lead at the break after Nicki Jones also got on the scoresheet and Ellie Withers scored in the second half.
“I don’t think we played as well as we should have but we got three quality goals and kept a clean sheet,” Merewether coach Cassie Koppen said.
“Scoring three goals was a bit of a bonus for us; having scored three goals against Adamstown on Wednesday night it was good to get six goals in two games and only concede one.”
Thornton coach Alan Primmer was “super-impressed with the effort but at pains with the result”.
Primmer started 16-year-olds Anais Moore and Marnie Richardson at the back and praised their efforts after playing a full game in their age group earlier.
“We probably had three good chances in the game and I was disappointed with the result because we weren’t that far away,” he said.
Wallsend 3 (Jenna Kingsley 2, Kalista Hunter) downed Mid North Coast 0 at Wallsend Oval. Half-time: Wallsend led 1-0.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston admitted they “wasted a lot of chances” but said the positives from a 3-0 win over Mid North Coast yesterday was getting three points and some confidence.
The Red Devils went into the match in the wake of back-to-back losses.
They were beaten 4-0 by Adamstown in round 16 then went down 3-1 to South Wallsend midweek.
“The biggest thing for us today was to make sure we got the three points,” Hingston said post-match.
“We’ve still got a lot to improve on but it was important to get the three points, to get some goals today, to get some confidence and to get back on track.”
Wallsend led 1-0 at the break after Jets striker Jenna Kingsley scored in the first half.
Kalista Hunter extended the score to 2-0 then Kingsley put the home three goals clear.
Although disappointed with the result Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker said it was an improvement on earlier meetings with Wallsend this season.
“We changed our formation around a bit today and we changed the way we defended,” Baker said.
“We tried something different and we didn’t win but they beat us 6-0 the first time we played them then 9-0 last time, so 3-0 is a big improvement.”
Field player Niki Bestwick filled in between the sticks with Jess Sanderson still sidelined through injury and both coaches said she made some outstanding saves in the match.
Herald WPL points: Adamstown 34, Warners Bay 29, Merewether 29, Wallsend 24, South Wallsend 14, Thornton 9, Mid North Coast 2.
Round 18 fixtures
Saturday, July 9, 2.15pm
Adamstown v Thornton at Adamstown Oval
Sunday, July 10, 2.15pm
Merewether v South Wallsend at Myamblah Oval;
Wallsend v Warners Bay at Wallsend Oval.
Mid North Coast v Adamstown at Fairmont Gardens in a rescheduled fixture.