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Match of the Round
Merewether 1 (Rebekah Stuart) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Myamblah Oval on Sunday. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.
Merewether extended their top two buffer with an encouraging 1-0 over an improved South Wallsend outfit on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors had an early chance when Sass Seaborn crossed in to find an unmarked Erin Wilson in the box who sent the ball just wide of the goals.
This time, Seaborn decided to have a crack herself from the top of the box, narrowly missing by sending the ball just past the left post.
Merewether found the only goal of the match late in the first half when Indi Asimus crossed into the box and Rebekah Stuart followed it in.
South Wallsend had plenty of chances in the second half and were unlucky not to score a few times.
Merewether coach Cass Koppen said it was a great effort from her team considering they are still without key players.
“We played our roles really well and although the second half wasn’t pretty, we eliminated any real threat from South Wallsend,” Koppen said.
“I’m so proud of the girls for backing up with the bare 11 again this week, it was really difficult.
“Some of our U20’s girls came on in the second half who had already played 90 minutes so it was a huge effort from them.”
South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes said it was a game they deserved to win, making the loss even more disappointing.
“We had plenty of shots in the first half and even more in the second half but we are pretty gutted,” Parkes said.
“I definitely thought we were the better team and the goal we let in was a very ordinary one from a deflection which was the only real chance they had to score.
“I know they had a few girls missing but so did we. I’m really impressed with how our girls played today because it was tough conditions on the field.
“I think at a minimum, we deserved a draw but we had a few girls playing busted because it is our fourth game in two weeks.
“The most disappointing thing is that the girls are putting in so much effort but not getting any reward. They are working so well as a team and they are playing a standard of football any coach would be proud of.”
Wallsend 1 (Sophie Milton) defeated by Adamstown 5 (Lauren Allan 2, Clare Cummings, Olivia Trinka, Elodie Dagg) at The Gardens on Sunday. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-0.
Adamstown has finally ended their scoring woes and breathed life into their finals campaign, defeating a struggling Wallsend side 5-1 at The Gardens.
The visitors opened the scoring early through Lauren Allan, who drew Devil’s keeper Danielle Redding off her line and slotted it in behind her.
Wallsend created plenty of chances and looked certain to deadlock the score when Libby Copus-Brown lobbed a shot over the Buds defence, but Olivia Sneddon made a spectacular save for her first game back in almost eight weeks.
Allan completed her double shortly after when she struck from out wide and found the top left corner.
Vocal captain Clare Cummings wanted a piece of the action and managed to put her name on the scoresheet after a free-kick from the sideline sailed into the top right corner.
In the second half, Sophie Milton scored her first goal for Wallsend to put the home side back in the game but it wasn’t enough, with Adamstown’s Olivia Trinka and Elodie Dagg both scoring to put the game to bed.
Adamstown coach Paul Devitis was thrilled with the victory and said it has given his team a lot of confidence heading into the last few rounds of the regular season.
“We had a great day yesterday and it was also Tayla Gregory’s 21st birthday so it was awesome to get a good result,” Devitis said.
“It was really windy but both teams adjusted really well and kept the ball on the ground which made it easy to play good football.
“To be honest, we were just a little bit more clinical and Liv made some spectacular saves which was great to see for her first game back from injury.
“We passed the ball around nicely and pressed them really well in the midfield which is something we have struggled with the last couple of weeks.
“After they scored, they dominated for about 10 minutes but we managed to get back on top and score another two goals which was pleasing.
“Our performance today has given us a lot of confidence heading into these next few weeks which is great because every match is crucial for us.”
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said it has been a frustrating couple of weeks because they have been playing great football but aren’t seeing any results.
“It’s the same story again, we had five players out and controlled the game for the most part but get beaten by sucker punch goals out of nothing,” Hingston said.
“In our last three games against Adamstown, Merewether and South Wallsend, we have been beaten by kick chase after playing a good brand of football which is really disappointing.
“I really hope this is not the path the competition is going down because it’s not good advertisement. We are being punished for trying to play football.”
U20’s, 17’s, 14’s Results:
20s: Merewether 5 beat South Wallsend 0, Adamstown 4 beat Wallsend 0, Warners Bay 1 beat Thornton 0, Mid North Coast 4 beat New Lambton 3.
17s: Merewether 7 beat South Wallsend 0, Wallsend 3 beat Adamstown 1, Thornton 4 beat Warners Bay 1, New Lambton 1 beat Mid North Coast 0.
14s: Merewether 13 beat South Wallsend 0, Wallsend 2 beat Adamstown 1, Thornton 2 beat Warners Bay 1, Mid North Coast 6 beat New Lambton 0.