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Adamstown 7 (Jasmin Courtenay 4, Rhali Dobson, Lauren Allen, Elodie Dagg) defeated Thornton 0 at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-0.
Adamstown breathed life back into their season with 13 goals in double victories over the weekend.
Rosebud have been the competition pace-setters all season but stumbled in back-to-back losses to Merewether and Warners Bay ahead of Round 18.
But they showed they were back to being a force to be reckoned with when they routed Thornton 7-0 on Saturday then backed up the dominant performance with a 6-0 victory over Mid North Coast in Wauchope on Sunday.
Adamstown are now just one win away from securing the minor premiership.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron said the main thing to come out of the weekend was “getting the six points and keeping two clean sheets”.
“Everyone looked to be enjoying themselves again too, which was good,” Herron said.
“We had a little hurdle but the girls looked switched on again.”
Thornton coach Alan Primmer said the damage was done on Saturday in the early stages of the match.
“They scored two goals inside the first 10 minutes but I thought we played quite well towards the end of the first half,” Primmer said.
“At half time I took a bit of the blame for the goals because we did go out with a different formation to try to take the game to them.”
“We lost a couple of senior players in the lead up to the game and three girls backed up after already playing a full game of 18s and we ran out of puff a bit at the end … we just didn’t have the troops.”
Jasmin Courtenay bagged four goals on Saturday in a stellar performance.
Herald Women’s Premier League leading goalscorer Rhali Dobson took her season tally to 19 with three goals over the weekend. She scored once against Thornton and twice in the Mid North Coast match.
Lauren Allen scored three goals over the weekend too, and Olivia Trinka, Georgia Hogg, Elodie Dagg all scored too.
The double-header completed a horror fortnight in which Rosebud played five matches.
Merewether 2 (Jane McDonald, Sophie Jones) defeated South Wallsend (Naomi Abbott) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: 0-0.
Merewether’s longest-serving player Jane McDonald celebrated the club’s inaugural Women’s Foundation Day by finding the match winner in the dying stages of a 2-1 win over South Wallsend.
The midfield lynchpin has played with Merewether since 2009 and steered the club to three straight Interdistrict A-grade titles between 2010 and 2012. She was also integral in the club’s historic WPL minor premiership-championship double last year.
McDonald was hovering around the penalty spot with three minutes remaining and the score locked at one-all when she buried a left-footed shot from close range.
Sophie Jones had given the home side a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute when she beat a South Wallsend defender before launching a long-range left-footed strike which hurtled into the top left-hand corner of the net.
Both sides played toed and froed and Naomi Abbott found the equaliser with six minutes left in regulation time when she charged into the box and slotted past United shot-stopper Imogene Tomasone.
But McDonald broke the visitors’ hearts moments later when she won a cross from wide on the right around the penalty spot and never looked like missing.
Merewether coach Cassie Koppen said, “it wasn’t one of our better games but to get away with a win was good”.
“Southy did well at shutting down our midfield and credit to them because they really made it difficult for us to find space today,” Koppen said after the match.
“It was pleasing to get away with the win and getting the goal at the end because we have been working on finishing a bit stronger.”
South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates was disappointed with the result but happy with the effort and general play.
“I thought we matched them,” Bates said. “But they get a sniff at goal and they don’t miss, and that was the difference today.
“But that was definitely one of our best games this season. We just played some nice, simple football and I think all of the signs at the moment are that we will be bigger and better next year.”
Wallsend v Warners Bay – postponed
Points table: Adamstown 40, Merewether 32, Warners Bay 29, Wallsend 24, South Wallsend 14, Thornton 9, Mid North Coast 2.