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Match of the Round
Adamstown 4 (Jasmin Courtenay 2, Rhali Dobson, own goal) defeated South Wallsend 1 (Kirralee Gardiner) at Walker Fields. Half-time: Adamstown led 3-1.
Adamstown never looked in doubt as they sealed the Herald Women’s Premier League premiership with a 4-1 win over fifth-placed South Wallsend yesterday.
Rosebud striker Rhali Dobson scored inside the first two minutes of the match then the hosts conceded an own goal to give the visitors a two-goal advantage.
Kirralee Gardiner bridged the gap when she scored with a header off a Maddy Searl corner for the home side but Adamstown’s Jasmin Courtenay found the back of the net before half-time to give Rosebud a 3-1 lead at the break.
Courtenay completed a match brace with the only goal of the second half.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron did not mention the minor premiership before kick-off but said the players were thrilled post-match to have secured the piece of silverware.
“I felt like we were in control of the game and never felt like we were going to lose it,” Herron said.
“Everyone seemed to have a good go today and I thought a few stood out. Jasmin Courtenay and Beth Le Gay Brereton in the middle of the park did well and Jorjia Hogg filled in a centre of defence and did a good job.”
The win elevated Adamstown to 43 points, giving them an unassailable lead for the top spot as the league heads towards the finals.
South Wallsend were without several players for the match, including midfield mainstay Amber Nielson.
Player-coach Elyce Bates said the lack of numbers meant they had “the bare 11”.
“We struggled with numbers,” Bates said. “We always went in knowing it was going to be a hard game, and that just made it harder.”
“And unfortunately, this season we just haven’t been able to get any consistency,” Bates concluded.
Warners Bay 8 (Adriana Jones 5, Kally Lewis, Cassidy Davis, Sass Seaborn) beat Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Warners Bay led 3-0.
Adriana Jones made a late charge for the competition’s leading goalscorer accolade with five goals in Warners Bay’s 8-0 win over Thornton.
Kally Lewis opened the scoring around the 30-minute mark then Jones and Cassidy Davis also scored before the break.
Jones was unstoppable in the second half, scoring four unanswered goals. Sass Seaborn added the other goal for the visitors.
The five-goal haul took Jones’s season tally to 20, two more than Newcastle Jets teammate Rhali Dobson.
“We played some good combinations today,” Warners Bay coach Leon Davis said post-match.
“The score could’ve been more. We missed a few chances and their goalkeeper made some great saves.”
The match was the second of a weekend double-header for Thornton, who downed Mid North Coast 4-1 at Thornton Park on Saturday.
Redbacks coach Alan Primmer said the two matches in as many days took their toll on his players as the game wore on.
“It was always going to be tough backing up,” Primmer said.
“We couldn’t deal with AJ [Jones], and in the end, she had a field day.”
“We had some happy periods and our goalkeeper Danielle Redding was brilliant and made some spectacular saves.”
Warners Bay play Wallsend Wednesday night but will have several players unavailable for the clash.
Merewether 5 (Lori Depczynski 2, Sarah Halvorsen 2, Leticia Quinlan) defeated Mid North Coast 1 (Niki Bestwick) at Fairmont Gardens. Half-time: Merewether led 3-1.
With finals football looming next month, Merewether coach Cassie Koppen used this match to experiment with combinations.
United captain and usual central defender Lori Depzcynski pushed further forward and scored a double and Sarah Halvorsen, fresh from representing Australia at the World Sevens Rugby University Games in Wales, also produced a match brace.
Midfielder Leticia Quinlan also got on the scoresheet for the visitors and Niki Bestwick made the most of a rare defensive error by Merewether to score for the hosts.
United held a comfortable 3-1 lead at half-time and continued their dominance in the second half.
Merewether senior player Jane McDonald paid credit to the effort and enthusiasm of Mid North Coast but felt United were always in control.
“We changed the positions around a bit today, which was good for us, and it was a pretty enjoyable game,” McDonald said.
The match was the second of a weekend double-header for Mid North Coast, who lost 4-1 to Thornton on Saturday.
Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker said his brave charges simply “ran out of legs”.
“The girls were buggered,” he said. “Some of them had played full games in 18s both days and backed up for first grade.”
Wallsend – bye
Herald WPL Points: Adamstown 43, Merewether 35, Warners Bay 32, Wallsend 24, South Wallsend 14, Thornton 12, Mid North Coast 2.