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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Adamstown 4 (Lauren Allen 2, Rhali Dobson, Jorjia Hogg) defeated Mid North Coast 1 (Courtney Anderson) at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-1.
Adamstown’s last performance of the season proper definitely was not one of their better ones but coach Ben Herron felt it was “just one of those games”.
Last-placed Mid North Coast had nothing to lose in the match and played that way while the minor premiers, despite the scoreline being clearly in their favour, turned over the ball a lot more than they normally would.
Conditions did not help, with games played on Saturday in strong winds.
“I think we got progressively worse as the game went on,” Herron said.
“We weren’t very smart with the ball but I think it was just one of those games.”
“It was a pretty scrappy performance but we’ll just throw that one in the bin.”
Both sides to’ed and fro’ed in the early stages and Rosebud broke the deadlock midway through the first half when strike weapon Rhali Dobson saw an opportunity and unleashed a left-footer rocket from range which hurtled over the Mid North Coast goalkeeper and into the top of the goal.
Lauren Allen extended the lead when she beat the Rosebud defence then put the ball around the advancing visiting keeper to score into an open goal.
Courtney Anderson got one back for the visitors with around 10 minutes left in the half and gave Mid North Coast a boost heading to the break.
But Allen scored within the first two minutes of the second half then Jorjia Hogg also got on the scoresheet to secure the three points for the minor premiers, who now have the weekend off with the bye before the semi-finals begin.
“Credit to their girls, they really competed well and made it a really good contest,” Herron said.
Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker said he could not fault the effort of his players.
“I was more than happy with the performance of the girls,” he said. ‘We more than took it to them and I am really proud of them.”
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Wallsend 6 (Jenna Kingsley 3, Laura Hall, Libby Copus-Brown, Shannon Day) defeated Thornton 0 in Thornton. Half-time: Wallsend led 5-0.
Wallsend coach Marc Hingston was slightly concerned about how his players may respond to three weeks without a game but he need not have worried as the Red Devils went on a goalscoring spree in a 6-0 win over Thornton on Saturday.
“It was very, very windy and I think they were the worst conditions I’ve seen,” Hingston said.
“But, all things considered, I thought we played some of the best football I have seen us play this season.”
“I think it definitely showed we are going to be a contender for the championship and gives us a lot of confidence heading towards the finals.”
“We are definitely in a better place than when we played Mid North Coast three weeks ago.”
The visitors broke through after 20 minutes and by the end of the first half Jets striker Jenna Kingsley had bagged a hat-trick and both captain Lauren Hall and Libby Copus-Brown had also scored.
The goals were not as forthcoming in the second period. Shannon Day, in her return from playing futsal in the United States, scored the only goal of the second half as Redbacks goalkeeper Danielle Redding produced some outstanding form between the posts.
Thornton coach Alan Primmer felt his side competed before the first goal came around the 20-minute mark.
“We are still giving away goals we shouldn’t be,” Primmer said.
“We probably gifted them three goals in the first half. It was the same as against Warners Bay last week – we gave away a cheap goal and the balloon burst a bit.”
Wallsend host Warners Bay on Thursday night in a rescheduled fixture before taking on Merewether in the last round of the preliminary season.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
South Wallsend 4 (Naomi Abbott 3, Kirralee Gardiner) defeated Warners Bay 2 (Adriana Jones) at John St Oval. Half-time: Warners Bay led 2-0.
Naomi scored a hat-trick to inspire South Wallsend to a euphoric come-from-behind 4-2 victory over high-fliers Warners Bay yesterday.
Semi-finals-bound Warners Bay were already 2-0 up with the game just 20 minutes old after Adriana Jones scored twice.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates felt at best they could secure a draw.
“It was a really poor performance on our behalf in the first half,” Bates said.
“We had an absolute shocker in the first half and I thought the best we could do at that point would be to come back to a two-all draw.”
“It was such a massive effort and I think we really proved ourselves; we just haven’t had any consistency this season or a full squad.”
South Wallsend wasted little time from the second-half kick-off before they got on the board with Abbott tapping in at the back post after some quick passing by the visitors from the restart.
Then Abbott produced two spectacular, carbon copy goals from the left sideline and nearly on halfway in the space of five minutes to have Southy ahead midway through the half.
Kirralee Gardiner sealed the win with a long-range goal of her own, lobbing Warners Bay goalkeeper Nicki Dieter from halfway.
Warners Bay coach Leon Davis felt they should have been further ahead at the break.
“We should’ve had four or five by half-time and could’ve had the game wrapped up then,” Davis said.
The hosts lost attacking weapon Sass Seaborn with a hamstring injury through the match then departing midfielder Jemma House was red-carded for dissent post-match.
Warners Bay will back up against Wallsend on Thursday night before taking on Mid North Coast in the final round of the season proper.
Herald WPL Points: Adamstown 46, Merewether 35, Warners Bay 32, Wallsend 27, South Wallsend 17, Thornton 12, Mid North Coast 2.