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Match of the Round
Broadmeadow Magic 2 (Chelsea Lucas, Maddie Dean) defeated New Lambton 1 (Taylah Bryde)
Broadmeadow Magic marked its return to the Herald Women’s Premier League with a nail-biting win over New Lambton at Magic Park on Sunday.
Taylah Bryde opened the scoring for the visitors with a spectacular effort from outside the 18-yard box, with New Lambton holding the majority of the early possession.
However, momentum was quick to swing back in favour of Magic as Chelsea Lucas found the back of the net. Her goal locked the scores at 1-all, where they remained until the 88th minute.
In the end, the match-winner came off an attacking set-piece for Magic when Maddie Dean found the final touch from a corner to secure a late victory for the women in red.
Broadmeadow coach Jake Curley was overall happy with the performance.
“I thought defensively the girls were excellent,” he said.
“I was happy with the work rate of the girls for the 90 minutes… towards the end they were fatigued but kept working.”
It will be a short turnaround for Magic who play Merewether on Friday night, followed by Warners Bay in a round one catch-up game the following Wednesday.
“Our key focus will be some attacking structure in preparation for Friday night,” Curley said.
New Lambton coach Brad Jones was impressed with the determination shown by his young squad despite conceding a late goal.
“I was really proud of the girls. There was plenty of positives to take away including the performance of young players like Kate Heap and Ellen Darby,” Jones said.
“They both kept AJ [Adriana Jones], who has significant W-League experience, relatively quiet.
“The girls stood up and showed what it means to play for the club.”
New Lambton next play Mid Coast at Alder Park on Sunday.
Adamstown Rosebud 0-0 Merewether United
Neither Adamstown nor Merewether could find the back of the net at Adamstown Oval on Sunday afternoon, as the sides resumed their respective campaigns with a gritty scoreless draw.
The majority of the early running favoured the visiting Lammas, with Rhali Dobson and Lori Depczynski finding the woodwork early. While at the other end Rosebuds’ Jorjia Hogg and Belle Hewitt proved they would not be overwhelmed by Merewether’s experienced backline.
The Buds’ young squad were unlucky not to open their account mid-way through the first half after a cross from Kiarra Lewis went begging at the back post. Merewether’s Alison Logue was again at her best, ensuring the home side’s attack was quickly shut down close to goal.
And while the majority of the match was played in the middle third, a late first half venture into enemy territory by Merewether did enough to bring the crowd to the edge of their seats. Dobson’s shot struck the posts, with the deflection landing at the feet of Katy Gray. Her shot thundered into the gloves of Adamstown keeper Olivia Sneddon.
The second half followed a similar script as opportunities in the final third went begging for both sides, with neither able to break the deadlock. Rosebud coach Ryan Campbell was content to have walked away from the clash with a draw.
“I was really happy with how the girls played and performed. It was a tough game,” Campbell said.
“If you had of asked me before the season if I would have taken a point? Yeah, I would have taken a point at this stage.”
The nil-all draw provides plenty for both coaches to work on, with Campbell quick to identify the need to convert in the front third as critical to the ongoing success of his side.
“A little bit of composure in the front third. Sometimes because they’re young they panic a little bit and they feel like they’re under pressure,” Campbell said.
“Hopefully we can be a bit more composed and actually take chances rather than miss and potentially concede at the other end.”
Merewether coach Scott Ellis was on the other hand disappointed his side were not able to come away from the match with all three points.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t win. The girls are disappointed. They thought we did enough to win that one,” Ellis said.
“We were being a bit conservative. I hadn’t seen Adamstown at all… so I had no idea how they were going to come out, who was playing for them, what we were going to face.
“When we played our game I thought we were pretty comfortable.”
Ellis was full of praise for the young Adamstown squad, who remain at the top of the WPL ladder after three rounds.
“They’re a good team. They work hard, they’re technical and they know what Ryan wants them to do,” Ellis said.
The Lammas now turn their attention to Friday’s clash with Broadmeadow Magic, while Adamstown play Newcastle Olympic on Sunday.
Newcastle Olympic 4 (Jemma House 3, Georgia Amess) defeated Warners Bay 0
Jemma House netted a hattrick as she steered Newcastle Olympic to a 4-0 win over Warners Bay at John Street Oval on Sunday afternoon.
The former Emerging Jet, who has been plying her trade in the United State college system for the last few years, looked at home in the local competition with two goals in the first half.
“We had to work our way into the match. The girls took time to gain confidence but they were patient,” Olympic coach Harmonie Attwill said.
House secured her third goal in a dominant second half for the visiting side which also saw Georgia Amess make her debut for the club off the bench with immediate impact, scoring the side’s fourth goal.
“The second half we looked more comfortable and executed the game plan confidently,” Attwill said.
“We were able to remain positive and keep working to create chances… in the end things fell our way.”
Warners Bay will now switch its focus to next Sunday’s matchup with Thornton, where it is expected new signing and former National Women’s Soccer League and W-League player Jen Hoy will make her debut for the Panthers.
According to the Newcastle Herald, the 29-year-old is still awaiting an international clearance.
“It was a disappointing result… we played some great football in patches and matched their level of intensity but a few key moments let us down,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
“We let in some very easy goals on Sunday. Communication let our side down in those key moments and for the latter part of the second half.
“The girls quickly identified after the game what was required to improve their performance.
“We will review the game this week and build upon on a few areas to ensure we can get a more positive outcome next week.”
Mid Coast 5 (Courtney Anderson 4, Chelsea Hall) defeated Thornton 2 (Susan Randall, Ainsley Childs)
Courtney Anderson proved to be the difference in a high scoring affair between Mid Coast and Thornton at Taree Zone Field on Sunday as the former Merewether United player scored four goals to help her side complete a convincing 5-2 win over the Redbacks.
The win lifts Mid Coast from the bottom of the table, with head coach Mick Grass adamant there was more improvement to come from his young side.
“I thought our performance was a bit scratchy first up… our first half was reasonable but our intensity and quality fell away in the second half,” Grass said.
“Physically I thought we were good. We were strong when we needed to be, except on set pieces which was where we conceded both goals.
“This week we will go back and reinforce our style of play and focus on the process we need to stick to for 90 minutes to be competitive on a weekly basis.”
It was a case of what could have been for Thornton coach Alan Primmer, who believed his side had the potential on its day to match it with the league’s top sides.
“[There was] some good football from both teams. As I expected Middies were very well structured which we managed to break down a few times,” Primmer said.
“Maybe if we took a couple of our early chances it might have been closer.”
Susan Randall and Ainsley Childs found the back of the net for the Redbacks who managed to keep the home side scoreless for the first 37 minutes.
“As combinations develop and we get more games under the belt I think we can cause a few headaches in the front third,” Primmer said.
Both coaches now have plenty to work on ahead of their respective round three matches with Thornton to face Warners Bay, while Mid Coast travel to Alder Park to face New Lambton.