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Herald Women’s Premier League Round 8 Review

May 2nd, 2016

Renee Valentine

Results

Thornton 4 (Eliza Tupper, Jenna Kennedy, Luci Maddison, Katie Smee) defeated Mid North Coast 0.

Adamstown v Merewether – washed out.

South Wallsend v Wallsend – washed out.

Warners Bay had the bye


 

Match-by-Match Review

Sunday, May 1, 2.15pm

Thornton 4 (Eliza Tupper, Jenna Kennedy, Luci Maddison, Katie Smee) defeated Mid North Coast 0.

Thornton broke through for their first win since the opening round of the season with a 4-0 victory over Mid North Coast yesterday.

It was the first time the Redbacks had beaten Mid North Coast at Thornton. They led 1-0 at the break then took advantage of a tiring Middies to put away three more goals in the second period.

The game was the second in as many days for Mid North Coast, who put up a gallant fight in a 4-2 loss to unbeaten competition leaders Adamstown at Adamstown Oval in a rescheduled round-five match on Saturday.

Mid North Coast led Rosebud 2-1 at half-time on Saturday after Bianca Mason scored a first-half brace.

But the league pace-setters sealed a come-from-behind win with a strong second-half performance. Rhali Dobson and Olivia Trinka both scored doubles for Adamstown.

Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker said they finished the Adamstown game with just 10 players after Mason was forced from the field with a chronic back ailment.

He also said the game took its toll on his players and that was evident yesterday.

“Three of the four goals came from us,” Baker said of yesterday’s result. “That was tired legs from yesterday, but Thornton deserved the win.”

Baker paid homage to several of his 18s players who stepped up over the weekend, including Michaela Elford, Eloise Pepper and Kait Reeman.

“Michaela Elford was absolutely outstanding against Adamstown and played her way into the starting line-up for Thornton and then got players’ player,” Baker said.

“There were some big efforts from some young girls over the weekend.”

Baker emphasised this year was going to be more of a “learning year” for his young squad.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer was pleased to see his side get their first win in several weeks.

They beat Mid North Coast 3-1 in the first game of the season but had not been in the winners’ circle since.

Yesterday they led 1-0 at half-time after Eliza Tupper scored into an open goal from close range after beating the Mid North Coast goalkeeper.

Jenna Kennedy scored midway through the second half for Thorton then played a part in the third goal, taking a free kick that Luci Maddison put away at the back post.

Fleet-footed Katie Smee got the fourth.

Primmer said it was pleasing to finally get another win and hoped having the bye this weekend did not stop them from taking some momentum and confidence from the weekend’s result into their next outing.

Adamstown moved three points clear of Merewether at the top of the league ladders with their win on Saturday. The other round-eight games were washed out yesterday.

 

Adamstown v Merewether – washed out.

 

South Wallsend v Wallsend – washed out.

 

Warners Bay had the bye.

 

Herald WPL Points table: Adamstown 16, Merewether 13, Wallsend 12, Warners Bay 10, Thornton 6, South Wallsend 4, Mid North Coast 1.

 

Upcoming fixtures:

Sunday, May 8, 2.15pm

Merewether v Warners Bay at Myamblah Crescent
Wallsend v Adamstown at The Gardens
South Wallsend v Mid North Coast at Walker Fields
Thornton – bye.

Round 8 results 18s, 16s, 14s:
18s: Thornton beat Mid North Coast 3-1;
16s: Mid North Coast defeated Thornton 1-0;
14s: Mid North Coast downed Thornton 7-1.

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