Herald Women’s Premier League Round 9 Review

May 9th, 2016


Renee Valentine


Merewether 3 (Leticia Quinlan 2, Tayla Braithwaite) drew with Warners Bay 3 (Kally Lewis 2, Adriana Jones) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

Adamstown 6 (Rhali Dobson 3, Jasmin Courtenay, Clare Cummings, Elodie Dagg) defeated Wallsend 2 (Briony Halcombe 2) at The Gardens. Half-time: Adamstown led 4-2.

South Wallsend 1 (Laynee Field) drew with Mid North Coast 1 (Maddison Stockham) at Walker Fields. Half-time: Mid North Coast led 1-0.

Thornton had the bye


Match-By-Match Review.

Sunday, May 8, 2.15pm

Merewether 3 (Leticia Quinlan 2, Tayla Braithwaite) drew with Warners Bay 3 (Kally Lewis 2, Adriana Jones) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

 Warners Bay staged a miraculous comeback to seal a 3-3 draw with defending champions Merewether yesterday and, in the process, showed how far they have come since the start of the season.

Merewether held a 3-1 lead with only moments of regulation time left when Jets player Adriana Jones sparked a late revival for Warners Bay, beating the Merewether defence then carrying the ball along the by-line before cutting it back for Kally Lewis to finish from close range.

The goal was the second of the match for Lewis, who levelled the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute by driving into the box and unleashing a bullet into the top left corner.

The game was then in injury time when Jones charged across field, beating two players before firing a shot from just outside the 18-yard box into the net to secure the draw.

Warners Bay celebrated as though they had won while a dejected Merewether looked as though they had lost.

Merewether had held a 1-0 lead at the break after Tayla Braithwaite’s strike from 30 metres curled into the top right corner.

There was just 10 minutes remaining in the match when Leticia Quinlan scored across the face of goal to put the hosts ahead 2-1. Then with just three minutes of regulation time left Quinlan proved the heroine again, scoring with an outside of the foot volley after defender Jamee Ellis sent a long ball deep into Warners Bay territory.

The last time these two sides met Merewether won 3-0. Leading into the match Warners Bay coach Leon Davis said it would be a gauge of how far they had come and they certainly showed yesterday they deserved to be in the mix come finals time yesterday.

Davis felt the ground, which was bumpy, and Merewether’s physicality “upset our rhythm of play” but was happy with their fightback.

Before the match Merewether had conceded just two goals this season and had not been scored against since round one.

“It is obviously disappointing,” Merewether coach Cassie Koppen said.

“I thought we were definitely the better side. We played the ball around really well and had some quality finishes; we deserved more out of the game than that.

“We perhaps just switched off a bit at the end. It is obviously disappointing to concede after such a good run, but credit to them.”

Merewether back up against league leaders Adamstown in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow night at Adamstown Oval.


Adamstown 6 (Rhali Dobson 3, Jasmin Courtenay, Clare Cummings, Elodie Dagg) defeated Wallsend 2 (Briony Halcombe 2) at The Gardens. Half-time: Adamstown led 4-2.

Adamstown took a five-point lead at the top of the WPL ladder ahead of their clash with defending champions Merewether tomorrow night with a 6-2 win over Wallsend yesterday.

Wallsend had the chance to get on the board early when awarded a penalty in the opening 10 minutes but Adamstown shot-stopper Bec Miller saved Jenna Kingsley’s shot from the spot.

Then in a see-sawing 15 minutes the two sides went goal for goal. Wallsend’s Briony Halcombe tapped in a well-constructed goal to open the scoring then the visitors levelled through Elodie Dagg before Halcombe put the hosts ahead again only for Jasmin Courtenay to put Adamstown back on level terms.

Adamstown forced Wallsend into uncharacteristic errors and made the most of the mistakes and by half-time they had scored two more goals through Rhali Dobson to hold a two-goal ascendancy at the break.

Adamstown extended the lead early in the second period when Clare Cummings scored off a free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box then Dobson completed her match hat-trick for the six-goal win.

Rosebud coach Ben Herron said it was an important win as they prepared to take on Merewether in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow night.

A win tomorrow night will put Adamstown eight points clear at the top of the WPL table.

“Once we settled and got a bit of rhythm we forced them into a lot of turnovers and we were able to strangle the service from the holding midfielders,” Herron said.

“We spoke before the week about this week being a testing time for us and we were pretty switched on.”

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said he had never seen his side make so many errors.

“We played really well for the first 20, then we just gave the ball away,” Hingston said.

Wallsend back up against South Wallsend on Wednesday night and Hingston said the four-goal loss may act as a shake-up for his side as the competition heads towards the midway point.

Rosebud players Olivia Trinka (knee) and Lucy Hewson (ankle) were both forced from the field with injuries and could be in doubt for tomorrow night.


South Wallsend 1 (Laynee Field) drew with Mid North Coast 1 (Maddison Stockham) at Walker Fields. Half-time: Mid North Coast led 1-0.

 Mid North Coast registered their first point in several weeks while South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates described her side’s lack of urgency in the final third as “unbelievably frustrating” in a 1-1 draw yesterday.

The visitors led 1-0 at the break after Maddison Stockham made the most of a goalkeeping mishap to leap onto the ball and score.

The home side levelled the score early in the second period when they played the ball out from the back to Maddy Searl, who carried the ball down the left flank before cutting it across to striker Laynee Field to slot home.

Mid North Coast Matt Baker was pleased with the efforts of his young side, who are facing a tough season but keep playing with a never-say-die attitude.

“They had plenty of chances but just didn’t put them away; we got lucky,” he said.

“Our goalkeeper Jess Sanderson made some good saves today and had a wonderful game and we have some young ones who have stepped up in recent weeks and are doing well.”

Baker particularly praised the efforts of 18s player Ashley Chambers, who made her WPL starting debut yesterday and held her own in the middle of the park.

Bates said they needed to be more clinical in front of goal if they were to get anything out of their rescheduled match with Wallsend on Wednesday night.

“They had one chance in that first half and took it,” Bates said.

“We had so much possession, which was probably a positive out of the game – we probably played the best we’ve played as far as possession and creating chances is concerned, we just need to finish,” Bates concluded.


Thornton – bye


 Herald WPL Points table: Adamstown 19, Merewether 14, Wallsend 12, Warners Bay 11, Thornton 6, South Wallsend 5, Mid North Coast 2.


 18s, 16s, 14s Rd 9 results:

18s: Warners Bay beat Merewether 1-0; Wallsend beat Adamstown 4-1; South Wallsend drew 1-1 with Mid North Coast.

16s: Warners Bay defeated Merewether 2-0; Adamstown beat Wallsend 7-0; South Wallsend won 1-0 over Mid North Coast.

14s: Warners Bay downed Merewether 7-1; Adamstown beat Wallsend 2-1; Mid North Coast defeated South Wallsend 4-1.


WPL Round 10 fixtures

Sunday, May 15, 2.15pm

Warners Bay v Adamstown at John St Oval;

Mid North Coast v Wallsend at Taree Zone Field;

Thornton v Merewether at Thornton Park;

South Wallsend have the bye.


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