By Renee Valentine
Match of the Round
Warners Bay 2 drew Adamstown 2
Sunday 2pm at John Street Oval
Warners Bay bounced back from a 5-1 loss midweek to record a morale-boosting 2-2 draw with competition heavyweights Adamstown yesterday.
Warners Bay took the lead with the game barely started when Taylor Smith found the back of net from a goalmouth scramble.
Adamstown levelled in the 16th minute when Mikaela Howell converted from the penalty spot. Howell completed a brace for the game by putting the visitors in front early in the second half.
But Maddy Smith slotted from close range midway through the second half to put Warners Bay back on level terms.
Warners Bay coach Jason Daniluck credited his side’s dramatic form reversal to going “back to basics”.
“We started off well, winning every little contest and if we play like that more often than not then we will do well,” Daniluck said.
“It was a good shot in the arm for us … we just need to work on holding the ball and not giving away possession.”
A disappointed Rosebud coach John Jiggins said the draw “feels a bit like a loss”.
“We didn’t come with a negative attitude,” Jiggins said. “We were up for it and so were they.”
Adamstown now turn their focus to a rescheduled match with Valentine at Adamstown Oval on Wednesday night.
Thornton 1 drew Merewether United 1
Saturday 2pm at Thornton Park
Thornton ended Merewether’s eight-game winning streak with a one-all draw at Thornton Park on Saturday.
Competition leaders Merewether remain undefeated and three points clear of nearest rivals Adamstown and Coach Cass Koppen described the result as “probably a timely wake-up call”.
Merewether led 1-0 at the break after Lori Depczynski headed home off a corner midway through the first half.
Koppen felt Merewether dominated possession but “didn’t give the opposition enough respect” and Thornton equalised with 20 minutes left in the game when Sophie Milton won the ball and scored with a long-range attempt.
“It’s a shame to drop points but, to be fair, they probably wanted it more,” Koppen said.
“We need to bounce back and make sure we rectify it and don’t drop any more competition points.”
Just one week earlier the Redbacks suffered a demoralising 6-0 loss to Adamstown. They bounced back to beat Warners Bay 5-1 midweek before taking a point on the weekend.
Thornton coach Alan Primmer was thrilled his side “were more than competitive with a team that had scored maximum points until today” but admitted “it means nothing if we don’t turn up again next week to play South Wallsend”.
South Wallsend 3 defeated by Valentine 5
Sunday 2pm at Walker Fields
South Wallsend forfeited a 3-0 lead to go down 5-3 against Valentine yesterday but Coach Marc Hingston was encouraged by his side’s performance early in the match.
“We played a standard of football in that opening 20 minutes that I haven’t seen in this competition,” Hingston said.
“Not being able to play when things are not going our way is something we’ve got to work on but we’ll take a lot out of the game.”
Playmaker Laura Hall put the home side ahead with the game barely started then Abbie Heffernan and Georgia Amess added goals to give South Wallsend a three-goal advantage.
But Valentine found three goals of their own in a similar period of time to go the break with the score locked at 3-3.
MJ Mason scored a first-half brace and Maddy Searl also found the back of the net for the visitors before the break.
The score remained locked until Cassidy Davis put Phoenix up 4-3 with around 20 minutes remaining and Searl added another goal from a free kick in the dying stages.
South Wallsend dropped from fifth place on the league ladder to seventh with the loss but get a chance to make amends when they host fourth-placed Wallsend in a rescheduled fixture at Walker Fields on Wednesday night.
Mid North Coast 1 drew Wallsend 1
Sunday 2pm at Fairmont Gardens
Wallsend were unable to convert a dominant performance at Wauchope into victory and instead shared the points in a 1-1 draw with Mid North Coast.
The game remained stuck in a nil-all stalemate at the break and it was not until midway through the second half that the deadlock was broken when Mid North Coast’s Lauren Avery scored from a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box.
Wallsend levelled through Casey Lee Smith with 15 minutes remaining to secure a point from the game.
“We totally dominated,” Wallsend coach Rob Botham said. “They got one free kick and scored … it just wasn’t our day.”
Mid North Coast football manager Larry Budgen said the hosts “played well in patches” but the game was at times scrappy.
“We lost our way in the second half and our midfield really got stretched,” Budgen said.
Budgen reiterated Baker’s season-long concern that Mid North Coast need to improve in the final third and need to keep their intensity for the full 90 minutes.
Wallsend play South Wallsend on Wednesday in a battle for all-important competition points.
Wallsend can move into outright fourth place with a win. If South Wallsend win, they will move from seventh spot into fourth.