Football Mid North Coast 0 def. by South Wallsend 4 (Ashlee Brodigan 3, Maryjane Mason)
Sunday 23 June, 2.30pm, Taree Zone Field
As the third round of the season gets underway South Wallsend striker Ashlee Brodigan has put her hand up as a contender for the golden boot, hitting three against Football Mid North Coast in a 4-0 victory at Taree Zone Field on Sunday afternoon.
After switching into a left midfield role to suit the structure Cas Wright was looking to play in Taree, Brodigan still managed to find the back of the net three times. The Wolves leading scorer slotted two home in 24th and 40th minutes, before rounding out her hat-trick in the 72nd. Maryjane Mason iced the lockout result in the 84th.
The clash in the north was the only match to avoid delays due to inclement weather in Round 15, and gave the travelling Wolves the perfect chance to reclaim second place off the back of their win. With a tumultuous starting lineup in recent weeks, taking all three points from their journey north was “key” for the run home, Wright said.
“The game went particularly well for us because we don’t normally score in the first half, and this time we bagged two,” the Wolves boss said.
“Our planned structure and gameplay came off, and we were able to capitalise in the first half. We had a plan heading into the game, and kept to it to get across the line. Considering it’s our third game in about eight days, we can’t complain at all with the result.”
South Wallsend were also lifted by a number of players returning to, or joining, the starting eleven. Former Westfield W-League star Maddy Searl played her first full game after recovering from injury for the past twelve months. Katie Oliveira (Central Coast Mariners) and Georgia Minors (Newcastle Jets Academy) also debuted for the side after joining mid-week.
It seemed both sides had positives to take out of the match at the Taree Zone Field as well on Sunday afternoon. While South Wallsend may have left with the points, Mid North Coast coach Mick Grass said he could see “so many improvements” in his young side.
“I’m happy again, I think we’ve hit a bit of a quality football,” he said.
“We’re still losing games at the moment, but we’re playing a hell of a lot better than we were at the start of the season, and I can see that long-term improvement continue to build for the girls.
“We had some good chances in front of goals right at the death that we just couldn’t put away, and that’s really the story of our season. South Wallsend were great, and they deserved the win, but 4-2 maybe would have been a more fair result for us overall.”
While the northern club currently sits in eighth place with just two wins to their name, Grass said he is beginning to see something building in the Mid North Coast setup.
“If we can keep working on these improvements, then in the third round I think we can get results, and get positive points from those,” he said.
“By the end of the season, I think we can get those points and put ourselves clear from the bottom. We’re focusing on that, and beyond, because if we keep building then there’s so much more improvement for us to capitalise on for next season and into the future.”