Warners Bay 2 (Charlotte Clemenson, Sass Seaborn) d Wallsend
1 (Taylah Wilks), Sunday at John St Oval. Half-time: Wallsend led 1-0.
Warners Bay kept alive their semi-finals hopes with their first win since Round 6 when they came from behind to beat Wallsend 2-1 yesterday.
Both sides were desperate for victory to stay in touch with the top four and the win elevated Warners Bay to eleven points, five adrift of South Wallsend in fourth.
Warners Bay assistant coach Darren Sylvester said the win was confidence-boosting and acknowledged “a loss today and that would’ve probably been it for the season”.
“Wallsend probably edged us in the first half,” Sylvester said. “They were stronger in midfield.
“But in the second half we just kept going and in the end we wore them down.
“We have speed up front and that is what was telling.”
Wallsend took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Taylah Wilks smashed a left-footed drive into the net from range.
Warners Bay levelled around the 60-minute mark when Charlotte Clemenson got her body to ball in a scrappy goalmouth scramble after a free kick.
Sass Seaborn found the winner with 15 minutes to go when she scored a runaway goal.
Wallsend captain Keely Gawthrop, who has taken over as interim coach, said they would aim to bounce back quickly against South Wallsend on Wednesday night.
“We are pretty desperate for points,” Gawthrop said. “We pretty much need to get points from our remaining seven games – we can’t afford to lose or draw.”
Wallsend were without injured striker Ashley Jones yesterday and she is expected to miss the Wednesday night clash as well.
Valentine 4 (Cassidy Davis 2, Gemma Pearce, Heidi Weimer) d Mid North Coast 0, Sunday at Taree Zone Field. Half-time: Valentine led 3-0.
Valentine rebounded from a convincing 4-0 loss to Merewether in Round 14 by beating Mid North Coast 4-0 yesterday.
Phoenix women’s football manager Terry Campbell believes the win should give Valentine enough points to guarantee a semi-finals berth.
Valentine now have 28 points, three adrift of joint leaders Adamstown and Merewether and 12 points clear of fourth-placed South Wallsend.
Phoenix led 3-0 at the break yesterday after Cassidy Davis, Gemma Pearce and under-18s player Heidi Weimer all got on the score sheet.
Davis completed a brace for the match with another goal in the second half.
The match was Weimer’s third for the day after she had played in the under-16 and under-18 games.
“We had five out today,” Campbell, who filled in for absent Phoenix coach Cassandra Wright yesterday, said.
“We only had nine WPL players start but we’ve got a good 18s side and plenty of depth and that was Heidi’s third game for the day. There was actually a number of them who played in three games.”
Campbell said Valentine played an impressive passing game, particularly in the first half, but also paid credit to Mid North Coast, who had several chances to score go begging.
Shot-stopper Olivia Sneddon had a strong game in goals for the visitors, denying Mid North Coast on numerous occasions.
“It was a good win and pleasing to get another clean sheet … that probably puts us into the semi-finals now,” Campbell said.
“But they are a good side and were a bit unlucky at times.”
Mid North Coast went into the match after three successive victories and although disappointed with the loss yesterday, coach Matt Baker was proud of the effort of his charges against “a quality side”.
“We had a couple of good chances before they scored but we just didn’t capitalise … we probably had more chances than them in the second half but you’ve got to put the ball in the back of the net to win the contest,” Baker said.
“It was a good game overall and they’re a quality side … I was proud of the girls, they created chances and they were still trying at the end.”
Mid North Coast meet Adamstown this weekend in a rescheduled match while Valentine’s next outing is not until Round 17 against South Wallsend on July 12.
Thornton v Adamstown, Saturday 2pm at Thornton Park – Postponed
South Wallsend v Merewether, Sunday 2pm at Walker Fields – Postponed
Points table: Adamstown 31, Merewether 31, Valentine 28, South Wallsend 16, Mid North Coast 14, Thornton 12, Warners Bay 11, Wallsend 9.
Upcoming rescheduled matches:
Wednesday, July 1: Adamstown v Merewether; Wallsend v South Wallsend
Sunday, July 5: Adamstown v Mid North Coast