Herald WPL Round 2 Review

March 21st, 2016

By Renee Valentine


Merewether 2 (Jamee Ellis, Jane McDonald) defeated Warners Bay 1 (Nadja Squires) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

Adamstown 1 (Jasmin Courtenay) drew with Wallsend 1 (Jenna Kingsley pen) at Arthur Edden Oval. Half-time: 0-0.

Mid North Coast 3 (Jannah Gillet, Bianca Mason 2) drew with South Wallsend 3 (Laura Austin 2, Sarah Moore) at Fairmont Gardens. Half-time: 0-0.

Thornton had the bye.

Points table: Adamstown 4, Wallsend 4, Thornton 3, Merewether 3, South Wallsend 1, Mid North Coast 1, Warners Bay 0.

Leading scorers: Naomi Abbott 3, Jenna Kingsley 3, Sarah Halvorsen 1, Jasmin Courtenay 2, Laura Austin 2, Bianca Mason 2, Maddison Stockham 1, Sarah Moore 1, Jamee Ellis 1, Jane McDonald 1, Nadja Squires 1. 

Match-by-match review

 Merewether 2 (Jamee Ellis, Jane McDonald) defeated Warners Bay 1 (Nadja Squires) at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.

 Merewether United put their title defence back on track with a 2-1 win over Warners bay at Myamblah Oval yesterday.

United looked a shadow of their former selves when they went down 2-1 to Adamstown in round one but produced a much more cohesive performance to outgun a new-look Warners Bay in an exciting match.

The hosts led 1-0 at the break after James Ellis buried the rebound of a penalty shot around the 30-minute mark. Merewether were awarded a spot kick after Ellie Withers was taken down in the box.

Ellis’s first shot was parried into the goal post by an outstretched Niki Deiter but Ellis pounced on the rebound and slotted low into the bottom left corner.

Warners Bay created chances early in the second half but were unable to get the ball past steely Merewether goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone.

Merewether extended the lead to two goals in the 75th minute when Warners Bay turned over the ball in the middle of the park and on song Jane McDonald beat a defender then Dieter with a classy finish into the bottom right corner.

McDonald’s return to the midfield was key to Merewether’s domination of the middle of the park yesterday.

Warners Bay started to get on top of United in the latter stages of the game and experienced midfielder Nadja Squires showed good vision to lob Tomasone from nearly 40 metres out with five minutes remaining.

The visitors kept coming at Merewether but were unable to find an equaliser.

Warners Bay coach Leon Davis was happier with his side’s second-half performance despite the loss and highlighted his side’s character in their first hit-out of the season.

“We played a kick and chase game in the first 20 minutes and I wasn’t too happy about that,” Davis said.

“But then we had a patch of passing and we started to look good.

“For our first game of the season, against last year’s winners and they had something to prove after last week’s loss, I was happy.

“I was particularly happy with our commitment today, we pushed right until the end.”

Merewether coach Cassie Koppen described the performance as “a lot better”.

“We trained really well Tuesday and Thursday night and I think the girls figured out themselves it wasn’t acceptable the way we played last week and we’re going to have to step up another level again this year,” Koppen said.

“We ran out of legs but we showed a bit more of the resolve and spirit today that we played with last year and were able to hold them off at the end.”


Adamstown 1 (Jasmin Courtenay) drew with Wallsend 1 (Jenna Kingsley pen) at Arthur Edden Oval. Half-time: 0-0.

 Opposing coaches Ben Herron and Marc Hingston agreed a draw was a fair result after their match ended in a 1-1 stalemate yesterday.

The game remained scoreless at half-time before Adamstown, looking to build on their round-one win over defending champions Merewether, made the most of a defensive error to score midway through the second half.

New Rosebud recruit Jasmin Courtenay intercepted the ball as Wallsend attempted to play it across the back line and with just visiting goalkeeper Bec Saunders to beat confidently slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Wallsend equalised from the penalty spot with around 10 minutes remaining. W-league player Jenna Kingsley made no mistake from the spot after a Wallsend player was felled in the box.

“We were a bit flat today,” Wallsend coach March Hingston said after the match.

“We looked a bit flat in the warm-up and just didn’t have energy.

“In saying that, we created several chances but we gave away simple balls at times and we really lacked in concentration today.”

Hingston was full of praise for Saunders yesterday, saying she made some crucial saves including repelling a flurry of Adamstown attacks at the death.

Rosebud coach Ben Herron was happy to register a point from the match.

“We had plenty of chances and they had plenty of chances, so I think a draw was a fair result in the end,” Herron said.

“Both teams did well, we both moved the ball around well but both sides made simple mistakes.”

Adamstown’s Kate Lindsay and Wallsend’s Libby Copus-Brown both sustained knee injuries in the match.


Mid North Coast 3 (Jannah Gillet, Bianca Mason 2) drew with South Wallsend 3 (Laura Austin 2, Sarah Moore) at Fairmont Gardens. Half-time: 0-0.

All six goals came in an exciting second half of a see-sawing affair at Fairmont Gardens yesterday.

South Wallsend’s preparation sustained a blow when they lost W-league player Hannah Brewer and experienced goalkeeper Connie Osborn midweek. Brewer is playing in Sydney and Osborn will not play on this season due to work commitments.

“We had the bare minimum today,” South Wallsend player-coach Elyce Bates said. “We had three 18s who had to play a full game.

“To be honest, I thought we could’ve come away with the game, we just had a few defensive errors.

“But I think we showed a lot of character today and we pushed right until the end. And the young ones who stepped up today played awesome.”

The game was locked at 0-0 at the break but when play resumed both sides were fired up in attack.

Maddy Searl released Austin into space and Austin beat several players before slotting a goal early in the second period.

Mid North Coast wasted little time before hitting back with two quick goals – Jannah Gillet opened the scoring then Bianca Mason also got on the team sheet.

Austin put the game back on level terms at 2-2 by completing a match double when she scored after some good build-up play.

Mason extended the hosts’ lead to 3-2 when she made the most of a defensive lapse late in the game before Sarah Moore, promoted from South Wallsend’s 18s, equalised with a well-struck shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Mid North Coast Matt Baker was pleased with an improved showing from his side.

“I thought our girls really took it to them today,” Baker said post-match.

“We had chances and missed a couple, but they had chances too. At least we were creating the chances. The whole squad really picked up and I think we definitely did play a lot quicker game.”

South Wallsend player Gabbie Deacon suffered a suspected broken collarbone.


Round 3 Fixtures

Sunday, March 27, 2.15pm

Adamstown v Warners Bay at Adamstown No.3;

Merewether v Thornton at Myamblah Oval;

Wallsend v Mid North Coast at The Gardens;

South Wallsend have the bye


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