Herald WPL Round 3 Review

March 28th, 2016

By Renee Valentine


Wallsend 6 (Jenna Kingsley 4, Briony Halcombe, Sophie Jones) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: Wallsend led 3-0.

Merewether 7 (Ellie Withers 2, Lori Depczynski 2, Leticia Quinlan 2, Sarah Halvorsen) downed Thornton 0 at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

Adamstown 5 (Jasmin Courtenay, Olivia Trinka 2, Rhali Dobson 2) beat Warners Bay 1 (Cassidy Davis) at Adamstown No.3. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0.

Points table: Wallsend 7, Adamstown 7, Merewether 6, Thornton 3, South Wallsend 1, Mid North Coast 1, Warners Bay 0.

Leading scorers: Jenna Kingsley 7, Naomi Abbott 3, Jasmin Courtenay 3, Sarah Halvorsen 2, Laura Austin 2, Bianca Mason 2, Leticia Quinlan 2, Lori Depczynski 2, Olivia Trinka 2, Rhali Dobson 2, Maddison Stockham 1, Sarah Moore 1, Jamee Ellis 1, Jane McDonald 1, Nadja Squires 1, Sophie Jones 1, Briony Halcombe 1, Cassidy Davis 1.

Match-by-match Review

Wallsend 6 (Jenna Kingsley 4, Briony Halcombe, Sophie Jones) defeated Mid North Coast 0 at The Gardens. Half-time: Wallsend led 3-0.

 Newcastle Jets player Jenna Kingsley bagged four goals as Wallsend trounced Mid North Coast 6-0 at The Gardens yesterday in a weekend of lopsided scorelines in the Herald Women’s Premier League.

Wallsend dominated possession with a well-drilled performance against an outclassed Mid North Coast side.

The Red Devils were strong across the park and clinical in the final third and could have won by more if not for a noteable performance by visiting goalkeeper Jess Sanderson.

Wallsend led 3-0 at the break after Kingsley scored with a tap-in at the far post off a Briony Halcombe free kick when the game was just seven minutes old.

Kingsley finished again from close range in the 37th minute then Halcombe added a third heading to the break. Caitlyn Fisher created the only first-half chance for the visitors but had her shot from wide right tipped around the goalpost by Red Devils shot-stopper Beck Saunders.

The goals kept coming in the second period for Wallsend. Sophie Jones got on the scoresheet when she scored from a goalmouth scramble in the 56th minute.

Kingsley added her third of the match in the 67th minute with a superbly taken free kick from 25 metres out which curled into the top right corner of the net. A moment later she had the chance to add another from the spot after Halcombe was felled in the box but Kingsley’s shot was saved by an outstretched Sanderson.

The Jets player scored again from close range in the 77th minute after Halcombe drew Sanderson off her line before passing to an unmarked Kingsley at the back post to tap in.

The win moved Wallsend to top of the league ladder with a superior goal difference over Adamstown, who have also made an unbeaten start to the season.

Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker conceded they were outclassed yesterday but was full of praise for Sanderson and his back four despite the unflattering scoreline.

“They are a class side, they knocked the ball around well,” Baker said.

“We did so much work in defence that when we went into attack we really had nothing left.”

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston was clearly pleased with the win and said he would have some selection headaches ahead of their round-four clash with Warners Bay this weekend.

“I think that was a true reflection of the depth of our squad and a big confidence boost,” Hingston said.

“We have Warners Bay next week and are going to need to be even more clinical in the final third. Training was good through the week but we’re going to need to take it up another notch this week,” Hingston concluded.


Merewether 7 (Ellie Withers 2, Lori Depczynski 2, Leticia Quinlan 2, Sarah Halvorsen) downed Thornton 0 at Myamblah Oval. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

The goals were shared around as defending champions Merewether pummelled Thornton 7-0.

Merewether led 3-0 at the break after Ellie Withers scored a brace and Sarah Halvorsen headed home off a corner. Midfielder Leticia Quinlan scored a second-half double and defender Lori Depczynski bagged a brace of her own with two long-range goals.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer said his side were given “a football lesson” in the seven-goal rout.

“I said before the game that we have got to respect the ball and keep the ball away from them and that didn’t happen,” Primmer said.

“We just kept giving the ball away, within two passes we would give it back and they made us pay.”

Primmer said Thornton did create some chances on goal but United goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone was impregnable.

United coach Cassie Koppen was impressed with her side’s ruthlessness in front of goal.

“We played very well,” Koppen said. “That is one of the first games since I took over that we have finished all of our chances.

“We pretty much got by last season by regularly scoring just one or two goals.

“We changed things a bit in attack this week and we were able to capitalise.”

Halvorsen played in the middle of the park yesterday in place of an absent Jane McDonald and Koppen said it “gave our midfield some energy and combined well with Leticia Quinlan and Tayla Braithwaite”.

Thornton player Ash Vickery sustained a knee injury in the match and looks doubtful for this weekend’s clash with Adamstown.


Adamstown 5 (Jasmin Courtenay, Olivia Trinka 2, Rhali Dobson 2) beat Warners Bay 1 (Cassidy Davis) at Adamstown No.3. Half-time: Adamstown led 2-0.

Adamstown completed the round of one-sided score lines with a 5-1 demolition of Warners Bay at Adamstown No.3.

Jasmin Courtenay and Olivia Trinka scored in the first half to give Adamstown a 2-0 advantage at the break.

But Jets player Cassidy Davis closed the gap to 2-1 early in the second period with a great strike from the left of field.

The game remained tight until late in the piece when Adamstown scored three unanswered goals – Trinka added another and Rhali Dobson put away two – to seal the three points.

Adamstown coach Ben Herron was pleased to continue their unbeaten start to the season and to put in a much more disciplined performance yesterday.

“We maintained our shape very well, we pushed at the right times, we were composed and there were not too many turnovers,” Herron said.

“Our midfield three of Elodie Dagg, Jorjia Hogg and Ryley Field definitely clicked and worked really well today. Jorjia is only 16 and is showing quite a level head for a 16-year-old.

“We probably still lacked a little bit of composure at certain times and need to just settle a little and we will be working on not trying to force the pass too early.”

Warners Bay coach Leon Davis felt his side were still well in it at 2-1 but said they paid the price for costly errors.

“Out of 90 minutes I would say we probably had possession for 60 but we made a few mistakes which were extremely costly,” Davis said.

“We gave the ball away too easily and there was a lack of communication in vital areas and critical moments of the game.

“We missed a couple of chances and could’ve been up early but we need more accuracy in the final third,” Davis concluded.


WPL 18s, 16s and 14s Round 3 results:

18s: Wallsend drew 1-1 with Mid North Coast; Adamstown beat Warners Bay 2-1; Thornton beat Merewether 4-0

16s: Mid North Coast beat Wallsend 12-1; Adamstown beat Warners Bay 3-1; Thornton defeated Merewether 2-0

14s: Mid North Coast defeated Wallsend 12-1; Adamstown beat Warners Bay 6-0; Merewether downed Thornton 4-2


WPL Round 4 Fixtures

Sunday, March 27, 2.15pm first-grade kick-off

Adamstown v Thornton, Adamstown No.2 Oval;

Warners Bay v Wallsend, Evans Park;

South Wallsend v Merewether, Walker Fields;

Mid North Coast have the bye


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