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Adamstown 5 (Clare Cummings, Elodie Dagg, own goal, Chelsea Lucas, Maggie Quinn) defeated Mid North Coast 1 (Bianca Mason) at Lake Cathie. Half-time: Adamstown led 4-1.
Adamstown leap-frogged Mid North Coast into third place with a 5-1 win over them on Sunday in the only Herald Women’s Premier League match of the weekend to go ahead.
The match had to be moved from Port Macquarie to Lake Cathie and was played in blustery conditions. Adamstown had the wind in their favour in the first half and had opened up a 4-1 lead by the break after trailing 1-0 early in the piece.
Bianca Mason scored for the hosts with the game around 15 minutes old but Rosebud skipper Clare Cummings levelled the score midway through the half when she made a penetrating run from deep in Adamstown territory then scored from 25 metres out.
Mid North Coast conceded an own goal shortly after when the ball caught a divet and spun up awkwardly for goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone.
Elodie Dagg extended the score to 3-1 when she scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble off a corner.
Chelsea Lucas scored her first Herald WPL goal when she won the ball off a Mid North Coast defender and scored at the near post.
Maggie Quinn also scored her first goal at the top level when she found the back of the net in the dying stages of the match.
The new-look Mid North Coast side showed they would be a force to be reckoned in 2017 when they opened the season with an 8-0 rout of Thornton.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron knew his charges could not afford a slow start against the Middies and ahead of the game declared Rosebud would have to be switched on from the outset if they wanted to win.
Herron also instructed his side to play a high-pressing game and the ploy paid dividends.
“We tried to learn from our match from the first week. I wanted us to put a lot of pressure on them this week when they had the ball to try to force them into error and it worked well,” Herron said.
“We managed to pick up a lot of the ball in their half through a lot of hard work. I was very happy with that. We now need to show that hunger whenever we get on top.”
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day said Adamstown “earned the win”.
“We are making no excuses,” Day said. “We didn’t play the game we are capable of and will train hard and focus forward.”
Adamstown has the chance to add another three competition points and advance further up the ladder with another win in a rescheduled fixture against Merewether at Myamblah Oval on Wednesday night.
Points table: Warners Bay 9, Merewether 6, Adamstown 4, Mid North Coast 3, South Wallsend 1, Wallsend 0, Thornton 0.
Round 5 – Sunday, 2.15pm
Merewether v Warners Bay, at Myamblah Oval;
South Wallsend v Thornton; at Walkers Fields;
Wallsend v Mid North Coast, at The Gardens;
Adamstown – bye.