Herald WPL Round 4 Review

April 4th, 2016


By Renee Valentine


Adamstown 3 (Jasmin Courtenay 3) defeated Thornton 0 at Adamstown No.2. Half-time: Adamstown led 1-0.

Merewether 5 (Ellie Withers 2, Sarah Halvorsen, Rebekah Stuart, Bronte Walters) beat South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

Warners Bay 1 (Adriana Jones) drew with Wallsend 1 (Jenna Kingsley pen) at Evans Park. Half-time: 0-0.

Mid North Coast had the bye

Match-By-Match Review

Adamstown 3 (Jasmin Courtenay 3) defeated Thornton 0 at Adamstown No.2. Half-time: Adamstown led 1-0.

Jasmin Courtenay scored a hat-trick as Adamstown seized the outright lead of the Herald Women’s Premier League with a 3-0 win over Thornton at Adamstown No.2 Oval yesterday.

All of Adamstown’s goals came from set pieces with Courtenay scoring headers off corners in both halves before converting from the spot late in the match.

The win kept intact Rosebud’s unbeaten start to the season and moved them one point clear of second-placed Merewether at the top of the table.

Adamstown dominated the first half yesterday but had several chances on goal go begging throughout the match.

Courtenay climbed high to score off a corner around the 15-minute mark but was knocked to the ground in the process.

She regathered composure to play on and repeated the move in the 60th minute to extend the hosts’ lead to 2-0 before calmly slotting straight down the middle of goal from the spot in the 75th minute after Rhali Dobson was felled in the box.

The hat-trick takes Courtenay’s season tally to six goals, one less than Wallsend striker Jenna Kingsley.

Adamstown penetrated down both flanks in the first half and on several occasions cut the ball back in the 18-yard box. Olivia Trinka put one over the bar and another just wide off the goalpost.

In the second half Beth Le Gay Brereton put a shot one over the goals and Dobson had an effort from a long range but hit the crossbar and had another glance across the face of goal.

Thornton came out more fired up in the second half and fleet-footed 19-year-old Katie Smee, in just her second year of football, caused some headaches for Adamstown’s defence. She created a couple of opportunities with her pace but was unable to put the chances away.

Adamstown coach Ben Herron was pleased to continue their unbeaten start to the season but said finishing was an area they needed to improve.

“The girls set themselves the goal to come away with a clean sheet, which they did. It was just a matter of execution today,” Herron said.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer was pleased to see an improved effort from his side, who had been beaten 7-0 by United in their previous outing.

“The fact their goals only came from two corners and a penalty says a bit,” Primmer said.

“I’m happy with that result. We turned up this week and only conceded on set pieces.

“I was happy with the girls attitudes. They threw everything at us in the first half and we kept finding a way to stop them.

“Katie Smee’s work rate was sensational today and [goalkeeper] Danielle Redding made some decisive saves, which was good for her after last week,” Primmer concluded.


Merewether 5 (Sarah Halvorsen, Ellie Withers 2, Rebekah Stuart, Bronte Walters) beat South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.

Merewether backed up their 7-0 win over Thornton in round three with a 5-0 victory over South Wallsend yesterday and coach Cassie Koppen praised her side’s ruthlessness in the final third, something she said lacked last season.

“It was a pretty scrappy game,” Koppen said. “They had chances and could’ve put some more away, they applied a lot of pressure and played a high pressing game.

“But to score 12 goals in two games is a good effort. Last year one of the biggest problems was getting on the score sheet.

“Now we are not only getting on the score sheet but we have multiple people getting on the score sheet and have improved in that respect.”

The defending champions led 3-0 at half-time Sarah Halvorsen, Ellie Withers and under-18s player Rebekah Stuart scored goals staggered through the first period.

Bronte Walters and Withers completed the rout with goals in the second half.

South Wallsend coach Elyce Bates rued their lack of experience in the final third but remained upbeat about the season ahead.

“I said to the girls at the end of the game that we can go away from that and say that the scoreline did not reflect the game,” Bates said.

“We created a lot of opportunities but suffered from a lack of experience up front. But a real positive was that we created and we haven’t been able to do that.

“Merewether are a really established side, they have been around for years. We have four or five 18s on the field and they are holding their own.

“It’s only our third game, we’ll take a lot out of that and I have no doubt we will come good.”

The hosts lost first-grade goalkeeper Faith Lewis in the warm-up to a wrist injury and 18s shot-stopper Amelia Singler stepped up for a baptism of fire in her first-grade debut.

“She did unreal, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her,” Bates said of Singler.


Warners Bay 1 (Adriana Jones) drew with Wallsend 1 (Jenna Kingsley pen) at Evans Park. Half-time: 0-0.

Warners Bay registered their first point of the season when they drew 1-1 with an unbeaten Wallsend.

The Bay led 1-0 before Jets player Jenna Kingsley gave Wallsend a share of the points when she scored a penalty with five minutes left in the match.

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said both sides had their chances to win it and was full of praise for a determined Warners Bay.

“Getting a one-all draw against a quality side is a positive,” Hingston said.

“In the first half we just gave away too much ball and too many free kicks, and we gave the goal to them on a platter.

“We created plenty of chances and in the second half we had more opportunities but they pressured us really well and we allowed them to capitalise on our mistakes.”

The game remained scoreless at the break then Warners Bay took the lead when Adriana Jones found the back of the net with a well-placed left-footed strike from a tight angle around the 65-minute mark.

Jenna Kingsley was taken down in the box with five minutes left to play and scored from the ensuing penalty kick. Hingston said Kingsley had an opportunity to score at the death but was denied by Warners Bay goalkeeper Nicki Deiter.

Warners Bay coach Leon Davis devised a successful plan for taking on the big guns but rued his side’s own lack of ruthlessness on goal.

“I think we had three or four simple chances we missed, we just lack confidence in front of goals at the moment,” Davis said.

“We upset their rhythm of play and dominated but couldn’t score. But I’m happy with the effort and happy with what I tried to do and our overall performance; we’ve just got to work on our finishing,” Davis concluded.


Points table: Adamstown 10, Merewether 9, Wallsend 8, Thornton 3, South Wallsend 1, Warners Bay 1, Mid North Coast 1.


Leading scorers: Jenna Kingsley 8, Jasmin Courtenay 6, Ellie Withers 4, Naomi Abbott 3, Sarah Halvorsen 3, 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, Adriana Jones 1, Rebekah Stuart 1, Bronte Walters 1.


WPL 18s, 16s and 14s Round 4 Results

18s: Adamstown drew 0-0 with Thornton; South Wallsend beat Merewether 3-0; Wallsend drew 1-1 with Warners Bay

16s: Adamstown beat Thornton 3-0; South Wallsend defeated Merewether 4-1; Warners Bay downed Wallsend 5-0

14s: Adamstown beat Thornton 4-0; South Wallsend defeated Merewether 9-1; Wallsend downed Warners Bay 3-0


Round 5 fixtures

All games kick off at 2.15pm

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thornton v Warners Bay

At Thornton Park


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mid North Coast v Merewether

At Taree Zone Field


South Wallsend v Adamstown

At Walker Fields


Wallsend have the bye

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