Match of the Round
New Lambton v Warners Bay
Arthur Edden Oval – Sunday
Wet weather caused havoc in round five of the Herald Women’s Premier League, with Saturday’s clash between New Lambton and Warners Bay the only fixture to get underway.
Around the grounds it was an otherwise soggy Sunday, with Adamstown and Broadmeadow, Thornton and Newcastle Olympic and Mid Coast FC and Merewether United washed out.
At Arthur Edden Oval, it was the visiting Panthers who found the back of the net early. In just her second game for the club, former NWSL player Jen Hoy skipped around Eagles keeper Ruby Jones to give her side the advantage 10-minutes in.
Sophie Stapleford and Emmaline Pepper combined to edge the Eagles back into the contest just after the break. Pepper found the final touch after a shot from Stapleford rebounded off the woodwork.
The end of the second half verged on bizarre as 13-minutes saw the half finish close to an hour in length. The match winner eventually came via the boot of Warners Bay’s Annika D’Amico in the 52nd minute.
The eventual sound of a full-time whistle ended a tough seven day stint for the Panthers, who find themselves well in contention near the top of the ladder.
“The girls are tired… it’s been a nice week, six from nine points, we are very happy with that,” Panthers coach Craig Atkins said.
“They all came through pretty unscathed… a bit of body soreness, a couple of knocks here and there but nothing major.”
Having missed Wednesday’s catch up game with Broadmeadow, Elodie Dagg returned for the Panthers. Her combination with Jen Hoy showed some strong signs, with the pair likely to prove a handful for opposition defences.
“Jen is still finding her feet with all of our team as well… there’s definitely positive signs there and encouraging because we’ve got plenty to work on,” Atkins said.
Warners Bay next face Merewether on Sunday.
“We’ve just got to keep focusing on us. With now Jen on deck it is about working, building on combinations, because still the execution of that final ball is still letting us down,” Atkins said.
It was once again a story of what could have been for the Eagles, who failed to convert in the final third despite no shortage of opportunities.
“We had enough chances to win the game. We were the better side, we just didn’t finish… our finishing in the moments that needed a bit of quality it wasn’t there,” Eagles coach Brad Jones said.
“I thought Kaitlin Radstaak was absolutely outstanding. Ellen Darby as a young centre back was brilliant, they contained Jen [Hoy] really well.
“We just lament the fact we couldn’t finish the many chances that we created.”
New Lambton now turn their attention to Thornton at Arthur Edden Oval on Sunday.
“I do believe the style of football the girls are playing, I think there’ll be some teams that will get a massive shock if we can take our chances when we create them,” Jones said.
Matches between Adamstown Rosebud and Broadmeadow Magic, Thornton and Newcastle Olympic and Mid Coast FC and Merewether United were washed out on Sunday, with the fixtures to be rescheduled.