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Herald Women’s Premier League
Round 6 Wrap
Merewether 2 (Lori Depczynski, Sarah Halvorsen) defeated Mid North Coast 1 (Bianca Mason) at Wayne Richards Park. Half-time: Merewether lead 2-0.
Merewether “didn’t play pretty football but we got the points” in their 2-1 win over Mid North Coast, according to United coach Cass Koppen.
United moved three points clear at the top of the Herald Women’s Premier League ladder with the hard-fought victory in Port Macquarie on Sunday.
The visitors opened the scoring with the game just six minutes old when Lori Depczynski surged onto a through ball and, with only former United shot-stopper Imogene Tomasone to beat, slotted into the net.
Merewether extended the lead to 2-0 midway through the first half when the ball was sent over the Mid North Coast defence and speedster Sarah Halvorsen took possession then chipped Tomasone.
United held a 2-0 ascendancy at the break but were reduced to 10 players for 10 minutes of the second period when steely centre-back Jaimee Ellis was forced from the field through injury.
The hosts took advantage and closed the scoreline to one when Bianca Mason scored with a well-crafted goal.
“We had three 18s on the bench who had already played full games in the heat and we didn’t really have room to move, so we just wanted to see how Jaimee would be,” Koppen said.
“That was when we conceded, and we got a bit unsettled. But full credit to Mid North Coast, they probably had more chances than us but just didn’t put them away.
“It was probably an even match; it was quite a fast-paced game and no one had a huge amount of time on the ball and that showed in the possession stakes. In the last 15 minutes, they had us under the pump and it was definitely good to get the win up there.”
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day said his side had numerous shot on goal but could not put them away. He also paid credit to the efforts of Merewether 18s goalkeeper Taylah Naismith, who stepped up to the top grade in place of suspended first-grade shot-stopper Alison Logue on Sunday.
“Most teams would be happy with 2-1 verse current leaders Merewether,” Day said.
“However, we are a bit disappointed not to get the win. We are playing good football, creating opportunities and we are here to win.”
Merewether were also without Westfield W-League striker Rhali Dobson and key midfielder Jane McDonald.
Wallsend v South Wallsend, at The Gardens – postponed.
Thornton v Adamstown, at Thornton Park – postponed.
Points table: Merewether 12, Warners Bay 9, Adamstown 4, South Wallsend 4, Mid North Coast 4, Wallsend 1, Thornton 0.