Warners Bay 5-0 Adamstown Rosebud
Warners Bay climbed back into the top four of the Herald Women’s Premier League after thrashing Adamstown at John Street Oval on Sunday.
Annika D’Amico bagged a brace for the Panthers as the home side put on a clinic for the visiting Rosebud. Jen Hoy and Ryley Field also added their names to the scoresheet as Warners Bay ran out 5-nil winners.
“It was another solid performance by the girls. Very clinical in the final third which was great to see,” Panthers coach Craig Atkins said.
“We focused on the final third all week and to score five goals and concede none was fantastic.
“Adding Jen into the final third adds that extra spark. She’s a quality player. The girls are lifted when she plays and her combinations with all players today was absolutely exceptional.”
Sophia Laurie drew strong praise from the Panthers coach in what was another top-level performance from the talented midfielder.
“She’s got a fantastic work rate and is always showing up for us… I think she’s only getting better,” Atkins said.
Warners Bay led by one goal at half-time but proved clinical early in the second half.
“We said at half-time we need to come out and really dominate the next 10 to 15 minutes and we did… [we] scored three quick goals and wrapped the game up pretty quick,” Atkins said.
“The bottom line is you can always improve but the quality of the football we are playing is great at the moment. But there’s still a few areas we want to fix up on.”
At the other end, it was a tough day in the office for Rosebud coach Ryan Campbell.
After starting the campaign with back-to-back wins, Adamstown find themselves dwindling towards the bottom of the ladder having now lost four in a row.
Since the competition returned from hibernation, Rosebud have conceded 21 goals but only found the back of the net on three occasions.
The impressive performance of debutant Charli O’Connor was one of few positives for the Buds, who now turn their attention to Sunday’s clash with Thornton.
Broadmeadow Magic 3-1 Mid Coast FC 1
Broadmeadow Magic have moved to equal first on the Herald Women’s Premier League table after they recorded a 3-1 win over Mid Coast on Sunday afternoon.
Magic coach Jake Curley described his side’s performance as ‘poor’ but was happy to have walked away with the three points in what was Magic’s third game in seven days.
“We’re starting to feel fatigued now. That’s three games in seven days and now we’ve got Wednesday night against Thornton,” Curley said.
“There was nothing about that I liked… to be fair though It’s good to win and not play well. They’ve got a good mentality the girls.”
Lucy Jerram opened the account for the home side early in the second half, while Maddie Dean and Mel Price also found the scoresheet for the women in red.
Reflecting on the first half of this year’s shortened season, Curley believed his side had performed on par with expectation.
“The girls are doing pretty well considering we’ve only got five players from last year,” Curley said.
“I think we’ve been pretty good. We shouldn’t have lost to Merewether, we had three or four one on ones. And then Olympic, [we were] two-nil up and then a red card and it changed the dynamic of the match.”
Sunday afternoon’s loss was the first for Mid Coast since the competition returned from hibernation. Middies entered the clash hoping to make it four wins on the trot.
“I don’t think the score line really reflects the game in the end. We probably dropped our intensity with about 20 minutes to go,” Mid Coast coach Mick Grass said.
“It is something we will learn from. If we can maintain our intensity for 90 minutes against teams like [Broadmeadow] then I think we can get results.
“We let the game get too big on us at times. Too much space for their wide player [Lucy Jerram] who’s really hard to contain in that kind of space. If we can manage to keep those spaces smaller for a whole 90 minutes… I don’t think we’re that far away to be honest.”
Jess James was a standout for the visitors. James scored Mid Coast’s only goal but was unlucky not to find the back of the net just minutes later.
“Once we got back to 2-1, I thought we were right back in the game again… It [Jess James’ shot on goal] hits the crossbar, bounces on the line again. If that goes in, it is two-all and I think it is game back on,” Grass said.
Mid Coast next face competition frontrunners Newcastle Olympic on Sunday, while Magic shift their focus to Wednesday night’s clash with Thornton.
The match of the round between Thornton and Merewether United and New Lambton’s clash with Newcastle Olympic were postponed.