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Wallsend 2 (Casey Smith) drew with Adamstown 2 (Elodie Dagg) at The Gardens. Half-time: Wallsend led 1-0.
Adamstown coach Ben Herron described Rosebud’s first-half performance in a two-all draw with Wallsend on Sunday as “well below what is acceptable for our standards”.
He then warned “it could end up a football score” if they turn up midweek against Herald Women’s Premier leaders Merewether with “the same application”.
“I think Wallsend would be disappointed,” Herron said.
“We had no intensity and everything we did in the first half was not acceptable.
“I told them at half-time, ‘I think you embarrassed yourselves out there’. I said they needed to show some pride in the shirt in the second half.
“There were still some fundamental things we did wrong. At the start of the season, we knew it was going to be a learning curve and a rebuilding year but some players are not showing enough enthusiasm and desire to warrant playing first grade.”
The Red Devils led 1-0 at half-time after Casey Smith scored around the 20-minute mark and the score did not change before the break.
But Herron said if not for the heroics of their shot-stopper Bec Miller “we could have realistically been down by four or five goals in the first half”.
Rosebud responded almost immediately to “a dressing down at half-time”, scoring virtually from the kick-off through teenage midfielder Elodie Dagg.
Wallsend hit back moments later, again through Smith, before Dagg added another one minute later.
Wallsend assistant coach Strat Kapalos said they couldn’t be too disappointed with the draw.
“It was a good game of football and I think half-time was our worst enemy,” he said.
“We gave their goalkeeper a good workout and she did very well. We should’ve been four or five up at half-time.
“It was disappointing we couldn’t come away with a better result but we’re happy. We’re getting better with every week, we’ve just got to come out in the second half like we do in the first.”
Merewether 5 (Sarah Halvorsen 2, Leticia Quinlan, Rhali Dobson, Bek Stuart) defeated Thornton 0 at Thornton Park. Half-time: Merewether led 1-0.
Merewether continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Thornton but the Redbacks made the league heavyweights work hard for the points.
Thornton coach Al Primmer instructed his charges to “frustrate them” and was pleased with the first-half performance in which Merewether only scored off a corner with less than five minutes until half-time.
Westfield W-League striker Rhali Dobson, in her return from missing two matches through unavailability, opened the scoring with a header off a Jaimee Ellis corner.
“It was high tempo with the calibre of players they have at the front and the back. Our job was to frustrate them and we did super well with the way we played in the first half,” Primmer said.
Thornton created a good chance early in the second half but Celeste Ortega-Edwards’ shot was saved by Tayla Naismith and moments later Merewether took the score to 2-0 up the other end of the park through Leticia Quinlan.
Primmer said the second goal “knocked the winds out of our sails a bit”.
“But I was really happy; we pushed them for 40 minutes and got them playing exactly how we wanted them to play,” he said.
“That second goal changed the complexity of the game but I can’t be disappointed.”
Substitute Bek Stuart was on the spot to finish a well-timed cross at the far post with a left-footed volley midway through the second half to take the score to 3-0 in favour of the visitors.
Sarah Halvorsen headed home another Ellis corner for a 4-0 lead before completing a match brace with the game’s fifth goal after a scramble in the box.
Merewether coach Cass Koppen said “it was a slow start for us” but was happy with how United “stayed patient and maintained our discipline”.
“To their credit, they defended really well and I think their keeper had a really good game and kept them in it,” she said.
United host Adamstown in a rescheduled fixture at Myamblah Oval on Wednesday night and Koppen believes they will need to do more work against them.
“We are not going to get that many opportunities against Adamstown so we will need to capitalise on our chances and be more clinical in front of goal.”
Warners Bay 3 (Jenna Kingsley 2, Nadja Squires (pen)) defeated Mid North Coast 2 (Bianca Mason, Katie Reeman) at John Street Oval. Half-time: Warners Bay led 3-2.
Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis said the defending champions had a lucky “escape” in a 3-2 win over Mid North Coast.
All five goals came in the first half which was like an arm wrestle.
Warners Bay started without key Westfield W-League defender Brooke Miller, who was injured, and fleet-footed attacking weapon Sass Seaborn, who was out through illness.
“That made it hard, not having both of them,” Davis said.
“We had to call on two of our 18s, who did well. But generally, we were poor. We weren’t first to the ball … but Mid North Coast are a good team, they can beat anyone.
“We won 3-2 but we could’ve easily lost that game. They put up a good fight and were probably unlucky not to win.”
Westfield W-League striker Jenna Kingsley opened the scoring for the hosts early in the match after Davis split the Mid North Coast defence and her teammate ran onto the ball and finished from inside the box.
The visitors hit back through Bianca Mason before Warners Bay were awarded a penalty for a handball in the box. Captain Nadja Squires was successful with the spot kick.
Katie Reeman put Mid North Coast back on level terms before Kingsley added another goal similar to her first, with the through ball this time coming from Georgia Minors.
Mid North Coast coach Mick Day was happy to see the hard work in training paying off with two “well-constructed goals”
“Credit to Warners Bay, they are a top outfit. You can’t blink with a team like them or you will pay,” he said.
“Our last three games have taught us a lot and we will adapt and evolve our game, continue to train hard and I am sure the results will come.”
Points table: Merewether 15, Warners Bay 15, Adamstown 5, South Wallsend 4, Mid North Coast 4,
Wallsend 2, Thornton 0.