Herald Women’s Premier League
Rescheduled Round 11 fixture
Mid North Coast 2 (Bianca Mason, Abbie Watson) defeated Adamstown 0; Half-time: 0-0; Played yesterday at Adamstown No.3 Oval
Mid North Coast surged into fourth place with a 2-0 upset of Premier League leaders Adamstown yesterday.
Adamstown were without several regular personnel, including key players Clare Cummings (unavailable), Kate Lindsay (injury) and shot-stopper Rebecca Miller (injury) and at times lacked their usual composure and ability to hold possession, but still looked dangerous in parts.
Mid North Coast dominated in midfield and were defensively strong, shutting down any attacking raids the hosts created, and showed a killer instinct in the final third.
The match remained scoreless at the break and it was not until the 70th minute that the visitors broke the deadlock when Bianca Mason finished from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
Abbie Watson extended the lead on the final whistle when she scored with a tap-in at the far post and Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker was thrilled with the result.
“I couldn’t be prouder,” Baker said. “Everyone across the park and in the squad did their job.
“I think we defended really well today, or they were a bit off their game.
“Our defence made good decisions and across the park I thought we were solid.”
Baker paid tribute to the efforts of Courtney Anderson and Mel Norup and “a very young midfield”.
“We have a really good attitude at the moment,” Baker said. “Everyone is playing for each other.
“From the change-room to the warm-up to the game today, the girls were happy about being here and I said before the match that if we didn’t win today I would be disappointed.
“They wanted it from the get-go today.”
Adamstown coach John Jiggins was disappointed with the result but sung the praises of defensive midfielder Marli Harrison and said a positive note was being able to give younger players a taste of premier league in the absence of some of the squad’s key players.
Sixteen-year-old Gabby Consentino made her Herald WPL starting debut for Rosebud yesterday.
“To their credit, they deserved to win today,” Jiggins said.
Adamstown remain locked at the top of the league ladder with Merewether in the race for the Premiership but United have two games in hand over Rosebud.
Merewether can take the outright competition lead with a win over last-placed Warners Bay in a rescheduled Round 11 match on Wednesday night.
Points table: Adamstown 32, Merewether 32, Valentine 28, Mid North Coast 17, South Wallsend 16, Wallsend 12, Thornton 12, Warners Bay 11.
Rescheduled Round 11 match: Wednesday, July 8 at 8pm: Merewether v Warners Bay at Myamblah Oval;
Round 17: Saturday, July 11 at 2pm: Adamstown v Warners Bay at Adamstown No.1; Sunday, July 12 at 2pm: Merewether v Thornton at Myamblah Oval; South Wallsend v Valentine at Walker Fields; Wallsend v Mid North Coast at Wallsend Oval.