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NPL Women’s NNSW Review: Magic stay in touching distance of the top with win over Magpies

June 15th, 2022

Grace Clegg

Sproule Sports Focus


MATCH OF THE ROUND
BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC 3-1 MAITLAND FC

Broadmeadow are back level with leaders Warners Bay at the top of the table following an important 3-1 win over Maitland in their rescheduled round three match on Monday.

It was the second time in six days that Magic had beaten the Magpies following their 4-3 victory at Cooks Square Park in their rescheduled round 10 match last Wednesday night.

Broadmeadow started strongly at Magic Park and led 2-0 at the break.

Rhali Dobson opened the scoring in the 16th minute, beating Imogene Tomasone low to the Maitland goalkeeper’s left.

Chelsea Lucas made it 2-0 in the 21st minute when she too beat Tomasone moments after Maitland defender Kaitlin Radstaak had hit the post with a header from a corner.

Lucy Jerram made it 3-0 in the 58th minute before Mercedes McNabb got one back for the visitors in the 62nd minute to give Maitland some hope.

But Broadmeadow saw out the win with Magic coach Jake Curley more than impressed with his side’s performance.

“I thought the girls did really well,” Curley said.

“We created good chances and defended well. Overall I’m really happy with the performance.”

The loss saw Maitland slip outside the top four, two points behind Newcastle Olympic. But David Walker’s side does maintain a game in hand over the teams above them, with plenty of matches left to play in the season.

A bright side for Maitland was having new signings Hannah Bourke, Kiarra Lewis and Jemma Lawson join their ranks. The former Jets Academy defender and Adamstown Rosebud pair could prove crucial for the Magpies in seeing them return to their winning ways for the remainder of the season.

Broadmeadow will look to continue their momentum when they face bottom side New Lambton FC on Sunday, while Maitland will take on Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night.


MID COAST FC 0-8 WARNERS BAY FC

Warners Bay continued their winning momentum when they defeated Mid Coast 8-0 in their rescheduled round nine match in Taree on Saturday.

The Panthers remain on top of the table, sitting on 25 points level with Broadmeadow, with Warners Bay enjoying a superior goal difference.

Mid Coast faced a double header over the weekend which was never going to be an easy assignment despite Middies coming off the back of a solid two weeks.

With two games in three days, the most important thing for Mid Coast coach Mick Grass was his players remaining fit and healthy.

“It was important for the girls to look after themselves and get their bodies ready for the two games,” Grass said.

With eight goals and three points to their name, Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was pleased with an array of goal scorers and solid performances.

“The girls were obviously coming off a good performance against Broadmeadow and we wanted to replicate that,” Atkins said.

“Again, [the girls] put in another strong performance which is very promising.

“We’ve got a lot of goal scorers in our team and we’ve spent a fair bit of time working on shooting goals this week, so it was nice to see that has paid off and we had a nice variety of goal scorers as well.

“It was very positive scoring eight goals but again we’re walking away with a clean sheet so that was outstanding as well so full credit to the girls.”


NEW LAMBTON FC 0-8 CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI

New Lambton are still searching for their first win of the season after going down 8-0 to Charlestown Azzurri in their rescheduled round six match on Sunday.

With eight goals and a clean sheet at Arthur Edden Oval Azzurri coach Niko Papaspiropoulos was happy with the result but said there were still things to work on.

“I can’t complain about the result but there is a fair bit we can take out of that game and things we can still do better,” Papaspiropoulos said.

“Overall though it was a good result and we get the three points which is important.”

With no points from 10 games so far this season New Lambton remain on the bottom of the table.

Despite the loss, New Lambton coach Mackenzie Davis said her squad were showing signs of improvement every week.

“The squad’s performance showed great signs of the team improving,” Davis said.

“We went long periods without conceding which has been a weak point for us.

“We had Freya Clifton up against her former club and she was immense, stripping experienced players of the ball and staying composed. We also had Nina Collins back with us in the midfield which helped us stay positive too.”

Papaspiropoulos shared in Davis’ sentient that her squad were slowly improving.

“To be fair, [New Lambton] made it hard for us in patches and to a degree we were a little bit frustrated because at some stages they defended quite well and we weren’t moving the ball enough,” Papaspiropoulos said.

Azzurri also had a number of reserve grade players make their first grade debut, something Papaspiropoulos was proud of.

“We had a few girls get their first grade debut including one of our under-17s players Sienna Denholm, who scored one of the goals so that was great to see,” Papaspiropoulos said.

“Overall it was a convincing result, especially considering how many players we’ve had out over the past couple of weeks. Everyone stepped up and played a controlled game for the full 90 minutes.”

Azzurri remain in third place on 20 points, riding hot on the heels of leaders Warners Bay and Broadmeadow.


NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC 3-2 MID COAST FC

Newcastle Olympic have climbed into the top four following a thrilling 3-2 win over Mid Coast FC in their rescheduled round five match on Monday.

Alesha Clifford’s 85th minute free kick gave the hosts all three points at Darling Street to see Olympic sit inside the finals places for the first time this season.

After a slow start to their season Olympic have hit their straps, continuing their winning momentum with a hard-fought win over Middies.

The win was Olympic’s fourth in a row and now sees them sitting on 18 points, with Maitland dropping out of the top four. Though the Magpies have a game in hand.

Olympic led the game before being forced to come from behind against a Mid Coast side who were looking to bounce back after an 8-0 loss to Warners Bay two days prior.

Jemma House gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute before Sarah Coster got an equaliser 13 minutes later.

Evie Bobilak made it 2-1 for the visitors in the 31st minute before House got her second of the afternoon and equalised once again.

Clifford sealed the result for Olympic five minutes from full-tiome when she found the back of the net with a stunning free kick.

Despite the win Olympic coach Paul Devitis said there was plenty of work to do if they wanted to remain competitive in the competition.

“We were our own worst enemies at times today and gave away possession far too easily, even when under minimal pressure” Devitis said.

“Passing quality will be something we address this week leading up to our next game against [Mid Coast] on Saturday.”

After a tightly fought contest Devitis was happy to take the three points despite an overall disappointing performance which saw Mid Coast remain in the game until the end.

“I thought it was a very even game. They put us under a lot of pressure and their work rate was phenomenal,” Devitis said.

“Organisationally Middies were absolutely fantastic today and credit to them.

“We didn’t impose ourselves as an attacking threat enough in the game and we didn’t play the killer balls we have been in the past month or so.”

Despite the somewhat lacklustre performance, Devitis said there were still good things to come from the game.

“Defensively we were solid and limited the opposition to a couple of long shots,” Devitis said.

“The two goals we conceded were both bad errors that we will learn from moving forward.

“Overall it was a disappointing performance considering the form we have been in but as a result that puts us in a good position moving forward. It was good to see that now we can win a game despite not playing our best, which is something we couldn’t do in round one of the competition.”

Mid Coast coach Mick Grass was proud of his team’s performance.

“I thought today’s performance was probably our best performance so far,” Grass said.

“I think we were pretty hard done by not to get a result today.”

Olympic and Mid Coast will meet each other again in this weekend’s round 12 clash.

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