MATCH OF THE ROUND
BROADMEADOW MAGIC FC 0-1 WARNERS BAY FC
Warners Bay secured the outright competition lead with a tight and tense 1-0 win over Broadmeadow Magic on Sunday.
Adriana Konjarski scored the winner 11 minutes from full-time at Magic Park to earn all three points for the visitors in the top of the table clash.
Broadmeadow and Warners Bay went into the match on 19 points, with the Panthers only in front on goal difference. But Konjarski’s late winner saw Warners Bay open up a three-point lead at the top.
Both teams had their chances to take the lead on the bumpy and slippery Magic Park surface, with Konjarski’s effort taking her tally to 25 goals in just 10 appearances so far this season.
Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was happy to take the three points after a solid performance from his side.
“I thought it was a really good performance from the girls,” Atkins said.
“We had to fix a few things from last week but we turned up and I thought the girls put on a really good performance.
“We could have possibly got a few more goals but we’ll take the three points because it is a big three points.”
Atkins knew that the win was not going to come easy after losing to Newcastle Olympic last week 4-2 and coming up against arguably their fiercest competitors.
“We knew how big this game was,” Atkins said.
“Especially coming off not our best performance last week. We really just went back to basics and focused on any areas we needed to tweak.
“We had a more relaxed week and took the pressure off before an intense training session on Thursday.”
While Broadmeadow had their chances they were unable to capitalise and Warners Bay walked away with another clean sheet. It was the third game in a row that Magic have dropped points after a 1-0 loss to Adamstown in round eight followed by a draw with Charlestown Azzurri in round nine.
Magic coach Jake Curley thought his team played a decent game despite the result.
“I thought defensively we were pretty good and the game was tight,” he said.
“Overall I think that game was about who took their chances and we didn’t take our chances in that game.”
Broadmeadow will look to bounce back against Maitland FC in a rescheduled round three match on Monday while Warners Bay will look to continue their winning streak against Mid Coast in their rescheduled round nine match in Taree on Saturday.
Magic will also head to Maitland to take on the Magpies in their rescheduled round 10 match on Wednesday night.
CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI 1-1 MAITLAND FC
Charlestown coach Niko Papaspiropoulos was left to rue a handful of missed chances as Maitland held Azzurri to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
It was another tight contest when third took on fourth at Lisle Carr Oval as Summer Taube opened the scoring in the 35th minute for the hosts with a well-timed header following a corner.
Both sides created a number of opportunities before Maitland’s Chelsea Greguric got the equaliser in the 61st minute.
Despite the draw Azzurri maintain their third-placed position on 17 points with Maitland hot on their heals on 16 points.
Papaspiropoulos said an inability to finish the game early led to the shared points but said his side put on a decent performance.
“I thought we had a really good first half especially after we got into a bit of a rhythm after the first 15 minutes or so,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“I thought we created a lot of chances in the first half and we probably should have put the game to bed early.
“Unfortunately we didn’t take any other chances that we had and we kept them in the game in the second half.”
With a solid squad and plenty of opportunities, Papaspiropoulos said every chance needs to be taken advantage to win points.
“If you’re not making the most of your chances when you’re in control it costs you points,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“We have to make sure we’re putting games away early so it doesn’t cost us.
“My overall thought across the board is I can’t fault any of the girls. As a squad it was a very good performance, the girls worked really hard for the 90 minutes and it’s disappointing that after our efforts we didn’t get the three points.”
Azzurri will look to further strengthen their grip on a top three place when they take on New Lambton FC in their rescheduled round six match on Sunday.
Maitland face Broadmeadow twice in six days in their rescheduled round 10 and round three matches on Wednesday night and Monday respectively.
NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC 17-0 NEW LAMBTON FC
Newcastle Olympic continued their winning streak with a 17-0 thrashing of New Lambton FC on Saturday.
Olympic moved to 15 points and within one point of the top four after their win over last-placed New Lambton at Darling Street Oval.
Olympic shared around their 17 goals with Jemma House scoring five while Jade McAtamney got a hat-trick. Laura Hall and Keea Parrish both scored two each while Sophie O’Brien, Georgia Amess, Zoe Burnley and Alesha Clifford also got their names on the scoresheet. To add to New Lambton’s woes, there was also an own goal.
Olympic coach Paul Devitis was more than impressed with his side and ecstatic that the whopping 17 goals were shared around.
“We played a full game which is what we’ve been working on and we were able to share the goals around which was great,” he said.
“Jemma scored five but she’s the striker so she’s almost expected to score goals. Besides that, all out midfielders scored goals, two of our defenders scored goals and we had lots of assists from different players, so it was a good team performance.”
Despite their three-game winning streak, Devitis acknowledged that the team’s next match against Mid Coast FC will not be easy.
“We’ve got Mid Coast next week who are in really good form,” Devitis said.
“They’re coming off two wins and a draw so obviously their confidence is going to be red hot and we’ll be expecting a tough game.”
Despite another thrashing New Lambton coach Mackenzie Davis praised her side’s resilience.
“It was a rough night for our squad. [But] if anything, though, it proves incredible resilience,” Davis said.
“This team is committed to building a strong future for this club.
“With youth players getting first grade starts for the first time almost every week, Saturday’s game was a great example of an opportunity for young talent to get experience against local talent such as Jemma House.”
With another win under their belt and proving themselves competition heavyweights, Devitis is committed to improving week on week.
“I think we looked really good across the park during the game so we’re just going to keep doing the things we’ve been doing well,” Devitis said.
“At the end of the day, we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing well over the past three weeks.”
Olympic will take on Mid Coast in their rescheduled round five match next Monday while New Lambton will be up against Charlestown Azzurri in their rescheduled round six match on Sunday.
MID COAST FC 0-0 ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC
Despite a slow start to the season Mid Coast now have two wins and a draw under their belt after Saturday’s game against Adamstown Rosebud JFC in Taree.
Mid Cost are seventh, four points behind Adamstown. But their last two weeks have given the side a real confidence boost.
Keeping Adamstown scoreless and maintain a clean sheet, despite scoring no goals of their own, was a positive for Middies coach Mick Grass.
“I’m really happy with the performance we put on,” Grass said.
“I thought our first half in particular was probably the best football we’ve played all season.
“We probably could have taken some chances to get a better result but at this stage, given the result in the first round against Adamstown, I’m pretty happy with how we played.”
Mid Coast young gun Ginger Harrison and Newcastle Jet Hannah Brewer put on strong performances for their side, with Brewer controlling the midfield and taking charge of the game.
With a solid two weeks under their belt, Grass said his side needed to continue to build momentum and prove themselves against top sides.
“We’ve just got to try and keep building on what we’ve done well to get the results recently and continue to implement those things,” Grass said.
“We also need to look at the things that haven’t worked out so well for us and try to improve on those things.”
Adamstown are sixth on 11 points, four points behind fifth-placed Newcastle Olympic. After an inconsistent first half of the season, Rosebud will need to hit the ground running to move further up the table.
Mid Coast have a doubled header weekend coming up against Newcastle Olympic and competition leaders Warners Bay, while Adamstown have a week off before they play Maitland FC.