Michael Ying Sing
MATCH OF THE ROUND
ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC 2-6 MAITLAND FC
Maitland returned to winning ways with a convincing 6-2 victory over Adamstown Rosebud on Saturday night.
The two sides were searching for a win after a couple of unsuccessful weeks saw the Magpies drop to fifth, with Adamstown sixth on the table.
It was a deserved result for Maitland, with the Magpies 5-0 up at half-time at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
Bronte Peel opened the scoring for Maitland within the opening minute before Mercedes McNabb scored in the 20th minute. Chelsea Greguric scored twice before former Adamstown player Kiarra Lewis added a fifth on the stroke of half-time.
Rosebud scored twice within five minutes midway through the second half through Jenna Doyle and Kimmy Trappett before Sophie Jones put the icing on the cake for Maitland with a stunning free kick five minutes from full-time.
It was not all good news for Maitland though with McNabb suffering a broken collarbone after a challenge late in the game, increasing the Magpies’ long term injury list to seven players.
Maitland coach David Walker was thrilled with his side’s dominant win after a couple of below average weeks, with the Magpies now having scored 13 goals in their two matches against Adamstown.
“I’m very happy with the result,” Walker said.
“Our results in recent games did not reflect the team’s performance and Saturday’s game was a good team effort showcasing the maturity and resilience of this team, with good structure and strategic execution.”
Following three weeks without a win Walker said his side’s hard work and focus on defence and goal scoring had paid off.
“We wanted to win the ball and expose [Adamstown] on the counterattack and while some of the goals were from free kicks or set plays, this was a direct result of our ability to transition quickly and get at a desperate defence,” Walker said.
“We were organised and composed for most of the match and it was a good performance with the six goals coming from five different players.”
Maitland remain fifth despite the convincing win but move to 19 points. The Magpies also retain a game in hand against Mid Coast, where a win could see them climb to third.
Adamstown remain sixth but are now eight points behind the Magpies with Rosebud’s finals hopes looking unlikely.
Maitland will face a much tougher test when they host top of the table Warners Bay on Sunday while Adamstown will face another difficult assignment against in form Newcastle Olympic.
MID COAST FC 0-4 NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC FC
Newcastle Olympic continued their impressive winning streak with a 4-0 win over Mid Coast FC in Taree on Saturday night.
It was Olympic’s fifth straight win which now sees them sitting in third place on 21 points.
The win was a vast improvement from their game five days earlier when they just edged out Mid Coast in a 3-2 win.
Brooke Summers opened the scoring the visitors with a long-range shot in the 35th minute. It was the only goal of the first half before Jemma House made it 2-0 just five minutes into the second half.
Keea Parrish added her name to the scoresheet in the 72nd minute before Georgia Little found the back of the net seven minutes from full-time.
Mid Coast were unable to fight back and were left to question where their side of just five days earlier had disappeared to.
Middies coach Mick Grass was left disappointed that his side could not compete with Mid Coast dropping six points to Olympic in six days to remain seventh on the table.
“Our performance [on Saturday] was pretty disappointing whereas the way we played last weekend was encouraging,” Grass said.
“Olympic stepped up [on Saturday] and put a lot of pressure on us and forced a lot of errors and we didn’t step up and deal with that at all.
“I think we can definitely do better than we did and it was disappointing to take a step back.
“We turned up [on Saturday] and just didn’t bring the same intensity into our game that we did last weekend so that’s something we have to address and we need to make sure that we can turn up for every game and be consistent in our effort and our execution.”
Going from fifth to third on the table in two weeks is no mean feat but Newcastle Olympic have found a way to do it. Hitting their straps mid-way through the season, Olympic coach Paul Devitis had nothing but praise for his side following their win.
“I’m really happy with the overall team performance and it was a much-improved game compared to Monday,” Devitis said.
“Our intensity was much better especially in the second half and we didn’t let Middies have a sniff at the game.
“We showed good composure on the ball and our backline set up the play for us really well.”
With four different goal scorers and a 16-year-old debutant in Larissa Ryan, Olympic had plenty to celebrate.
“We had four different goal scorers and the quality of our goals was excellent,” Devitis said.
“Overall it was a much-improved team performance that gives us confidence moving forward to next week.”
Mid Coast will face Broadmeadow Magic on Saturday afternoon before Olympic go up against Adamstown on Saturday night.
WARNERS BAY FC 10-1 CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI FC
Charlestown Azzurri were handed a reality check after being thrashed 10-1 by competition leaders Warners Bay on Sunday.
Azzurri also went down 6-1 to the Panthers in their round five clash, with Charlestown looking for a much-improved effort at John Street Oval.
But Warners Bay demonstrated why they are sitting on top of the table, putting on another clinical display from the start with the goals coming from all directions and in quick succession.
Tara Andrews opened the scoring in the fourth minute, followed by goals to Cassidy Davis, Elodie Dagg, Adriana Konjarski and Lauren Allan, giving the hosts a 6-0 lead going into half-time.
Davis scored her second of the night in the 53rd minute before Dagg rounded out her hat-trick three minutes later. Allan then got her second just past the hour mark with Konjarski putting the icing on the cake for the Panthers with 20 minutes to play.
The visitors got themselves a consolation goal in the 90th minute through Courtney Anderson but it was far too little too late.
Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was impressed with his side’s display and credited the win to their great start.
“Obviously very happy with the performance the girls put out there today,” Atkins said.
“We really focused on a nice strong start to the game because we knew they would come out nice and hard and aggressive as well but full credit to our girls, they were ruthless in the first 20 to 25 minutes and set the game up really nicely.”
Despite the dominant win, Atkins was quick to acknowledge how well Azzurri have been performing this season.
“Azzurri are up there for a reason and we had to forget our first game against them and focus on this one because each team gets better so we just had to worry about us and it was a fantastic result,” Atkins said.
“The girls went hard and executed early and we really put our stamp on the game.”
Azzurri have now slipped to fourth place on the table after being overtaken by Olympic following their win over Mid Coast.
Charlestown coach Niko Papaspiropoulos was bitterly disappointed with the result and his side’s performance.
“Very simply put, from start to finish, we didn’t show up and we made errors very early on that cost us two or three goals and then from there on we didn’t show up and play at all,” Papaspirpoulos said.
“We were outclassed today and there’s not much more to it. It was obviously not what we wanted. Everyone knows that and now we need to look at what we can improve on and make sure we don’t let this happen again against any team.
“You always look to play well, it’s very simple. We knew it was going to be tough especially coming back after half-time but you have to show some pride, some determination, some commitment and come out and do better.”
The Panthers opened up a three-point gap at the top of the table to Broadmeadow.
Warners Bay travel to Maitland to face the Magpies on Sunday afternoon while Azzurri will be desperate to bounce back when they host bottom of the table New Lambton.