MATCH OF THE ROUND
BROADMEADOW MAGIC 3-2 MAITLAND FC
An 89th minute winner from Rhali Dobson saw Broadmeadow complete a stunning comeback to down Maitland 3-2 on Saturday.
Broadmeadow had trailed 2-0 after half an hour at Magic Park with Sophie Jones and Chelsea Greguric putting the Magpies in a commanding position.
Lucy Kell pulled a goal back for the hosts to halve the deficit at half-time before Lucy Jerram levelled the scores with 15 minutes to play.
But it was former W-League player Dobson who decided the contest, rounding Maitland goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone before calmly slotting home to seal the result.
Despite Maitland’s early 2-0 lead, Magic coach Jake Curley was proud of his team for finding a way to come back.
“Maitland got off to a strong start and were 2-0 up and were unlucky not to be 3-0 up,” Curley said.
“What I liked about the performance was even though we were 2-0 down the girls kept their composure and once we got a goal back, I thought we were in contention.
“We spoke at half-time about playing with a higher tempo and identified ways to create more chances and the girls implemented what we spoke about well. I was really happy with the second half performance and the fight the girls showed.”
It was a vital win for Broadmeadow who remain level on points with leaders Warners Bay, with the Panthers enjoying a significantly better goal difference.
It was a crushing defeat for Maitland who blew a golden opportunity against the competition heavyweights, with the Magpies now in danger of losing touch with the top four.
It was a case of déjà vu for Maitland coach David Walker after watching his side give up a two-goal lead to suffer defeat following their late defeat to Newcastle Olympic last week.
“It was another game like the week [against Olympic] before really,” Walker said.
“We were in it for all of the game except for the very end. I was happy with the team’s performance with the squad we had available. I thought they did well but they just weren’t able to hold on.
“If we took some of the opportunities we had, the game really would have been in our hands. We were very close but haven’t quite had that edge needed for teams above us.”
Walker was impressed with his team’s performance despite the loss.
“The football and the teams’ performances have been excellent,” Walker said.
“If we can continue to play this football and get some first graders back in the side we should be able to finish the season strong. Whether that will be enough to play finals, we’ll have to wait and see.”
With finals fast approaching, every game is beginning to have a finals feel about it and this game was no exception.
“It was a very high intensity and high tempo game, probably the highest tempo football match we’ve participated in this year,” Walker said.
“I thought it was a very high standard performance and Broadmeadow had to work their absolute best to get the result and to their credit, they kept going for the full 90 minutes.”
It will be another busy week for Broadmeadow who make the short trip to Darling Street to face rivals Newcastle Olympic on Wednesday night before their top of the table clash with Warners Bay on Sunday.
Maitland face a must-win clash with Charlestown Azzurri on Saturday.
MID COAST FC 3-1 NEW LAMBTON FC
Mid Coast got their fourth win of the season after defeating New Lambton 3-1 in Taree on Saturday night.
Tash Ruge, Evie Bobilak and Kirrilly Hughes scored one each in Mid Coast’s win, taking their season tally to 15.
Middies remain in seventh place despite the win, having moved to 13 points.
New Lambton added one goal to their season total, courtesy of Imogen May with the Eagles remaining in last place on the table with zero wins.
Despite the loss, the growth in maturity of Davis’ side is something she is incredibly proud of.
“We were really patient in both halves and have come a long way maturity wise in our defending passages of play,” Davis said.
“The team did an amazing job preventing goals in open play. Unfortunately Mid Coast had the experience to hold us out in the second half despite our chances in their box.”
Mid Coast will next take on Adamstown Rosebud at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Saturday night while New Lambton host Newcastle Olympic on Sunday.
NEWCASTLE OLYMPIC 2-3 WARNERS BAY FC
Warners Bay put an end to Newcastle Olympic’s seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon.
Elodie Dagg opened the scoring for the Panthers after four minutes before Tara Andrews made it 2-0 in the 16th minute when she scored a close-range shot after a cross from Lauren Allan.
Olympic missed a golden opportunity to pull a goal back when Jemma House skied a penalty in the 24th minute. Adriana Konjarski made her pay six minutes later, taking her season tally to 34 goals, scoring on the counterattack to make it 3-0 to the visitors.
But despite trailing 3-0 going into the second half, the hosts were far from done. Olympic struck back with two goals in two minutes midway through the second half.
Jemma House scored from the top of the penalty area in the 61st minute before Georgia Little found the back of the net in the 63rd.
But Warners Bay held off the fightback to take the three points and hold on to top spot on the table.
Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins was under no allusion as to how difficult the match against Olympic was going to be and was impressed with his side’s resilience to get the win.
“We knew it was going to be a really intense game and Olympic have a good side, so we had to make sure that we matched it with them early and getting those three goals in the first half was crucial to a good start,” Atkins said.
“We haven’t played a game with that intensity for a few weeks. The girls needed a really good hit out like that but it was fantastic to see them dig in for each other and they really had to battle hard there at times and be desperate in defence.”
With the end of the season fast approaching Atkins has finals on his mind and knows his side will most likely meet Olympic again once the regular season comes to an end.
“I knew this game was going to be a finals-like game with finals-like intensity and I said that to the girls before the game and it didn’t disappoint,” Atkins said.
“Next time we play them we’ll have a look at adjusting a couple of things because I’m sure we’ll meet them in the finals somewhere and we’re looking forward to it.”
Olympic will host Broadmeadow Magic at Darling Street Oval on Wednesday night in their rescheduled round 14 match before taking on struggling New Lambton on Sunday.
Warners Bay will host Adamstown Rosebud in their rescheduled round 14 match on Wedmesday night before their top of the table clash with Broadmeadow on Sunday.
CHARLESTOWN AZZURRI 3-1 ADAMSTOWN ROSEBUD JFC
Charlestown Azzurri came from behind to defeat Adamstown Rosebud 3-1 at Lisle Carr Oval on Sunday.
Kimmy Trappett opened the scoring for the visitors in the fourth minute to put her side on the front foot.
Jess Gentle then got her side their victory with a double, scoring goals in the 12th and 45th minutes. Gentle also created Azzurri’s second in the 18th minute when her effort rebounded off the post back into a Rosebud defender and crossed the line.
The win saw Azzurri move into third place on the competition table, sitting on 29 points.
Charlestown coach Niko Papaspiropoulos knew the importance of the game going in and was proud of his side’s ability to get the win.
“It was obviously an important win and we wanted to get a good result after last week when the game didn’t go the way we would have liked and the girls battled hard to get a result,” Papaspiropoulos said.
Despite a strong first half things went awry for Papaspiropoulos’ side in the second half, putting themselves under pressure.
“The second half admittedly wasn’t pretty and we had to absorb a lot of pressure,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“[Adamstown] came out really strong in the second half but the girls battled hard and weathered a few patches of pressure and that’s why it was important that we took our chances in the first half.”
As the regular season begins to wind down, every point is crucial for teams wanting to play finals and Papaspiropoulos and his squad are fighting hard to keep their top four spot.
“The battle for the top four is very tight as everyone’s well aware and every game is critical to where we finish for the season and whether we play finals football,” Papaspiropoulos said.
Azzurri could end Maitland’s finals hopes when they travel to Cooks Square Park in round 18 on Sunday.
Rosebud will meet Warners Bay on Wednesday night for their rescheduled round 14 match before taking on Mid Coast on Saturday night.