Match of the Round
Maitland FC 7-5 Adamstown Rosebud JFC
You did not have to look far for tantalising end to end football on the ANZAC Day long weekend with Maitland and Adamstown playing out a spectacle for the ages at Cooks Square Park on Sunday.
At one stage Maitland held a 4-0 lead over the visiting Rosebud only for Adamstown to level the score. But Maitland rallied to win 7-5 with the final result explained by Magpies coach Dave Walker to be a sign of his side’s composure.
“It was an entertaining match. I thought we started strong and we were able to really dominate that first half an hour,” Walker said.
“I have known Ryan [Campbell, Adamstown coach] and know he has set a tone with Adamstown that they bring 100 per cent for 90 minutes and will press and pressure and fight.
“The resilience shown by the group again shows that they are prepared to step up and fight and earn the results however they need to.”
In the end Maitland prevailed under pressure with the visitors unable to control the ball in possession as the match drew closer to a completion. Maitland achieved the result minus the services of Imogene Tomasone, Sophie Stapleford and Ainsley Childs.
“It is easier to be a chasing team than it is a leading team. I was impressed by our girls’ resilience and composure to regain control of the game,” Walker said.
Both coaches lacked words to describe the match post game, with the end-to-end play and 12 goals a highlight for the round.
Broadmeadow Magic 10-0 New Lambton FC
Broadmeadow Magic extended its goal difference lead on second-placed Maitland with a thumping win over New Lambton on Friday night.
Five Magic players shared in the spoils as the side rocketed home 10 goals to leave the Eagles with plenty to reflect on heading into round six.
“I though New Lambton did a good job of being organised defensively in the first half,” Magic coach Jake Curley said.
“At half-time we spoke about certain things to do and the girls did a good job executing what we spoke about.”
Chelsea Lucas and Jordan Evans added three goals each to their season tally, while Lucy Kell scored two. Kalista Hunter and Maddie Dean added the side’s final two goals.
“I think for us there is always room for improvement,” Curley said.
“We’ve had some really good passages of play then at other times we should be better. It’s just about consistency for us.”
Magic head north to face Mid Coast next weekend who will head into the match without having played a game in three weeks after their round five match against Newcastle Olympic was postponed.
“It’s important for us just to focus on one game at a time. Our focus at training this week will be about how we can try and create chances against Middies who are always well organised,” Curley said.
It was hardly the result New Lambton coach MacKenzie Davis was after given the side’s disappointing previous form.
The Eagles looked a chance of an upset early before conceding three goals to end the first half. The second was a far uglier affair however with seven goals as Magic’s experience shown through.
“Back to the training pitch we go to work harder, to get fitter and stronger, so we come back next weekend with more resolve,” Davis said.
Charlestown Azzurri 1-6 Warners Bay FC
The experience of Warners Bay shone through at Lisle Carr Oval on Saturday as the Panthers completed a classy 6-1 win over fifth-placed Charlestown Azzurri.
“We have just gone back to the training ground. Everything that came off in the game on the weekend was the result of working hard at training,” Warners Bay coach Craig Atkins said.
Atkins’ off-season recruitment drive is delivering fruit for the Panthers with Tara Andrews, Lauren Allan and Cass Davis all finding their groove.
“With the new girls into the squad you have got to build combinations and get an understanding of how everyone plays,” Atkins said.
“I think it is very early days for us. There is significant room for improvement.”
Warners Bay play Maitland at home next weekend before a clash with Adamstown in round seven.
“Our focus is around delivering a 90-minute performance every week. We were a little bit slow to get into the game so that will be a focus,” Atkins said.
Charlestown went into the match boosted by the late inclusion of Jess Gentle, with Courtney Anderson ruled out less than 24 hours before kick-off. Gentle’s inclusion was not enough to inspire the Azzurri side who suffered critical lapses at home.
“There was two two-minute periods in both halves where Warners Bay scored two goals. We made some mistakes in those periods where Warners Bay have those players who can punish you,” Azzurri coach Niko Papaspiropoulos said.
“A side that is clinical like that you can’t make those mistakes.”
Azzurri were in the contest early with the scoreboard locked at 1-all, but could not sustain it when it counted most.
“Early in the game when it was in the balance, we had moments where we probably could have given ourselves a bit of a cushion,” Papaspiropoulos said.
“[Warners Bay] capitalised on two errors we made and gained a bit of momentum and controlled a portion of the game. By the time we got control and started to create chances it was too late.”
It was not all bad news from Papaspiropoulos’ perspective who thought his side found form outside of its short lapses.
“In the second half we made a few changes and changed our shape and played well,” he said.
“We created a fair few chances and could have had a few goals. It was good to see we were able to create opportunities. Unfortunately we had those lapses that really hurt us.”