Warners Bay deliver competition heavyweights, Maitland, their first loss of season 2022

May 2nd, 2022

 Jack Antcliff

 Sproule Sports Focus

Match of the Round
Warners Bay FC 3 defeat Maitland FC 0

Warners Bay delivered competition heavyweights, Maitland, their first loss of season 2022 on Saturday night with a 3-nil spectacle at John Street Oval.

Panthers coach Craig Atkins described the match as a being “high in intensity,” with the long serving mentor noting when his side “clicked”, it became “pretty football to watch.”

“To walk away with a 3-nil result was outstanding. Our back four were fantastic against their front three,” Atkins said.

“It was always going to be a tough game in the middle of the park. When it wasn’t happening for us, the girls battled really hard but then we adjusted a few things at half time.”

It was not all smooth sailing for the home side who struggled to find rhythm early.

“Up until we scored the first goal, our execution was letting us down a little bit in regard to our passing and simple things that were not happening,” Atkins said.

“Once we got that first goal I thought we started increasing the tempo, and our passes started hitting the mark again.”

The Magpies delivered a tough task for the hotly favourited Panthers, who on paper boast one of the most impressive lineups in the competition’s history.

“We knew Maitland would come at us quite hard and there top three like to take you on one v one… I thought the girls adapted really well to that and held them out really nicely,” Atkins said.

“I thought it was quite a dominant second half by the girls.”

Meanwhile, Maitland coach Dave Walker noted his disappointment following the loss, which saw the Magpies drop from equal top spot on the table.

“We just did not take our chances in front of goal when we had them. We had plenty of attack and plenty of the ball in the first half,” he said.

Finding the back of the net had not proved a challenge for Maitland till now, with the visitors recording 19 goals in season 2022.

“Scoring goals has not been a major problem for us. I think from the approach to the game, the players were disciplined, I thought they executed quite well,” Walker said.

“I don’t think there is too much momentum lost or confidence lost. I think the girls know they played well. Saturday was just a bump in the road.”

Mid Coast 0 defeated by Broadmeadow Magic 6

A trip north to Taree did little to distract the competition leaders, Broadmeadow Magic, who cruised past the seventh placed Mid Coast on Saturday night.

Broadmeadow coach Jake Curley described the performance as being stronger in the second half thanks to a series of strategic changes at the break.

“I thought the first half we were not at our best with a lot of turn overs… I thought the shape of Middies was effective,” he said.

“Half-time we made some structural changes, and I thought the second half we were good.”

Both Kalista and Jannali Hunter drew strong praise from Curley, who noted the side’s ability to deliver when composed in possession.

“Probably the biggest takeaway is when we play with composure we are very effective at creating chances,” he said.

At the other end, Mid Coast coach Mick Grass was quick to admit his side had been simply outplayed by a “really good team”.

“They have high quality players across the park and in the end, they comprehensively outplayed us,” Grass said.

“They probably got a performance from us that was indicative of the preparation we have had.”

Middies held their own in the opening stages, though lapses in concentration allowed the visitors to claim the lead. One they never looked like relinquishing.

“As happens often with us, we hit a flat spot where we just stop competing… Down 3-nil at half time, it is difficult to get back into a game against a team like Broadmeadow,” Grass said.

The Mid Coast mentor will be hoping for better fortunes next weekend when the club battles Charlestown Azzurri. He believes if the side can stick to process they are a better chance of results on match day.

“We played some really nice football. We stuck to how we wanted to play… It is when we go away from our process and our plan that we lose touch with the opposition,” Grass said.

“There is a way we are trying to play, and I am asking the girls to play but there are a lot of habits that are engrained in the players that are contradictory to that.

“When players fall back into old habits, we tend to stop competing as much.

Newcastle Olympic 4 defeated Adamstown Rosebud 1

Newcastle Olympic claimed an important three points with a convincing win  against the struggling Adamstown Rosebud.

Keea Parrish impressed with a double, while Georgia Amess and Georgia both netted. Their handy work puts Olympic in fourth place, six-points behind third placed Maitland FC With a game in hand, due to wet weather, Olympic have a unique opportunity to close the gap on the top three.

The win was just the second of season 2022 for Olympic, who a fortnight ago hammered New Lambton 16-1. Coach Paul DeVitis will be hopeful the strong showing against Rosebud can continue into the next stint of the competition.

Adamstown did their best to return fire against Olympic, with fan favourite Brianna Trappett scoring a crafty goal in the second half to provide some hope for the Buds. Her efforts proved in vain however, as Olympic reclaimed control to settle the match.

Rosebud finds themselves fifth after six rounds with two wins and two losses.. They are the only team to played all their scheduled fixtures amongst several washouts impacting other clubs.

The road ahead doesn’t get any easier either, with next week’s clash against Warners Bay expected to be an action-packed classic. Rosebud plays Broadmeadow the following week, before a trip to Alder Park to play New Lambton.

“Sunday’s game was one of those where the result wasn’t what we wanted and a game of two very different halves,” a post on Rosebud Facebook page said.

“Unfortunately, there was no fairy tale come back and we settled for a 4-1 loss.”

The match between New Lambton and Charlestown Azzurri was washed out.

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