Women’s Premier League – Match Reports Sun 13th March 2016

March 15th, 2016

Match Report
Sunday 13th March 2016
FMNC 12 def Thornton 0

The 14’s had a comfortable win today with the most impressive aspect being that we played good team football.

The tendency in this situation is to play poorly whilst everyone tries to “get a goal”, the girls did not do this, rather they maintained a disciplined approach.

This week we finished our chances up front with great supportive runs through the middle to be in position to receive the wide ball. Mona Walker earned the coaches award for being in a great position to finish. Our first goal was simply a case of the 9 pressing the first receiver from a goal-kick.
I am particularly pleased to see much of what we learn at practice on display during the match. It was good to hear our keeper Caitlin calling instructions to the defensive players.

An excellent all-round team football display this week.

– Report by Dean Pepper, Coach

Photos by Dave Evans Photography

EmmelinePepper130316 Emmeline Pepper

Football Mid North Coast’s Women’s Premier League teams are sponsored by John Patrick Isuzu Ute


Match Report
Sunday 13th March 2016
FMNC 3 Thornton Redbacks 1

Sunday saw round one of the Women’s Premier League hosted by Football Mid North Coast at Taree Zone field.

After playing Thornton in preseason trial games FMNC knew what to expect, the red backs are big and strong and play very direction football.

The game started at a frantic pace with both sides trying to get early dominance and that saw Thornton straight onto the attack with a though ball narrowly missing the back on the net.

From that point FMNC knew they needed to switch on and play simple football, maintain possession and that they did, they played very patient football and moved the ball from one side of the park to the other, and ball movement was too quick for Thornton who started to make defence mistakes.

FMNC dominated the midfield through plenty of talk from Captain Kiara Bartley and Maddie Owen who controlled every play, Ruby Grass and Meagan Smith where fantastic at the back and gave us a structure and a great platform to build on when playing out.

After a number of chances down both sides of field from Rhianna Thompson and Val Bungie-Beard saw FMNC’s first goal from a killer pass from Ruby Grass to Jenna Doyle at the striker who dropped the ball off to Abby Whitton who passed a great weighted ball to Bungie who then beat 2 players including the keeper to score – 1 nil FMNC.

Should have been 2-0 shortly after with a great hit from Thompson only to hit the post, Thornton started to open up and it wasn’t too long before FMNC scored their second through great combination play from Bungie and Doyle to see Thompson with a tap in on the far post, half time 2-0 FMNC.

FMNC raids continued in the second half without success and that allowed Thornton back into the game, Thornton were camped in FMNCs half for 10 mins and some great defending from Grass, Smith and Georgia Creswick and a couple of great saves from keeper Sharia Lawrence kept them from scoring. Thornton were awarded a corner kick and from that came the red backs first goal, 2-1 FMNC.

That was the wake-up call that FMNC needed, they went back to what was successful in the first half and not too long after, a great movement down the left hand side from Thompson with a ball to Doyle who made no mistake to seal victory 3-1.

Players Player was Abby Whitton and Coaches award went to Jenna Doyle.

Next week FMNC take on last year’s premiers South Wallsend in Wauchope.

– Report by Rod Bartley, Coach

Photos by Dave Evans Photography

MaddiOwen130316Maddi Owen


ShariLawrence130316Shari Lawrence


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Football Mid North Coast’s Women’s Premier League teams are sponsored by John Patrick Isuzu Ute


Match Report
Sunday 13th March 2016
FMNC 5 Thornton 3

Thornton v FMNC WPL 18s got off to a great start for the season with a hard fought win over Thornton Redbacks FC.

It was cat and mouse all game, they scored we scored, we scored, they scored until late in the game where FMNC got a two goal advantage and that’s where it finished 5-3 our way.

The game was played in 30 degree heat and both teams struggled at times though neither team was willing to give in.

A special thanks to two of our under 16s players that sat on the bench for us, Madeline Owen & Melissa Martin, they both played their parts when asked to go back out in that heat after playing 70 minutes in their game. Bianca Mason was a clear stand out up front for us scoring all 5 goals and pushing for a 1st grade position, let’s hope we see her at training soon.

Player’s player and coaches award went to Ashleigh Chambers, playing our number 10 her work rate was great and it was her fantastic chase deep in our defence late in the game that saw her win the ball back, carry the ball back towards half way playing a well weighted pass through for Bianca to run onto and seal the game for us. It’s that type of determination that can change a game.

Training this week will see a continued focus on the teams fitness and communication. Well done guys on a great start.

– Report by Coach, Matt Baker

Photos by Dave Evans Photography

BiancaMason130316Bianca Mason


EmilyNewett130316Emily Newett


EmillieCullen130316Emillie Cullen

Football Mid North Coast’s Women’s Premier League teams are sponsored by John Patrick Isuzu Ute


Match Report
Sunday 13th March 2016
1st Grade
FMNC 1 Thornton 3
(Thornton: Naomi Abbott 3, FMNC: Maddison Stockham 1)
at Taree Zone Fields. Half-time: 0-0.

Naomi Abbott bagged a hat-trick as Thornton overpowered Mid North Coast in sweltering conditions in Taree yesterday which forced the game to be played in quarters.

Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker, who lost several key players for this season and will rely on youth and enthusiasm to get through, acknowledged Abbott was a class above yesterday.

“Naomi was definitely the big difference between the two sides today,” Baker said. “Physicality is probably going to kill us this season. I have said to the girls that we have got to be fitter, faster and play the ball quicker than everyone else in the competition if we are going to be competitive.”

He praised the efforts of Jannah Gillett, who marked Abbott yesterday, as well as Billie Hughes and said new recruit Caitlin Fisher looked promising.

Abbott made the most of a poor back-pass early in the second half to put Thornton 1-0 up then added another goal not long later when she rolled the Mid North Coast defence and fired the ball into the back of the net.

Maddison Stockham put Mid North Coast back in the game with a goal heading to the third break but Abbott put the game to bed by completing her hat-trick in the final quarter with a well-taken free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box.

Thornton coach Alan Primmer was happy to take the three points from their first outing. “We showed some good signs in trials and the win was a good start for the girls,” Primmer said.

“We were definitely very good for 60-80 minutes. There was a little period where we were 2-0 up and we allowed them into the game a bit. Their goal was a little wake-up call that we need to be staying switched on.

Photos by Dave Evans Photography

JannahGillett130316Jannah Gillett


SamBestwick130316Sam Bestwick


JessSanderson130316Jess Sanderson


BillieHughes130316Billie Hughes

Football Mid North Coast’s Women’s Premier League teams are sponsored by John Patrick Isuzu Ute

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