WPL Round 10 v Wallsend

May 20th, 2016

Sunday 15th May 2016
Taree Zone Field

FMNC U/14’s 4 def Wallsend 0

This match was closer than the score-line revealed, a much-improved Wallsend pushed FMNC till the full time whistle.

The girls played good football, spending most of the game in the oppositions half. Unfortunately we did not latch onto the crosses, thus missing a few goals we could have had. This is something we will work on at training.

We were in the lead only 1-0 when in the second half Wallsend had a run-a-way chance, the goal denied in a 1-on-1 situation by our keeper Caitlin, this turned the game for us, we then powered home with three quick goals.

One of these was a brilliant touch then strong curling left-footer by Nelly. Jess Henwood received coaches’ award for a great game, she was focused during the warm-up and carried this onto the field, the results showing.

Great effort for Macey to play in the unfamiliar role of 5, we all thought she did a great job.

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U16s FMNC Vs Wallsend

Sunday saw round ten of Women’s Premier League, FMNC  hosted Wallsend FC at the Taree Zone Field.

The game started slowly for FMNC with Wallsend really putting it to us early with strong challenges and trying to gain that early dominance.

But it wasn’t long before FMNC took control of the game and never looked back, a double to Abby Whitton, a tap in from Rhianna Thompson  saw FMNC lead 3 nil after 20 mins.

FMNC continued to push the ball around the park and create opportunities both sides of the field, great combination play from Kiara Bartley and Lauren Brown seen Thompson again into space to get her second, 4-0 halftime.

The second half was much the same, FMNC continued dominance with the ball and Wallsend had no answer, goals to Tahlia Holborow, Thompson and Brown lifted the score 7-0, Wallsend to their credit never stopped trying and scored a late goal to make the final score 8-1 to FMNC.

Coaches were happy with the improved effort today, the last few weeks has been tough with injuries and players unavailable, our back 4 were good today, they made quick decisions which allowed us to look forward.

Coach’s award went to Megan Smith who again worked hard all day, Georgia Creswick and Lauren Brown were also great, again thankyou to the u14s that backed up they all contributed to the win.

Next week we have a very welcomed bye.

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FMNC U18’s 4 def Wallsend 3

Taking on the competition leaders is never easy, to come away with a win is a great result. The girls played during the heat of the day, by the end there were 22 players on the field struggling to continue.

Kiah returned to the 18’s and found inspiration to control the midfield well, with two great strikes on goal. The Wallsend keeper pulled off some terrific saves otherwise we could have had more goals, with Molly earning players award for her front running from the left side constantly threatening the opposition.

The most impressive aspect was the entire team pushing their bodies to the limit, with great communication and desperate defense denying Wallsend the chance to level the scores.

Thanks again to the U16 girls for helping – Abby, Meagan and Lauren all contributed to our win.

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1st Grade

Wallsend 9 defeated Mid North Coast 0
at Taree Zone Field.
Half-time: Wallsend led 5-0.

Wallsend put four points between themselves and third-placed Merewether with a 9-0 drubbing of Mid North Coast at Taree Zone Field yesterday.

Red Devils captain Keely Gawthrop, Briony Halcombe, Shannon Day and Libby Copus-Brown all scored doubles and Jenna Kingsley also got on the scoresheet.

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston rued his side’s lack of consistency in the lead-up to this game but said at half-time yesterday he felt like he had nothing left to do as a coach but watch.

“We played really well and one of the most pleasing things was that Jenna Kingsley was not the only goalscorer,” Hingston said. “Some of the combination play was really good and I feel like we have turned a corner today, putting two good performances together for the first time and I feel like we have a bit of momentum now.”

Hingston was full of praise for Keely Gawthrop and Briony Halcombe, saying, “the leadership of those players today was awesome”. “They really led by example,” he said. “Keely showed the form she was in last season and Briony showed the form of when she was at her peak in the WPL, they were outstanding.”

Mid North Coast Matt Baker conceded Wallsend were “fantastic” and said he thought they would win the competition if they played that way every week. “I thought they were good when we played them last time and they beat us six-nil, but they were phenomenal today,” Baker said. “The way they move players off the ball and the speed of play, they were outstanding.”

The hosts lost Jannah Gillet just half an hour before kick-off due to sickness and Brooke Summers looks to have succumbed to a serious foot injury.

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