WPL Round 7 v Thornton

May 6th, 2016

Sunday 1st May 2016
Thornton

U14 FMNC 7 def Thornton 1

Playing in the pouring rain tends to slow the game down, FMNC girls adapted well and ended as comfortable winners.

I was impressed with the improved effort this week retaining possession with a more accurate passing game and running off the ball. This week was our first effort reversing the midfield triangle, Jess Henwood showing her experience with a great game in the holding six role. Kayley Roberts, now playing a more attacking midfield role, made the transition well and a great delayed run into the box resulted in our first goal.

Emmeline scored two long-range cracking goals into the top of the net leaving the keeper no chance. Layni came on for the last 10 minutes of the first half and made a run from a defensive position, through the several opposition players and beat the keeper one on one.

Coaches’ award however went to India Dinnan for a superb display in our backline, on multiple occasions she broke down the oppositions attacking moves then calmly playing the ball out of danger. Our keeper, Caitlin also saved the day on multiple occasions, well done for a great team effort.

– Report by Dean Pepper, Coach

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U16 FMNC 1 Thornton 0

On Sunday saw round seven of Women’s Premier League hosted by Thornton.

On a very wet and slippery pitch both teams struggled to gain any dominance, FMNC had a couple of early chances with shots from both Val Bungie-Beard and Abby Whitton narrowly missing.

The game was played in the middle on the two 18 yard boxes for the remainder of the first half without either team creating opportunities and half time seemed to come very quickly with the score 0-0.

In the second half FMNC from the whistle took control of the game and the game was played in Thornton half for most of the second half, good chances from Pepper, Bartley and Whitton late in the half had Thornton sit deep in deference and made it very hard to create chances let alone score.

In the last 10 mins the game opened up and a great run from Whitton saw her taken down in the box for a penalty, Ruby Grass stepped up and made no mistake to give FMNC a 1-0 lead, which ended up the final score.

Although up, happy with the way we played, things were made difficult by the conditions and Thornton parking the bus.

Players Player went to Rubi Grass and coach’s award went to Megan Smith who worked hard all day. Next week we travel to West Wallsend

– Report by Rod Bartley, Coach

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U18 FMNC 1 Thornton 3

The 18s faced Thornton in round 8 at Thornton Park. The team was plagued with injuries and fatigue after many of the team assisted the first grade squad in their catch up against Adamstown on the Saturday.

The girls started the game strong and it was an even match throughout the first half. Eloise Pepper made the stretch to find the end of a well placed cross and got FMNC the equaliser to take the half time score to 1-1.

The muddy centre of the field made it difficult to play fast accurate football through the middle of the park and as the second half wore on the girls showed their fatigue, letting two goals in late in the second half to end the game 3-1.

Player’s player was a 4 way tie between Em Cullen, Ash Chambers, Billie Hughes and Bianca Mason and coach’s award also went to Bianca.

– Report by Jess Bestwick

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1st Grade
FMNC 2 Adamstown 4 – Saturday
FMNC 0 Thornton 4 – Sunday

The game was the second in as many days for Mid North Coast, who put up a gallant fight in a 4-2 loss to unbeaten competition leaders Adamstown at Adamstown Oval in a rescheduled round-five match on Saturday.

Mid North Coast led Rosebud 2-1 at half-time on Saturday after Bianca Mason scored a first-half brace.

But the league pace-setters sealed a come-from-behind win with a strong second-half performance. Rhali Dobson and Olivia Trinka both scored doubles for Adamstown.

Mid North Coast coach Matt Baker said they finished the Adamstown game with just 10 players after Mason was forced from the field with a chronic back ailment.

He also said the game took its toll on his players and that was evident yesterday.

“Three of the four goals came from us,” Baker said of yesterday’s result. “That was tired legs from yesterday, but Thornton deserved the win.”

Baker paid homage to several of his 18s players who stepped up over the weekend, including Michaela Elford, Eloise Pepper and Kaitlin Reeman. “Michaela Elford was absolutely outstanding against Adamstown and played her way into the starting line-up for Thornton and then got players’ player,” Baker said. “There were some big efforts from some young girls over the weekend.”

Baker emphasised this year was going to be more of a “learning year” for his young squad.

Player’s player for Saturday was Bianca Mason and Katie Reeman and Coach’s Award Abby Baker.

Player’s player for Sunday was Micky Elford and coach’s award Maddy Stockham and Abbi Watson.

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