Alison Logue’s heroic efforts at Magic Park have lifted Merewether into the Women’s Premier League top spot, and dropped Broadmeadow to third, as the Llamas’ unbeatable shot-stopper put up yet another immense performance in Round 11.
United’s general-between-the-sticks has long been considered one of the best ‘keepers in the Hunter league, and she reminded the competition why on Sunday afternoon.
Magic have heaped the pain on the competition before and after 2020’s surprise restart. In the opening ten rounds, they — led by Lucy Jerram (nine in 10) and Maddy Dean (7 in 10) — have scored 38 goals. Only Olympic (46) have scored more.
Logue was having none of that on Sunday afternoon. Not only did she keep golden boot contenders Jerram and Dean quiet, but she also waved away a dot shot mid-way through the contest in what coach Scott Ellis told NNSWF was an “incredible” performance.
Her shining match laid the foundations for Merewether’s forwards to head out and take all three points at the other end. Lori Depczynski and Tamara Nash were the scorers.
Nash’s goal opened proceedings, after knocking home an on-the-toe cross from Llamas talisman Rhali Dobson. Depczynski found the second after a scrappy contest close to the home side’s goal early in the second half to double Merewether’s lead.
The 2–0 win lifts Merewether into the top spot on 26 points, ahead of Broadmeadow and Olympic (both 25). United also boast a delayed game in hand — to be played against Mid Coast next weekend — over their premiership rivals.
Mid Coast will come into that September 12 meeting red-hot, however. The northern club has made it two-from-two since surviving new COVID-19 restrictions in a mid-week scare ahead of their Round 9 clash with Warners Bay.
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Last round, the Middies handed Thornton a three-goal loss on the road, and now the squad has moved into fifth with another 3–0 win, this time against New Lambton.
The scoreless defeat comes at the end of a rough eight-day period for the defending champions. The Eagles were clobbered by Broadmeadow, before parting ways with 2020 coach Brad Jones early in the week. Cas Wright has stepped in as interim coach.
Elsewhere in Round 11, Olympic stayed within a single point of the top spot, though with a game less, after a 2–1 victory against the Rosebud at Adamstown Oval. Warners Bay also bounced back from their tenth-round loss, downing Thornton by nine goals.
STANDINGS: Merewether (26), Olympic, Broadmeadow (25), Warners Bay (18), Mid Coast (15), Adamstown (13), New Lambton (4), Thornton (0).