Wallsend have kicked their Women’s Premier League campaign off on the right foot with a blistering 6-nil win over the returning Thornton Redbacks on Sunday afternoon.
Playing out the six-goal rout at The Gardens, the Red Devils faced sweltering conditions as they combined for a “solid team performance” to knock Thornton into the loser’s circle.
It was a memorable win for the club on a personal level as well, as club captain Sophie Phillips recorded her 100th appearance in the red and white of Wallsend.
Wallsend’s head coach Brad Jones said he was proud of the girl’s for their dominant victory, despite having to slog through “pretty hot and tiring conditions” to score the three points.
“Whilst we’re not the finished product yet, the girls played really well and I was really happy with them,” Jones told Northern NSW Football after the win.
“I actually think it was a really good team performance. There wasn’t really one player that stood out, they actually gelled and played some good football at times. It was just a solid team performance.”
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Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, New Lambton knocked off defending champions Merewether United in a 4-2 battle at Myamblah Oval.
The home side struggled to find their rhythm early in the game, with Lauren Allen and Alison Logue both netting netting early, before W-League striker Tara Andrews beat United’s defence to slice home a third for the travelling squad.
Nicki Jones put Merewether on the scoresheet to offer a glimmer of hope for the 2018 champions, and Rhali Dobson put the standings at 3-2 after a moment of brilliance down the wing created her solo goal just ahead of the break.
It wasn’t to be for Merewether however, as Allan and Andrews combining for a fourth in the 75th minute of the match.
Also on Sunday, South Wallsend defeated Football Mid North Coast 5-nil, while Adamstown scored just one against Warners Bay as the home side smashed nine past the Rosebuds at John Street Oval to round out the weekend.
STANDINGS: Warners Bay, Wallsend, South Wallsend, New Lambton (3), Merewether, Mid North Coast, Thornton, Adamstown (0).
- Images from the Wallsend v Thornton game were provided by Valentine Sports Photography. For more photos from that game head to facebook.com/valentinesportsphotography.
- Images from the Merewether v New Lambton game were provided by Hunter Sports Photography. For more photos from that game head to huntersportsphoto.zenfolio.com.