The Redbacks were left beaming at Thornton Park last Sunday afternoon, after beating close table-rivals Football Mid North Coast 3-0 in their first win of the Women’s Premier League season.
Thornton came out “fiery” from the start of the clash, dominating play in the opening half against their ladder rivals. Redbacks striker Kirstie Power-Walford was a star at home, grabbing the only goal of the first half to put Thornton’s noses ahead.
“It was a great result for her last game with us,” home-side coach Alan Primmer said. “Kirstie managed to score two cracking goals for us, and it’s great to see she’ll be leaving Thornton Park on such a good note.”
Mid North Coast didn’t let their lagging first half rattle them, however, as the side came out with a lifted intensity in an attempt to reclaim the match. Unfortunately, coach Mick Grass said, an unexpected call from the officials waved a penalty in Thornton’s favour, and Ainsley Childs tucked the opportunity away.
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“In the first half our effort wasn’t really there, and we were outplayed,” Mid North Coast’s coach said. “In the end we came back to the game with a better effort in the second half.At the point they were given a penalty it was right against the run of play, we were right on top at that point and it really killed the game as a contest.”
Fierce pressure from both sides continued through the second period, but Power was able to sneak a final goal for the Redbacks right ahead of the full-time whistle.
“We got a lucky penalty and put that away, and you could see a little bit went out of Middies’ tail,” Primmer said. “Overall it was a good win for the girls, and it feels good to celebrate. That said, we’ll start right up against on Wednesday night.”
Also on Sunday afternoon, South Wallsend went head-to-head against Warners Bay to level the ladder after their 2-1 victory against the Panthers. Both teams now sit on 24 points, with the Wolves claiming the win after coming back from a one-goal deficit at John Street Oval.
Merewether secured a win away from home, defeating local rivals Adamstown 6-nil thanks to star winger Rhali Dobson slotting four for the Llamas, while New Lambton remained on top of the WPL standings after a 5-1 comeback against Wallsend at The Gardens. The Eagles retained their win-streak after coming back from one goal down at half time.
TABLE: New Lambton (30), Warners Bay (24), South Wallsend (24), Mereweather (21), Wallsend (15), Football Mid North Coast (6), Thornton (3), Adamstown (3).