WPL: South Wallsend take first points of Herald Women’s Premier League with 8-0 win over Thorton

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INJURED: South Wallsend captain Maddy Searl boosted the Wolves on return on Saturday but was forced from the field with a knee complaint. Picture: Simone De Peak
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It was in sensational style when South Wallsend finally kickstarted their season on Saturday, but injury to captain Maddy Searl cast a shadow over an 8-0 win against Thornton.

The Wolves got off the mark in round five of the Herald Women’s Premier League but are now waiting to see the extent of Searl’s knee injury, which forced her from the field in her first appearance this year.

South Wallsend coach Brad Parkes said the return of Searl and Erin Wilson from suspension was evident as the Wolves went on a goalscoring rampage, led by Maryjane Mason’s hat-trick heroics.

Gabby Brodie and Alesha Clifford both scored doubles and Wilson also found the back of the net.

“It was good.The girls all clicked and obviously having most of them available meant we had the experience on the park, which we have been lacking a bit,” Parkes said.

Newcomers New Lambton bounced back from an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Warners Bay by coming from behind to draw 1-1 with defending champions Merewether at Alder Park on Sunday.

United led 1-0 at the break after Jamee Ellis scored off a long-range free kick. Jets player TaraAndrews levelled the score with 20 minutes remaining.

New Lambton coach Keelan Hamilton described it as“a massive effort” from his side, who have now taken points in three of their first four matches.

“I thought we were far the better side today,” Hamilton said.

“In the end we had three 15-year-olds, three 18-year-olds and one 19-year-old out there. It was a super effort and I’m super proud.”

United have lostGrace Macintyre for the season and were without key players Rhali Dobson and Leah Giuffre against the Eagles.

“Considering the players we had out, I thought we did well,” United coach Cass Koppen said.

“We know when our full team is on deck we can play much better.”

They will still be without some firepower when theytake on ladder leaders Warners Bay in a grand final rematch in round six.

Nadja Squires and Jenna Kingsley both scored twice as Warners Bay also came from behind to beat Wallsend 4-2 at Wallsend Oval on Sunday.

It was the third game in eight days for the Red Devils, who looked strong early but tired in the latter stages of the match.

Wallsend took a 1-0 lead when Libby Copus-Brown scored from the penalty spot.

Warners Bay captain Nadja Squires levelled the score with a long-range free kick before former teammate Sass Seaborn again gave the home side lead.

Jets player Jenna Kingsley scored to lock the game at 2-2 at the break then Kingsley and Squires both scored again in the second half.

“In the first half they put up a good fight and there was a lot of energy coming from them,” Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis said.

“In the last 20 minutes we showed a bit more energy going forward with our forward runs and options, but it was a hard game.”

Wallsend coach Marc Hingston said the third game in eight days took its toll but was impressed with the football played.

“I thought in the first half our girls were absolutely outstanding and I couldn’t fault them …it was great for our girls, we stood up to the benchmark of the competition and will take a lot out of that performance,” he said.

Results Round 5:

South Wallsend 8 (Maryjane Mason 3, Alesha Clifford 2, Gabby Brodie 2, Erin Wilson) beat Thornton 0 at Thornton Park.

New Lambton 1 (Tara Andrews) drew with Merewether 1 (Jamee Ellis) at Alder Park.

Warners Bay 4 (Nadja Squires 2, Jenna Kingsley 2) defeated Wallsend 2 (Libby Copus-Brown, Sass Seaborn).

Points: Warners Bay 13, Merewether 10, Wallsend 7, New Lambton 5, Adamstown 4, South Wallsend 3, Thornton 0.

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