DANGEROUS: Jenna Kingsley, in action during last year’s grand final, scored four goals on Sunday as Warners Bay trounced Thornton 7-1. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIt may only be early days but already the race for theHerald Women’s Premier League minor premiership is shaping up as another two-horse race.
Last year’s grand final combatants Merewether and Warners Bay both completed three games in eight days with six-goal wins in round four on Sunday.
Last year’s WPL leading scorer Jenna Kingsley scored four goals as Warners Bay beat Thornton 7-1 at Thornton Park, four days after her Jets teammate Cassidy Davis had scored five goals in an 8-2 win over New Lambton.
Warners Bay led 6-0 at the break and Davis, Sophie Stapleford and Tara Pender also chimed in with goals while Kirstie Power-Walford was the lone scorer for the Redbacks.
The goals were shared around in United’s convincing6-0 win over an under-strength South Wallsendat Walker Fields. Jamee Ellis produced a match double and Tamara Nash, Sarah Hartree, Leah Giuffre and Nikki Jones all scored.
They were without key players Grace Macintyre, who sustained a season-ending knee injury against Adamstown on Thursday night, and RhaliDobson, whois overseas this month.
“A lot of players are getting on the scoresheet which is pleasing and showing our versatility,” United coach Cass Koppen said.
Wallsend recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Adamstown at Adamstown Oval despite finishing the game with 10 players.
Jess Evans was sent off around the 75th minute for two yellow card offences and will miss their rescheduled fixture with Thornton at Wallsend Oval on Wednesday night.
Rosebud led 1-0 after Olivia Trinka scored inside the first five minutes of the match. But Wallsend hit straight back through Libby Copus-Brown from a free kick.
Laura Hall also scored before half-time then Sass Seaborn found the back of the net in the game’s dying stages.
Red Devils coach Marc Hingston praised the character of his side and felt they would do some damage if they performed for 90 minutes theway they did in patches on Sunday.
Herald WPL Round 4 results:
Merewether 6 (Jamee Ellis 2, Tamara Nash, Sarah Hartree (pen), Leah Giuffre, Nikki Jones) defeated South Wallsend 0 at Walker Fields. Half-time: Merewether led 3-0.
Wallsend3 (Libby Copus-Brown, Laura Hall, Sass Seaborn) defeated Adamstown 0 at Adamstown Oval. Half-time: Wallsend led 2-1.
Warners Bay 7 (Jenna Kingsley 4, Tara Pender, Sophie Stapleford, Cassidy Davis) defeatedThornton 1 (Kirstie Power-Walford) at Thornton Park. Half-time: Warners Bay led 6-0.
New Lambton had the bye.
Points: Warners Bay 10, Merewether 9, Adamstown 4, New Lambton 4, Wallsend 4, Thornton 0, South Wallsend 0.