NPL Women’s NNSW Round One Review: Magic score late winner, while Warners Bay secure their first three points since 2022

Match of the Round 
Charlestown Azzurri FC v Maitland FC

The match was postponed due to wet weather. 

Broadmeadow Magic FC 3-2 New Lambton FC

Broadmeadow Magic snatched all three points after scoring a stoppage-time winner to defeat New Lambton 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. 

Magic came out of the gates looking the hungrier of the two sides, creating lots of opportunities early in the match. 

Defender Madi Gallegos thought she had opened the scoring in the 13th minute for Magic when she took a long-range strike from just over halfway, chipping the ball over New Lambton’s goalkeeper Ally Boertje. But the ball failed to dip enough and hit the crossbar. 

Magic was finally able to get onto the scoreboard in the 31st minute through Jannali Hunter. Keziah White hit a free kick from outside the penalty area straight into the path of Boertje who was unable to smother the ball, allowing it to spill out for Jannali Hunter to tap into the back of the net.

Just five minutes later, Broadmeadow extended their lead, with Kobie Ferguson heading a perfectly placed corner kick into the right corner of the goal. 

But New Lambton were to respond in the 41st minute through their experienced attacker Tara Andrews. 

Magic’s captain Kalista Hunter gave away a foul right on top of the penalty area, allowing the Golden Eagles to have a free kick in dangerous territory. Andrews strongly struck the ball straight over the wall of defence and past Magic’s goalkeeper Imogene Tomasone and into the back of the net. 

The momentum continued to shift in New Lambton’s favour, with Nyah Bradley able to pounce on Magic’s mistakes and even the score for her side in the 57th minute. 

Kalista Hunter misplaced a pass straight into the path of Bradley, who was able to drive forward and chip the ball over Tomasone into the goal. 

The two teams continued to have shots, but it was Magic who was able to capitalise in the 92nd minute and snatch the three points from New Lambton in the dying seconds of the match. 

Ferguson chipped a well-placed ball into the path of Mercedes McNabb who was able to slice the ball to Lilly-Jane Babic who made no mistake in striking the ball back across goal and into the back of the net. 

Despite going down in the final minute of the match, New Lambton’s coach Aaron Stedman was pleased with his side’s performance. 

“It was a really good start, I am very happy,” Stedman said. 

“I thought we played with a lot of grit and had good defence. 

“We were a bit disappointed about how it ended in the final 30 seconds of the game but I know the girls will be really happy about how we have started the season.”

Stedman was impressed with how well his young squad held their own against last year’s premier-champions, coming back from 2-0 down to level the score. 

“It was an overall great effort from the team. No one had a bad game.

“To play as well as we did against the champions is really pleasing. 

“We talked about remaining positive no matter what happens, which is one of our core values this year.

“We were 2-0 down and to come back to 2-2 shows that there is that determination amongst the players.” 

The Golden Eagles will now turn their attention to next week’s match against Warners Bay, whilst Magic take on Maitland to open round 2 on Friday night.  

Adamstown Rosebud JFC 0-9 Newcastle Olympic FC

Adamstown has started their season with a horrid defeat going down 0-9 to Newcastle Olympic on Saturday night.

It was a night the young Rosebud squad will be hoping to forget and not repeat this season, being outdone in all areas of the park. 

Olympic came firing out of the gate, opening the scoring in the 40th second of the match.

Rosebud was unable to clear the ball from their defensive line allowing Elodie Dagg to pinch the ball and slice the ball through to Marion Dunbabin who weaved past her defenders and chip the ball into the goal off the post. 

Dunbabin was able to get her second of the night and double the score tally less than 10 minutes later. Jemma House charged down the field and took a strike on goal but it was saved by Rosebud’s goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon. The ball dribbled out into the path of Dunbabin who was able to strike the ball into the empty goal. 

Dagg tripled her side’s lead in the 18th minute after Sophie McDonald tapped the ball to Dagg’s feet, for her to hit the ball into the back of the net. 

House then scored her first of the evening, beating her defenders and slicing the ball narrowly past Sneddon and into the bottom left corner of the goal. 

McDonald switched from provider to goal scorer, tapping the ball in the back of the net in the 30th minute to extend her side’s lead to 5-0 to round out the first half. 

The goals kept coming for Olympic in the second half, with no reply from Adamstown.

House netted her second goal in the 49th minute after Sophie Walmsley slotted the ball through Adamstown's defensive line and into the path of House’s run to beat her defender and Sneddon once again. 

House was able to complete her hat-trick just eight minutes later, with Dunbabin slicing the ball through for House to use her pace and hit the back of the net. 

But Olympic did not take their foot off the gas, with Keira Bainsfair and Walmsley adding to the score tally to take the final score to 9-0. 

It was a celebration all around for Olympic, with House’s hat-trick allowing securing her 100th goal for the club. 

Olympic will shift their attention to next week’s game against Mid Coast, whilst Adamstown will be desperate to bounce back when they take on Charlestown Azzurri.  

Warners Bay FC 8-1 Mid Coast FC

Warners Bay had a dream start to the season after thumping Mid Coast 8-1 on Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers have now already surpassed two milestones compared to last season, after not winning a single match in the 2023 season. They have also overtaken the total number of goals scored last season in just one match, netting 8 against Mid Coast, three more than their combined total last year.

New signings for Warners Bay proved vital, with attacker Emily Diaz scoring four goals and Indianna Asimus and Jennifer Reeves both netting one goal each. 

The Panthers started strongly from the first whistle creating multiple chances early in the first half. 

Asimus opened the scoring for her side in spectacular fashion in the 13th minute, linking up with teammate Diaz to receive the ball well outside the box before striking the ball into the back of the net. 

Diaz turned from provider to goal scorer, netting her first of the afternoon in the 21st minute. Callie Thomas sliced a through ball into the path of Diaz who drove forward past her defenders and Mid Coast’s goalkeeper Grace Davies and tapped the ball into the goal. 

Mid Coast did create a few chances but was unable to challenge Warners Bay’s new shot-stopper Mia Wallace in the first half. 

Reeves put her name on the scoreboard for the Panthers in the 43rd minute with another long-range strike, firing the ball into the back of the next. 

Diaz was able to secure her second goal and extend her side’s lead to 4-0 just before half-time, weaving through defenders to hit the ball low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. 

The goals continued to come for Warners Bay in the second half with Maddison Dunlop hitting the back of the net in the 48th minute. 

Just four minutes later, the Panthers struck again when Callie Thomas got onto the end of a through ball from Diaz to hit the ball between the posts. 

Diaz secured her hat-trick in the 84th minute, beating the line of defence once again and slicing the ball onto the back of the net. 

Mid Coast were able to claw one back, with Evie Gill netting the only goal for her side in the 89th minute. 

But Diaz put the cherry on top for the Panthers netting her fourth and final goal for the day in the 92nd minute to wrap up the match. 

Warners Bay will be hoping to continue their winning form into next week’s match against New Lambton, while Mid Coast will be looking to respond when they take on Newcastle Olympic.