Merewether coach Cass Koppen was pleased to return from a hit and run mission to Port Macquarie with a 2-1 win over Mid North Coast in the only Herald Women’s Premier League match to go ahead on Sunday.
“They continue to be our bogey team,” Koppen said after United held off sustained pressure from Mid North Coast in the latter stages.
The visitors led 2-0 at the break after captain Lori Depczynski and Sarah Halvorsen both scored.
But the hosts got a goal back through Bianca Mason after good build-up work in the second period when United were reduced to 10 players for 10 minutes. Centre-back Jaimee Ellis was sidelined briefly with an ankle complaint.
“We had three 18s on the bench who had already played full games in the heat and we didn’t really have room to move, so we just wanted to see how Jaimee would be,” Koppen said.
“That was when we conceded, and we got a bit unsettled. But full credit to Mid North Coast, they probably had more chances than us but just didn’t put them away.
“It was probably an even match; it was quite a fast-paced game and no one had a huge amount of time on the ball and that showed in the possession stakes. It was definitely good to get the win up there.”
The games at The Gardens (Wallsend v South Wallsend) and Thornton Park (Thornton v Adamstown) were both postponed.
South Wallsend take on defending champions Warners Bay in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday night.