Panthers keen to stay atop Herald Women's Premier League

GOALS: Jenna Kingsley scored for Warners Bay in their 1-0 win over South Wallsend on Thursday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
GOALS: Jenna Kingsley scored for Warners Bay in their 1-0 win over South Wallsend on Thursday night. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis said there remained plenty to work on out of their 1-0 midweek win over South Wallsend but felt the performance proved a confidence boost for the defending Herald Women’s Premier League champions.

The rescheduled round-four match was played at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Thursday night and Davis said the smooth surface was conducive to the fluidity of their attacking combinations.

“I thought we played really well … and now I think the girls realise they can play football, that they can do things that they haven’t been able to this season,” Davis said.

The win put the Panthers on level terms with unbeaten Merewether at the top of the league ladder but Davis said finishing needed to be better and they must show more urgency in defence if they want to continue to be one of the competition pace-setters.

They host Mid North Coast at John Street Oval in round-seven action on Sunday.

“Scoring goals is one thing,” Davis said. “We created a lot of chances [against South Wallsend] but only finished the one.

“Imo [Imogene Tomasone] is a good keeper and everyone knows that she can stop anything that comes at her, so we need to be better in front of goal.

“We also need to make sure that we don’t let Soph [Sophie Jones] and Shannon [Day] turn and run on the ball, because they’re dangerous with the ball at their feet.

“And we need to be a bit tighter at the back. We’re still working on attacking the ball and not letting their striker come off and receive the ball and turn and run.”

Merewether travel to Thornton to take on the winless Redbacks. The match is the first of three in eight days for United, who are still without key midfielder Jane McDonald through unavailability and suspended goalkeeper Alison Logue. They do however welcome back W-League striker Rhali Dobson, who missed the past couple of matches as she was overseas.

Adamstown play their first game in three weeks when they take on Wallsend at The Gardens.

It is the first of three matches in seven days for Rosebud, who play Merewether in a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday night.

All games kick off on Sunday at 2.15pm.