Merewether midfielder Jane McDonald rated Adamstown captain Clare Cummings as Rosebud’s most influential player as they headed into the deciding leg of their Herald Women’s Premier League semi-final at Myamblah Oval on Saturday.
United hold a 2-1 lead in the two-legged tie and McDonald expected their opponents to adopt an attacking mentality as they chase a win at Merewether.
“The pressure is on them a bit to attack which will make for an exciting game,” McDonald said.
“They’re going to have to try to score and if Clare Cummings pushes forward then she is a worry for us. She’s dangerous whenever she goes on the attack.”
Cummings is vital to Adamstown’s defence but can cut a swathe through opposing teams when she charges up field with the ball at her feet.
She can also score from range.
McDonald said the pain of failing to progress to last year’s decider after losing to Warners Bay in the semi-finals still burned strong for the 2015 minor premiers and champions.
“We aren’t yet looking past this game but we definitely want to be in the grand final,” McDonald said. “Adamstown hustled really well last week and won all the 50-50 balls, which put us off a bit, and I think we need to be a bit smarter in the way we play.”
Rosebud coach Lou D’Amico suggested they would attack the game but said “we also need to be careful”.
The first leg was locked at one-all before Grace Macintyre scored from close range in a goalmouth scramble in which Rosebud goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon was knocked unconscious.
Sneddon will miss the game on Saturday through injury and Natalie Wiseman takes her place in goals.
Warners Bay take a 4-2 lead into the second leg of their semi-final with Mid North Coast at John Street Oval on Sunday but player-coach Cassidy Davis said they would approach the game as any other.
“Some might say we’ve got a 4-2 lead and we should sit back and be smart, but I still think we’re going to go for it and try to score more goals,” Davis said.
Both games kick off at 2.15pm.