Three goals in a decisive three minutes straight after half-time proved the difference as New Lambton came from behind to down Adamstown 5-3 in the only Herald Women’s Premier League match to go ahead on Sunday.
The game was moved to Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility at Speers Point while the clash between Wallsend and South Wallsend at The Gardens was called off.
Adamstown led 2-1 at the break but within 10 minutes of the second half the Eagles had soared to a 5-2 advantage.
In an arm wrestle of a first half, Olivia Trinka opened the scoring for Rosebud before Stacey Day equalised with a long-range free kick. Lauren Allan scored an opportunistic goal five minutes before the break to again give Adamstown the ascendancy.
But by the end of the 48th minute, Tara Andrews had produced a double and Georgia Amess had also found the back of the net in what Adamstown coach Paul Devitis described as “three minutes which determined the outcome of the game”.
Lisa Cochrane extended the Eagles’ lead when she scored off a corner around the 55th minute. Maggie Quinn’s goal with 20 minutes remaining gave Rosebud momentum but they could not find another.
Eagles coach Keelan Hamilton said it was “a big three points” as the win propelled them to 18 points to further consolidate third place.
“We spoke at half-time about being composed and making sure we stick in the game, and about being a bit more effective in our passing,” Hamilton said.
“We did that and had a really good spell where we played some really good football and passed it around well.
“We’ve got to be a bit more disciplined defensively and need to be smarter in how to control games when we’re in front but, overall, I thought we played some really good football, and we scored five goals.”
The win pushed New Lambton 11 points clear of fourth-placed Wallsend and 12 ahead of South Wallsend, fifth.
The Wolves have two catch-up fixtures to play as the competition enters its final round. They are scheduled to play Adamstown at Walker Fields on Wednesday night.
Merewether and Warners Bay, who both had the bye over the weekend, are set to meet in a top-of-the-table clash at John Street Oval, also on Wednesday.
Round 14: New Lambton 5 (Tara Andrews 2, Stacey Day, Georgia Amess, Lisa Cochrane) defeated Adamstown 3 (Olivia Trinka, Lauren Allan, Maggie Quinn).
Points: Warners Bay 22, Merewether 20, New Lambton 18, Wallsend 7, South Wallsend 6, Adamstown 4.