WPL: South Wallsend out for redemption in rematch against Merewether

South Wallsend captain Laura Byrnes described the Wolves’ opening round performance in the Herald Women’s Premier League as “a shaky start” and was looking forward to showing how far they had come since the 6-0 loss to Merewether when they host the unbeaten leaders on Sunday.
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South Wallsend skipper Laura Byrnes.

“We had a lot of new players and we were a little bit overwhelmed,” Byrnes said.

But the former n schoolgirl, who is a Merewether junior,believes it will be a much tighter contest this weekend.

South Wallsend have shown improvement in every outing since and produced their best performance of the season in their last hit-out. They went down1-0 to defending champions Warners Bay but Byrnes said “we showed a lot of character”.

Their biggest enemy so far this season has been the weather. The Wolves have played just four of their matches as the competition heads into round eight.

“It’s been disappointing that we haven’t been able to get any momentum,” Byrnes said.

“I feel like that first game was a bit of a write-off. We’ll still be aware of it and will definitely respect Merewether but we are looking forward to it.

“It will be a good indication of how far we have come since that first round.”

South Wallsend will be without midfielder Erin Wilson, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, but coach Gary Wilson said former W-League player Stacey Day “is getting closer to a starting spot”.

Merewether travel to Walker Fields after disposing of Adamstown 6-0 in a rescheduled match on Wednesday night in a performancecoach Cassie Koppen described as “probably the best I have seen us play since I have been coaching at Merewether”.

Unitedwill be missinggoalkeeper Alison Logue, Grace Macintyre, Rebekah Stuart and Sarah Halvorsen through unavailability.

Warners Bay player-coach Cassidy Davis wants to see tighter defence when they play Rosebud at Adamstown Oval on Saturday.

Adamstown coach Ben Herron is calling for “consistency”, describing his side’s performances so far as “Jeckyll and Hyde”.

Mid North Coast and Thornton will both be desperate for points when they meet at Thornton Park in the other match on Sunday.

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