FOOTBALL Mid North Coast have secured a place in the top four finals series for all three grades of the Herald Women’s Premier League. In a strong season for the squads, the U20s and U17s both finished fourth while the U14s were runaway undefeated premiers.
All teams will travel to Elermore Vale for the first leg of the semi finals at Walker Field this Sunday. Then next Sunday August 19 they will contest the second leg at John Street in Warners Bay. The two legged series will decide who competes in the WPL Grand Finals.
In the U20s match FMNC take on Premiers Merewether United FC. Little separated the teams in the three regular season matches. The last meeting at Myamblah Oval in round 15 resulted in a 1-0 win to Merewether. The round eight encounter also at Myamblah Oval was a 1-1 draw and back in round one Merewether came away with a 1-0 victory at the Zone field in Taree.
The U17s FMNC side take on Wallsend FC who recorded an amazing 21 wins from 21 games for the season. Scoring 105 goals and conceding just nine saw them finish 18 points clear of second place Thornton Redbacks. The FMNC side proved hard to beat more often than not in their matches and will be hoping for a strong showing in the first leg against Wallsend. The sides met recently in round 20 at Wayne Richards Park in Port Macquarie with Wallsend coming away with a tight 1-0 victory. Earlier in the season at Wallsend Park in round three FC defeated FMNC 3-0 and in round six at Omaru Park in Taree, Wallsend took the victory 3-1.
The FMNC U14s team had a brilliant regular season with 20 wins and one loss from their 21 matches. Scoring an amazing 115 goals and conceding 12, FMNC finished 19 points clear of second placed Merewether United FC. Wallsend who finished fourth won 11 of their 21 matches and are capable of causing the FMNC side some trouble. In round 20 recently, FMNC came away with a 4-0 win at Wayne Richards Park in Port Macquarie. The two earlier season matches were hard fought with FMNC winning 2-1 at Wallsend Park in round 13 and 4-3 in round six at Taree.