Women's Premier League: Cassidy Davis double guides Warners Bay to back-to-back premierships | photos

Warners Bay's player-coach Cassidy Davis showed her talents as she guided the club to a back-to-back premiership.
Warners Bay's player-coach Cassidy Davis showed her talents as she guided the club to a back-to-back premiership.

Cassidy Davis scored twice in Warners Bay’s 4-0 victory over Wallsend at John Street Oval, confirming the club’s back-to-back premierships in the Women’s Premier League.

The win on Sunday afternoon puts beyond doubt the race between Merewether and the Panthers, with both clubs having just one game left to play before the competition breaks into play-off mode.

It was Gabby Deacon and Davis’ first that put Warners Bay ahead in the opening half, and Davis’ cross in the second half also led to an own goal for the last-placed Wallsend side.

Davis netted her second late to blow out the scoreline as the Newcastle Jets defend successfully guided her squad to a title defence in the regular season.

Now, her team’s focus will turn to the elimination rounds that loom on the horizon for the WPL, with another chance for silverware up for grabs.

“It’s a good feeling and the girls are really proud of themselves,” Davis told Fairfax Media.

“We’ve fought hard all year for this and it’s a great achievement for the club and great for all the younger teams in the club looking up to all the first-grade players.

“Now we’ll work on what we need to over the next couple of weeks and prepare for finals. Whoever we play it’s going to be difficult because in the finals series anything can happen and it’s happened to us before, so we need to be ready.”

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Elsewhere on the weekend, Merewether kept in the race for second place despite losing goalkeeper Alison Logue to an injury in the lead-up to the match.

Rhali Dobson opened the scoring for Merewether, before Georgia Thomson levelled for New Lambton at Alder Park.

Leah Giuffre took control of the match from there, netting once in each half to secure the 3-1 victory for United.

New Lambton also lost key forward Tara Andrews early on to injury, dampening their goalscoring chances as the Round 19 clash carried on.

Merewether coach Cass Koppen was pleased with her sides performance considering they lost shot-stopper Alison Logue in the warm up and were still without key players.

“I know both teams had a number of starting players out, but we knew it was going to be a challenge,” Koppen said.

“I was really happy with how well we adapted to our squad changes and obviously losing Alison wasn’t ideal, but credit to our U/17’s keeper Taylah Gray who made her 1st Grade debut and played the second half for us.”

Under 20s results

  • Merewether 1 beat New Lambton 0
  • Wallsend 3 beat Warners Bay 0
  • Mid North Coast 2 drew Adamstown 2
  • Thornton 5 beat South Wallsend 0

Under 17s results

  • New Lambton 2 beat Merewether 1
  • Wallsend 3 beat Warners Bay 1
  • Mid North Coast 2 beat Adamstown 1
  • Thornton 6 beat South Wallsend 0

Under 14s results

  • Merewether 3 beat New Lambton 0
  • Warners Bay 3 beat Wallsend 0
  • Mid North Coast 2 beat Adamstown 1
  • Thornton 2 beat South Wallsend 0