Mid Coast coach Michael Grass was far from happy with the performance but gladly took the three points by beating New Lambton 1-0 in what he described as "a game we had to win" on Sunday.
Neither side had registered a win ahead of the Newcastle Herald Women's Premier League round-five clash in Taree. Mid Coast went into the encounter in seventh position with just one point on the board and the Eagles last and pointless.
But points were not the only thing on the line. Both were playing to restore some pride after Mid Coast lost 6-0 to second-placed Olympic and New Lambton went down 7-0 to unbeaten leaders Broadmeadow in their previous outings.
Evie Bobilak scored for the hosts around the 35-minute mark. The win propelled Mid Coast to four points and into fifth position.
"At times it was tight but we probably should've won by five or six in the end," Grass said post-match on Sunday.
"We just need to be a lot more ruthless in front of goal. I was disappointed with our finishing and disappointed with our composure at times. We just rushed and panicked a bit. But we'll take the win."
The match was only the third for Mid Coast, who have had two games postponed. Training has also been disrupted after Mid North Coast floods in March put sporting fields out of action.
"We hardly got on a field for weeks and weeks," Grass said. "We did a lot of beach sessions. We got onto the local hockey fields when we could, which was only about three times, and we found it really difficult to get any kind of training on a field over a course of probably four weeks.
"If someone had said you'll get a 1-0 win today, I probably would've taken it just to get the three points on the board and move forward. This was a game we had to win to be able to keep ourselves in the competition, so I'm pretty happy with the result. Not as happy with the execution of the day."
Warners Bay improved to nine points and third place when they came from behind to beat Charlestown Azzurri 2-1 at Lisle Carr Oval on Saturday.
Azzurri captain Nicki Jones showed her class to score with a long-range shot midway through the half before Mattiese Loretan produced the equaliser with what coach Craig Atkins described as "a bomb" of her own to have the sides on level terms going to the break.
Alannah Russell scored the winner with around 15 minutes remaining when she volleyed into the net.
Azzurri went into the match without several first-grade players due to injury and unavailability and without a coach after Michael Lee told the club he would have to step away from the position due to illness in the family.
Senior player Lori Depczynski, who has been sidelined with a knee complaint, took charge for the match.
"Mick has become unavailable," Depczynski said.
"As soon as we got that news, there were so many people at the club who put their hands up to say they were willing to help out, so credit to Charlestown.
"Mick has wished us all the best. It's unfortunate he can't stay with us and we're really grateful for what he's done for us so far."
Magic captain Kalista Hunter scored off a corner in their 1-0 win over Adamstown at Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility on Saturday night. Rosebud finished the game with 10 players after goalkeeper Olivia Sneddon was red-carded around the 65th minute for a professional foul on striker Ash Brodigan as the last line of defence. Jemma House score a hat-trick as Olympic beat Maitland 4-0 at Cooks Square Park on Friday night.
Points: Broadmeadow 15, Olympic 12, Warners Bay 9, Adamstown 7, Mid Coast 4, Azzurri 3, Maitland 3, Eagles 0.
Round five results:
Newcastle Olympic 4 (Jemma House 3, Laura Hall) beat Maitland 0 at Cooks Square Park on Friday night. Half-time: Olympic led 1-0
Warners Bay 2 (Mattiese Loretan, Alannah Russell) beat Charlestown Azzurri 1 (Nicki Jones) at Lisle Carr Oval on Saturday, Half-time: 1-1
Broadmeadow 1 (Kalista Hunter) beat Adamstown 0 at Lake Macquarie Football Facility on Saturday night. Half-time: 0-0.
Mid Coast 1 (Evie Bobilak) beat New Lambton 0 in Taree on Sunday. Half-time: Mid Coast led 1-0.
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