More Goalfesting in Newcastle

By Chris Dunkerley:

W-League Season 6 – 2013/2014  – Round 7

2pm Saturday 4 January, 2014 – Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

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Newcastle Jets FC 2
(Tara Andrews 74’ (Pen), Rahli Dobson 76’)
lost to
Brisbane Roar FC 6
(Vedrana Popovic 17’, Emily Gielnik 19’, 32’, Tameka Butt 51’, Clare Polkinghorne 62’ (Pen), Hayley Raso 90’)

Brisbane Roar FC put six goals into the Newcastle net in an eight goal-fest at Wanderers Oval in Newcastle this afternoon.

Coming into the game in 3rd position of the ladder and with Sydney FC ready to jump up, the Roar ladies needed a solid win; and that was delivered, with two quick goals from Vedrana Popovic and Emily Gielnik denting any early hope by the young Jets for an upset.

Newcastle had not defeated Brisbane at home, ever – the only win being 3-2 away in season 4.

With the Jets sitting last on the table, without a point, it may have been seen as a walkover by the visiting side packed with internationals. Despite the early scoreline it was not certain, as the Jets fought back, until Hayley Russo iced the cake in the last minute of normal time.

Veteran international signing Ciara McCormack (Ireland) as well as local youngster Sophie Nenadovic on the bench was some good news for Jets coach Peter McGuinness.

Strong early pressure by the Roar was relieved when the Jets won a corner in the 8th minute but could not convert it to a goal. The threats across the park to the Newcastle side was epitomised by Tameka Butt’s run one minute later that took a first class interception by Siahn Bozanic to force her to shoot early and across goal.

Jets should have opened the scoring in the 12th minute after a cross from Hannah Beard found Rhali Dobson, but her shot was sent over the crossbar.

In the 19th minute however Vedrana Popovic slotted home the ball past Stacey Day on the goal-line after Jets ‘keeper Claire Coelho, in her first start, swatted away a shot by Elise Kellond-Knight but it rebounded into space. 0-1

Brisbane doubled their lead less than two minutes later after Popovic was allowed space down the right and her cross found and equally free Emily Gielnik in the area, and she placed her shot past Claire Coelho. 0-2

The pace and guile of Rahli Dobson was always testing for the Roar defence, but with the visitors experienced midfield domination possession and play, the home side looked stymied.

In the 32nd minute, after Gielnik was put through, she was one on one with the advancing Coelho and lobbed her to make it 3-0 heading into the half-time break. 0-3

Peter McGuiness rung in the changes at half-time, not only changing the shape but pairing Sophie Nenadovic and Ciara McCormack very successfully into central defence, allowing Hannah Brewer to push forward.

Newcastle looked in better control of their destiny after the break, but Brisbane just needed to adjust. It went to 0-4 in the 52nd minute via Tameka Butt who headed home from 10m, from a deflected cross that evaded Coelho.

Tameka Butt was judged to have been brought down inside the area by Jets substitute Sophie Nenadovic, and Clare Polkinghorne’s successful penalty shot in the 62nd made it 0-5.

The Jets put pressure on their opposing midfield and tried to weave their way through the middle, and Rahli Dabson was rewarded in the 73rd minute as she was brought down in the area by Roar defender Laura Alleway. Jet’s Tara Andrews converted from the spot to make it 1-5.

Two minutes later it was 2-5. Dobson was put through one on one with Kate Stewart and chipped the Roar custodian.

It was a false hope for the home fans, as Roar substitute Hayley Raso sealed the three points for the Roar in the 90th minute with a chip over Coelho after beating off-side.

Brisbane move to 2nd overnight, while Newcastle remain defiant but rooted to the bottom of the table and host Sydney FC next weekend. Brisbane entertain Perth Glory at home.

Match details
Crowd: about 450

Newcastle Jets FC: 20. Claire Coelho (gk) 2. Hannah Brewer, 3. Stacey Day (14. Sophie Nenadovic +46’), 4. Siahn Bozanic (5. Ciara McCormack +46’), 6. Ashley Spina, 7. Gema Simon (c), 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson, 12. Hannah Beard, 13. Jasmin Courtenay, (16. Cassidy Davis +81’), 17. Lauren Brown
Substitutes not used: 1. Eliza Campbell (rgk)

Cards: Sophie Nenadovic 60’

Coach: Peter McGuinness

Brisbane Roar FC: 20. Kate Stewart (gk), 2. Laura Alleway, 4. Clare Polkinghorne (c), 5. Brooke Spence, 7. Kim Carroll, 8. Elise Kellond-Knight, 10. Katrina-Lee Gorry (9. Larissa Crummer +71’), 11. Vedrana Popovic, 13. Tameka Butt, 14. Natasha Wheeler (17. Hayley Raso +54’), 17. Emily Gielnik (6. Joanne Burgess +46’)
Substitutes not used: 1. Nadine Angerer (gk)

Cards: Nil

Coach: Belinda Wilson

Ratings

Referee: Kelly Jones 8/10
Assistant Referee 1: Tanya De Boer, Assistant Referee 2: Eleanor Hayes; Fourth Official: Kirralee Andruschak

Pitch: 8/10
Game: 8/10

Players to note: Newcastle –  Claire Coelho, Rahli Dobson, Ciara McCormack; Brisbane – Clare Polkinghorne, Elise Kellond-Knight, Vedrana Popovic

By Chris Dunkerley

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