Jets fly home with 3 plus 4

By Chris Dunkerley:

Westfield Women’s National Football League – Round 4
2:30pm, Sunday 5 October 2014 – Adelaide Shores Football Centre

Adelaide United FC 0
lost to
Newcastle Jets FC 4 (Tori Huster 28′, Emily van Egmond 45′, Rahli Dobson 47′, 74′)

Newcastle Jets women defeated Adelaide United and will fly home from Adelaide with 3 points, and 4 goals difference in their tally. Their second win of the season puts them back in the pack.

John Aloisi’s lady reds needed to gain some points, and gave a better account of themselves that the scoreline may suggest; though even with a blinder from Melissa Barbieri in goal they could not stem the well organised passing game of the Novocastrian side.

The danger became apparent in the 11th minute when a cross from the left found Tara Andrews in the swirling wind and Barbieri had real problems dealing with it at her first attempt.

Adelaide was making it hard, getting in behind the Jets defence on a number of occasions in the first half but unable to capitalise.

Newcastle countered, with Angela Salem drawing a save out of Barbieri in the 22nd minute and then Emily van Egmond requiring the keeper to get down to protect her left upright.

It was no surprise when Tara Andrews weighted a pass for Tori Huster, and she slotted it past Barbieri in the 28th minute. 0-1

Adelaide had a chance in the 38th minute when  Lisa-Marie Woods shot at the Newcastle goal but the visiting ‘keeper Claire Coelho was able to save.

44mins and Rahli Dobson was played in, and under pressure from Katie Holtham she drew yet another save from Barbieri.

One minute later Rahli Dobson used her lightning speed to good effect to out pace her maker, and turning in toward goal she deftly slipped the ball to a waiting Emily van Egmond.  The Jets skipper slammed the goal home.  0-2

It wasn’t long in the second half before the visitors extended their lead. Two minutes in fact, when Rahli Dobson moved onto a bad backpass, and slipped the ball past Barbieri. 0-3

The lady reds struggled to get back into the game, prompted by the experienced captain Kristy Moore. In the 65th she hit a free kick just over the crossbar, and 5 mins later shot just wide.

It was however to be the smooth flowing visitors to score next. This time Rahli Dobson was ready when a corner from the right rebounded out to her. Her volley was perfect and never deviated from its course. 0-4

Neither team dropped their tempo despite the warmth and scoreline – and it was all action right to stoppage time.

Match details:
Crowd: tba

Adelaide United FC:  1. Melissa Barbieri (gk),    2. Monique Iannella,   6. Dylan Holmes (4. Lauren Steer +53′),     7. Katrine Pedersen,     8. Emily Condon,     9. Lisa-Marie Woods ( 12. Daila-Tais Borg +59′),  11. Isabel Hodgson (14. Rachel Alonso +66′),     15. Jenna McCormick,      16. Katie Holtham,     17. Tiarn Powell,   23. Kristy Moore (c)
Substitutes not used:     20. Sarah Willacy  (rgk)

Yellow Cards:   Melissa Barbieri 86′, Jenna McCormick 90′
Coach:   Ross Aloisi

Newcastle Jets FC:  20. Claire Coelho (gk),  2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale (15. Libby Copus-Brown,  +78′),  3. Hayley Crawford,          4. Ashley Spina (16. Cassidy Davis +14′),    5. Katherine Reynolds,    6. Angela Salem,   7. Tori Huster,   8. Amber Neilson,    9. Tara Andrews,   10. Emily van Egmond (c),    11. Rhali Dobson (18. Clare Wheeler +86′)
Substitutes not used:   21. Renee Rudder  (rgk)

Yellow Cards:  Nil
Coach: Peter McGuinness

Ratings and points:
Referee:   Kelly Jones 8/10
Assistants: Maddison Kennedy, Kyle Bartlett; 4th Official – Matthew Cream
Ground:   FIFA 2 Star synthetic turf
Game:   7/10
Players to note:   3. Rahli Dobson (NJ), 2. Melissa Barbieri (AU), 3. Emily van Egmond (NJ)

By Chris Dunkerley