Western Sydney snatch game from Newcastle

By Corinthian (Paul Green):
Westfield Women’s League – Season 8 – 2015/2016 – Round 4
2:15pm, Saturday 7th November 2015 – Wanderers Oval (Magic Park), Broadmeadow

Newcastle United Jets FC 1 (Jenna Kingsley 3′)
lost to
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 2 (Chloe O’Brien 57′, Carmelina Moscato 90’+2)

Newcastle Jets and their loyal band of fans at  Magic Park, Broadmeadow, last Saturday afternoon, probably thought they had things well under control against the visiting Western Sydney Wanderers, having dominated the first-half against a hitherto winless opponent.

The Jets were well on top, after breaching the Wanderers’ defence as early as the third minute, the second time in as many games that young Wanderers’ keeper, Jada Mathyssen-Whyman, needed to pick the ball out of the net in the opening minutes, having seen Sydney FC do much the same thing the previous weekend at Parramatta Stadium.

Wanderers’ coach, Norm Boardman, had handed the 16 year-old her debut on that earlier occasion and he kept faith with her after a polished performance for the remainder of that game.

Here it was a similar story as she played a key part in her team’s come-from-behind win against the Jets, who went to the break a goal up and were obviously looking to rattle in a few more goals in the second-half.

The Wanderers came back strongly, however, as the coach looked to extract the most from his charges, making two substitutions, which could have fine-tuned things and given the team more forward momentum.

They’d looked full of energy, with players like Michelle Carney and Linda O’Neill always eager to go on the attack, while the constant probing from central midfielder and skipper, Keelin Winters, was an important factor in the side’s second-half revival.

Rachael Soutar was always adventurous on the flank, but perhaps it was the constant vigilance of defender, Carmelina Moscato and screening midfielder, Chloe O’Brien, who played the biggest roles in keeping the Jets at bay and then going up to score a vital goal apiece, the winner itself coming deep into stoppage-time before the Jets could plug the gap.

All of the first-half belonged to the home team, who surged ahead after a solid run down the left from Rhali Dobson, whose cross was met at the far post by the late-arriving Jenna Kingsley, with a bullet-like header to open the scoring.

Newcastle were playing at home, but the usual crowd of Jets’ supporters was swollen by the presence of many from the Wanderers, who were there from the start and grew in numbers as the game wore on, with the A League game nearby kicking off three hours later.

Before the Jets took the lead, they’d already gone close in the opening moments through Tara Andrews, who dragged her shot wide of the right-hand upright, from ten yards out.

It was a tale of missed chances after that, for the home side, during the opening period and they would regret that, as the second-half became much more evenly contested.

While the Jets continued to look competitive, the Wanderers had most of the answers over the remaining 45 minutes and they managed to draw level in the 57th.

That equaliser came after a corner on the left sent over by Winters, who was bossing the centre of the park for much of the time and ultimately it was her flag-kick not only here, but also from another replica right at the death, that sealed the Jets’ fate.

She swung this one over high to the far post and after the Jets’ failed to deal with it, the defenders desperately scrambling to clear their lines, the ball was finally put away by O’Brien, who deserved no less than a goal to her name, having been a tower of strength protecting her backline throughout the game.

Two missed late second half chances for the Jets, both involving Dobson, who looked very sharp on this occasion, let the Wanderers remain in the game and towards the end it appeared that the visitors would take at least a point from the encounter and deservedly so.

Having a great, yet fruitless, chance in the 72nd, when Winters put Beard through to go one-on-one with the keeper, who made a great save, it looked like a point would be the extent of their reward on this occasion.

But as the two minutes of stoppage-time rapidly ebbed away, the Wanderers earned another corner on the left.

Alarm bells should have rung out,  but somehow the Jets could not clear their lines a second time when the ball again came high to the far post.

It was less of a scrimmage this time, as the ball fell at the feet of defender Moscato, ten yards out, and she lashed it into the net to seal the three valuable points.

Match details

Crowd:  1,724

Newcastle United Jets FC:  1. Hannah Southwell (gk); 7 Gema Simon (c), 19 Hannah Bromley, 4 Megan Oyster, 3 Georgia Yeoman-Dale; 5 Caprice Dydasco, 6 Cassidy Davis (18 Claire Wheeler 90+2); 10 Rhali Dobson, 12 Chloe Logarzo  (8 Kobie Ferguson 90+2), 17 Jenna Kingsley (2 Sophie Nenadovic 61); 9 Tara Andrews
Subs not used: RGK 20 Claire Coelho

Yellow cards: Hannah Bromley 78; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Craig Deans

Western Sydney Wanderers:  20. Jada Mathyssen-Whyman (gk); 7 Helen Petinos (Alix Roberts 90+2), 3 Carmelina Moscato, 15 Ellie Carpenter, 6 Rachael Soutar; 4 Chloe O’Brien, 11 Keelin Winters (C), 16 Linda O’Neill (9 Elizabeth Grey 54);  8 Erica Halloway (18 Tara Pender 83), 10 Michelle Carney, 12 Hannah Beard
Subs Not Used:  1. Teagan Micah (rgk)

Yellow cards: Hannah Beard 35, Keelin Winters 64; Red cards: Nil
Coach: Norm Boardman

Points and ratings

Player points:
3. Chloe O’Brien (WSW)
2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale (NUJ)
1. Keelin Winters (WSW)

Match 8/10
Pitch 8/10

Referee: Kelly Jones 7/10
Assistants: Eleanor Hayes and Lily David; Fourth Official: Alex Merkel