Victory women break Newcastle
By Chris Dunkerley:
Westfield W-League – Season 8 – 2015/2016 – Round 12
2pm, Sunday 3 January, 2016 – Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow
Newcastle United Jets FC 0
Melbourne Victory FC 1 (Natasha Dowie 13′)
Melbourne Victory’s break away tactics and a class display by Melissa Barbieri broke Newcastle’s hearts with a 0-1 win at Hunter Stadium in the televised game of a double header.
A calm lob over an advancing Hannah Southwell by UK import Natasha Dowie in the 13th minute was enough to provide the 3 points to the bottom side and damage the Jets finals hopes.
The home side put pressure on early with a Gema Simon freekick from the left being met by the mobile but diminutive Rahli Dobson whose header skewed wide on the left in the 5th minute.
Dowie’s goal, against the run of play, changed the game dynamics and forced the Jets to break down an organised defensive structure for Victory.
Chloe Logarzo tried to get one back with a snap shot which was handled well by Victory’s veteran custodian Melissa Barbieri. Two minute later the ball was in the back of Melbourne’s net, through a deflection off the head of a defender over Barbieri but a Jets player was judged to have been offside by her challenge from goalside.
Newcastle continued to press throughout the remainder of the half, through Tara Andrews mainly but the best chance was Chloe Logarzo’s in the 30m when she lifted a free-kick from 30m just under the crossbar and forced Barbieri to palm it over.
The second half was more un-eventful, with both midfields negating each other and defensive lines holding.
As an almost flat Newcastle sought to push for an equaliser, young substitute Sophie Nenadovic managed to pick up two yellow cards in her enthusiasm to make an impact, and Newcastle’s bite was blunted, despite Logarzo battling on.
A late chance to substitute Adriano Taranto forced a tip over by Hannah Southwell, and Megan Oyster blocked a stinging shot from Downie.
A slim chance for Victory to avoid the wooden spoon and Newcastle hang in the finals race by their fingernails.
Newcastle United Jets FC: 1. Hannah Southwell (gk), 3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 4. Megan Oyster, 5. Caprice Dydasco, 6. Cassidy Davis (2. Sophie Nenadovic +80′), 7. Gema Simon (c), 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson (13. Adriana Jones +63′), 12. Chloe Logarzo, 17. Jenna Kingsley (18. Clare Wheeler +63′), 19. Hannah Bromley
Subs not used: 20. Claire Coelho (gk)
Cards: Sophie Nenadovic 83′, 87′ (RC)
Coach: Craig Deans
Melbourne Victory FC: 20. Melissa Barbieri (gk) (c), 2. Alexandra Natoli, 4. Melissa Taranto (26. Cindy Lay +93′), 6. Annabel Martin, 7. Enza Barilla (12. Whitney Knight +83′), 10. Christine Nairn, 11. MelindaJ Barbieri (15. Adriana Taranto +83′), 13. Thea Slatyer, 16. Hayley Raso, 17. Gulcan Koca, 27. Natasha Dowie
Subs not used: 1. Cassandra Dimovski (gk)
Cards: Annabel Martin 43′, Hayley Raso 82′
Assistant Coach: Kat Smith
Referee: Rebecca Durcau;
Assistants: Sarah Ho, Eleanor Hayes; Fourth Official: Kelly Jones
Ratings and points
3. Thea Slatyer (MV)
2. Melissa Barbieri (MV)
1. Chloe Logarzo (NJ)
By Chris Dunkerley