Newcastle go top with hard fought win at home
By Chris Dunkerley:
Westfield W-League – Season 9 – 2016/2017 – Round 3
2:30pm, Sunday 20 November 2016 – Hunter Stadium
Newcastle United Jets FC 1 (48′ pen Jen Hoy)
Perth Glory FC 0
Newcastle Jets boast a slim lead at the top of the Westfield W-League after the weekend, on goal difference thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Perth Glory.
A lone Jen Hoy penalty was enough to separate the sides in front of a 3,650-strong crowd, leaving Newcastle on six points after three rounds.
In the 7th minute jets ‘keeper Kelsey Wys went up to take a loos ball, under pressure from Vanessa DiBarnardo. She landed awkwardly and immediately took off her gloves in a sign she was unable to continue. It has been confirmed since that the American had ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament and would require season-ending surgery in the USA – just three games into her first W-League campaign. Reserve ‘keeper Claire Coelho was called on to replace her in goal.
Both teams showed that they will compete well this season.
Crowd: approx. 3,650
Newcastle United Jets FC: Kelsey Wys (gk), Sophie Nenadovic, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Megan Oyster, Arin Gilliland, Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon (c), Emma Stanbury, Jen Hoy, Jenna Kingsley, Clare Wheeler
Substitutes named – Claire Coelho (rgk), Rhali Dobson, Grace McIntyre, Brooke Miller
Coach: Craig Deans
Perth Glory FC: Melissa Maizels (gk), Sarah Carroll, Kim Carroll, Alyssa Mautz, Patricia Charalambous, Nicole Stanton, Rosie Sutton, Vanessa DiBernardo, Jaymee Gibbons, Sam Kerr, Arianna Romero
Substitutes named – Gabrielle Dal Busco (rgk), Shawm Billam, Caitlin Doeglas, Natasha Rigby
Cards: Yellow – Nicole Stanton 71’
Coach: Bobby Despotovski
Ratings and points
Referee: 7/10 Lara Lee
Assistant Referee 1: Avrol Beecham; Assistant Referee 2: Ellie Hayes; Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies