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.

Match details   
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

Cards:   Nil
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

Ground:  9/10
Game:  7/10