City end Jets W-League dream
By Chris Dunkerley:
Westfield W-League – Season 9 – 2016/2017 – Round 14
5:20pm, Friday 27 January, 2017 – Coffs Harbour International Stadium
Newcastle United Jets FC 0
Melbourne City FC 2 (Erika Tymrak 56′, Amy Jackson 90’+3)
A finals spot was set for Melbourne City FC as Newcastle United Jets fell to two second half goals in Round 14 action in Coffs Harbour.
In front of a double header W-League bumper crowd of 3,570 the first half was a typical finals like game with neither side wanting to open up too much and take risks.
After City started on the front foot, it wasn’t until the 22nd minute that a chance arose for the home side. A snap shot from last week’s heroine Arin Gilliland went wide at an acute angle close in.
Jessica Fishlock’s weak header on a nice curling cross from Steph Catley wasn’t going to worry Jet’s US sourced keeper Katelyn Rowland in the 35th minute.
In the second half Newcastle, knowing it was they who needed to make the play, went more into attack – but it was City who took the lead in the 56th minute.
After a 50-50 aerial clash between Cassidy Davis and Teigen Allen, the ball deflected into the path of Erika Tymrak who went one on one with Katelyn Rowland. The Jets’ goalkeeper was drawn off of her line with Tymrak calmly slotting the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Jets tried to get themselves back into the game; with the best chance falling to substitute speedster Rhali Dobson. Arin Gilliland chipped the ball over the Melbourne City’s defence and Dobson raced onto the pass going one on one with Lydia Williams, but the strike from distance went wide of the left upright.
Melbourne put the game to bed in stoppage time, when a 93rd minute pass from outside the area came for substitute Amy Jackson. Striking the ball hiegh, Rowland seemed to have control of the ball, however it slipped through the hands of the Newcastle keeper and into the net.
After a topsy turvy W-League season it had been coming down to this final round 14 to decide the last finalist. The equation was simple for reigning Premiers Melbourne City, sitting perhaps unexpectedly in fourth. That was – avoid defeat against the resurgence Jets, who sat only two points behind in fifth place – and finals qualification was signed, sealed and delivered.
Newcastle wanted to get a finals spot for the first time since season 1, and do it on NNSW’s North Coast Football turf. Their horror travel from Newcastle, when weather prevented them landing and they had to return and come up by road, would not have helped. Granted City only travelled up that morning.
As it turns out the Newcastle based side will have to wait another year for finals action with Melbourne City regaining momentum with two consecutive wins, sealing the fourth finals spot.
Crowd: 3,570 official
Newcastle United Jets FC: 1. Katelyn ROWLAND (gk), 4. Megan OYSTER, 5. Arin GILLILAND, 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 7. Gema SIMON (c), 9. Jennifer HOY, 13. Grace MACINTYRE (2. Sophie NENADOVIC +73′), 15. Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN (19. Ashlee BRODIGAN +46′) , 16. Liana DANASKOS (10. Rhali DOBSON +60′), 17. Jenna KINGSLEY, 18. Clare WHEELER
Substitutes not used – 20. Claire COELHO (rgk)
Cards: Yellow – Clare Wheeler 78′
Coach: Craig Deans
Melbourne City FC: 1. Lydia WILLIAMS (gk), 2. Teigen ALLEN (19. Tyla-Jay VLAJNIC +88′), 3. Lauren BARNES, 5. Laura ALLEWAY, 6. Aivi LUIK, 7. Steph CATLEY (C), 10. Jessica FISHLOCK, 11. Erika TYMRAK (15. Amy JACKSON +76′), 16. Beverly YANEZ, 17. Marianna TABAIN (14. Melina AYRES +89′), 13. Rebekah STOTT
Substitutes not used – 20. Emily SHIELDS (rgk),
Cards: Yellow – Tyla-Jay Vlajnic 90’+4
Coach: Patrick Kisnorbo for Jessica Fishlock
Ratings and points
Referee: Kate Jacewicz 8/10
Assistant Referee 1: Laura Moya, Assistant Referee 2: Avrol Beecham; Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies