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Perth Glory FC v Newcastle Jets FC
Round 10 – 7pm (AEDT), 4pm (Local Time)
Monday 2nd January at Dorrien Gardens, Perth
Overall Head to Head:
Newcastle Jets FC 3
Adelaide United FC 8
2016/17 – Round 3: Newcastle Jets 1 (Hoy (p) 48’) Perth Glory 0 at McDonald Jones Stadium. Attendance 3,650. Referee: Lara Lee
Where they sit on the Ladder:
Perth Glory FC 3rd (16pts)
Newcastle Jets FC 7th (8pts)
Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):
Perth – Won City 3-2 (a), Won Adelaide 4-1 (a), Won Sydney 1-0 (h)
Jets – Drew Adelaide 2-2 (a), Lost Wanderers 1-2 (h), Drew Victory 1-1 (h)
Facing their third match in just eight days the Jets Women don’t have much going in their favour with a trip to Perth to face the third-placed Glory Women. Since the two sides met in round three Perth haven’t lost a match, showing imperious form, while the Jets have fallen down the ladder.
Newcastle are in desperate need of a win after a disappointing last three matches. There were plenty of positives to take out of the Jets 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sydney FC in round five, as they headed into the Christmas period where they would play the bottom three sides.
Craig Deans told the Newcastle Herald he wanted nine points from the matches against Melbourne Victory, Western Sydney and Adelaide, instead the Jets have gained just two and in the process their finals hopes are all but dashed. If there is to be any glimmer of finals hope left for the Jets, it rests in tomorrow’s matchup with Perth. A loss, and mathematically a first finals appearance since season one becomes almost impossible.
The Jets need to bring the defensive toughness they showed last time out against the Glory if they are to put up a fight in the West. They kept Westfield W-League leading scorer Sam Kerr quiet that afternoon and reaped the rewards, but, since round three they have now conceded 12 goals in five matches. Last season it was the attack which was the Jets’ Achilles’ Heel but in 2016/17 it is their backline which has been the major problem.
To put it in perspective the Jets have scored just as many goals as first placed Sydney FC and have the third best attack in the league. In comparison, defensively they rank sixth and Craig Deans will want to rediscover the magic last season where they conceded just 12 goals in 12 matches.
Defence will be tough against a red-hot Glory side who have won four straight since they had the bye in round four. On the way, they have scored 10 and conceded just three with Sam Kerr, Rosie Sutton and Vanessa DiBernardo all clicking together in the front third for Perth and finding the back of the net in the process.
In Kerr, an Australia International who has already scored eight times for her country, Sutton, a striker who has impressed lately in the Westfield W-League with nine goals in her last 18 matches, and DiBernardo a former member of the US u/17, u/20 and u/23 National sides, the Glory have a trio which could well form the best attack in the competition by season’s end.
This match will be the 15th meeting between the two sides with Perth dominating the head to head record with eight victories to three. Perth though haven’t won against the Jets since November 2014 with the round three defeat in Newcastle and a 0-0 draw in 2015.
Key: Their third match in eight days will be tough for the Jets, especially with the final leg in the heat of Perth. How well they cope with the heavy schedule will have a huge bearing on how this one plays out.