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Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets were forced to settle for an equal share of the points in a 2-2 draw at Elite Systems Football Centre on Thursday night.
Goals from Adriana Jones and Alex Chidiac were not enough to hold on for a win, as Jenna Kingsley netted a brace to equalise against the hosts twice.
Adelaide United started the brighter of the two sides, and looked the more hungry for the three points and their first win of their Westfield W-League season. The Jets targeted Sofia Huerta as she made runs down the centre and right wing of the park.
Adelaide captain, Stella Rigon, fired one such free kick towards goal, which was thumped away by Katelyn Rowland. After a close second free kick and Racheal Quigley almost getting on the end of a Jones cross, the Jets had their first chance of the game through Gema Simon, but proved no danger for Eliza Campbell.
It took 13 minutes for the home side to lead through Jones, slotting her shot past Rowland after an expert assist by Rigon. Jones netted her fourth goal this campaign for Adelaide United, and against her former club.
Chidiac looked to double her side’s lead, but was thwarted by a steady Rowland. Although Newcastle did not rest, and equalised through Kingsley in the 22nd minute. A flurry of chances for the hosts were not enough to regain the lead before the break.
The second half produced a battle, with both sides endlessly fighting for a lead, with Adelaide looking certain to take away the three points, as Chidiac made her way past the Jets defence with a thunderous finish.
In Jets style, they fought back with their own chances and were awarded a penalty after a push by Adelaide keeper, Eliza Campbell. Kingsley scored her brace and levelled the scoreline for a second time.
In a tantalising finale, both Adelaide and Newcastle were unable to a secure a victory after more opportunities and were left to settle for a point each.
Newcastle Jets coach, Craig Deans, believed the girls showed some encouraging signs throughout the game but had unfortunately fell short, once again.
“We played reasonably well in most patches of the game; we created enough chances to win the game but we fell short again but there was some encouraging signs,” Deans said.
“The younger players stepped up with their performances, which was good to see.”
“It was also good to see Jenna score two goals as she has worked very hard all year.”
In regards to Perth Deans believes the team will have to be even more switched on, even though in their previous match they defeated the Glory at home 1-0.
“Obviously for Perth we want to win the game and keep ourselves in the chance of getting into the finals but to do that we have got to defend a lot better than we did against Adelaide as a team – especially against Perth who have won their last 4 games and they have got Sam Kerr up front.”
“We have to be more switched on to keep that side under control.”
The game will be played on Monday in Perth whilst Adelaide United visit reigning champions Melbourne City on the same day.