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Saturday, 24 October 2015 – PG News (via Michael Washbourne)
Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory each claimed a point after playing out a 0-0 draw in an entertaining Westfield W-League match at Ashfield Sports Park on Saturday.
Both teams were missing key players, including Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord for Glory and Tara Andrews and Georgia Youman Dale for the Jets, all on international duty and it showed as neither side was able to find the back of the net.
Opposing goalkeepers Gabby Dal Busco and Hannah Southwell pulled off some spectacular and important saves at crucial stages of the match to ensure their respective sides walked away with a point from the enthralling contest.
Glory winger Carla Bennett had the best chance of the first half, with her cross from the right almost catching out Southwell off her line.
Former Western Sydney striker Jenna Kingsley, who combined well with the dangerous Rhali Dobson in Newcastle’s front half, forced Dal Busco to make a diving save to her left on the cusp of half-time.
Ella Mastrantonio attempted to break the deadlock with a long-range attempt shortly after the break, but the Glory midfielder’s powerful strike sailed over the crossbar.
Minutes later Jets recruit Chloe Logarzo pushed a free kick agonisingly wide of the far post.
American import Nikki Stanton made an impressive debut for Glory and received plenty of support from defenders Sarah Carroll, Katie Holtham and stand-in captain Kim Carroll.
The Jets were happy to claim a point from their opening match of the season and will take that confidence into next Saturday’s match against Melbourne Victory at Broadmeadows Valley Park.
‘Overall, I was really pleased with the girl’s performance. We didn’t really know what to expect after having the bye in Round 1 and everyone was just keen to get on the park and play and get a game under their belt,’ Newcastle Jets Head Coach Craig Deans said.
‘I think overall we looked fitter and sharper but we just needed to have a better quality finish and that’s what we’ll be working on in training this week, ensuring we can capitalise on our chances whilst maintaining our defence which I thought was really strong.’ Deans said.
‘I think overall it was exactly what we wanted for our first game, to put in a good performance, particularly with our Matildas away and come home with at least a point,’ Deans concluded.