Chloe Logarzo during the round three W-League match between Melbourne Victory and Newcastle Jets at Broadmeadows Valley Park on October 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images
Saturday, 31 October 2015
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Newcastle Jets women have continued Melbourne Victory’s barren start to the 2015 Westfield W-League season after inflicting a 1-0 defeat on the home side at Broadmeadows Valley Park on Saturday afternoon.
The match’s defining goal came about in first-half injury time when Rhali Dobson’s lateral ball picked out Chloe Logarzo who made no mistake dispatching it into the net despite Alex Natoli’s attemped clearance.
Melbourne coach, David Edmondson, opted to make a handful of selection changes, bringing Jessica Pitts into the center of defence alongside Thea Slatyer. Hayley Raso and Christine Nairn also came into the starting eleven.
The former looked lively early on with a number of bustling runs down the right causing a series of heart flutters in the Jets defence.
For Newcastle coach Craig Deans welcomed back Matilda’s Tara Andrews and Gerogia Yoeman-Dale to further strengthen his side coming off a nil all draw with Perth in the previous round.
Melbourne was full of verve in the opening stanza, enabling it to move the ball around and involve its wingers.
Its best chance of the first half fell to Christine Nairn, who went agonisingly close to sneaking the ball into the left hand corner from a set piece.
Victory were forced onto the back foot in the early stages of the second half after Logarzo went down in the area under a challenge from Slatyer. Up stepped Melissa Barbieri to keep out the resultant penalty to the delight of the home fans.
Nairn demonstrated her class once again on the hour mark, this time putting Hannah Southwell on the back foot with a blast from 35 yards that was well saved by the Jets keeper.
Annabel Martin forced another fine save from the Jets’ custodian before Slatyer’s dipping header crashed off the cross-bar.
Victory’s pressure intensified as it sought the elusive equaliser, but it wasn’t enough in the end as the Jets held on for the win.
Jets coach Craig Deans was positive of the result but admitted that there was still some room for improvement from his side.
“I was happy with the result however in regards to passing and keeping the ball we still have some work to do and that will be the focus on training this week leading into our first home game,” Deans said.
“Having Tara and Georgia back from Matilda’s duty was a boost to the side however the girls were a bit tired and took a little bit of time to get going but overall it was a good performance from everyone.”
“The girls are really looking forward to their first home game but they know after their loss to Sydney FC, the Wanderers will come to Newcastle determined to take home three points. The combination of a Wanderers side on a mission and our girls hungry for a first win at home will make for an exciting match,” Deans concluded.
Melbourne Victory 0
Newcastle Jets 1 (Logarzo 45+2′)