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Newcastle Jets v Brisbane Roar
2pm, Sunday 17th January, 2016
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
After a season of highs and lows, the last match of the year for the Newcastle Jets now sees them battling for the finals, an objective that can still be achieved if they defeat Brisbane Roar this weekend with a favourable goal difference at Hunter Stadium and if results in other matches of the weekend go their way.
After two defeats in a row, the Jets will need to recover with a win here or risk their final chance at the elimination rounds of the competition.
Craig Deans’ side will also be wary of Brisbane’s form, as the Roar come into the last round of the season off the back of two wins in a row that saw them put seven goals into the back of the net and concede only one in return.
As well as the victory over Brisbane, a win that will need to be by two goals or more to put them over on goal difference, Newcastle will also need to rely on Canberra United defeating Adelaide in their clash at the Adelaide Shores Football Centre, which kicks off on Friday afternoon.
The Jets will look to their leadership for confidence in their final match, with the fixture already feeling like a round of finals football for the girls in red and blue.
Jets Captain Gema Simon will be influential in keeping the team on target for the three points.
With the goal difference playing an integral role in the push for the finals, Deans’ side will also be looking to supply their attacking players with chances to notch up goals, with Rhali Dobson and Tara Andrews the main outlets for the girls.
Caprice Dydasco and Jenna Kingsley have also proven their worth in attacking movements, with Kingsley netting two goals in the season, just one shy of Andrews’ tally.
The pressure and the confidence of the side, will be factors in the match at home and the support of the fans will be a major part of the ninety-minute battle. If the Newcastle Jets can fly high at Hunter Stadium, they could be playing finals football, a goal that has eluded them in recent years.
Regardless of the result on the weekend however, the Newcastle Jets have shown they are a force in the Westfield W-League and have fought every step of the way to prove that they deserve a chance at the Finals Series – now all there is for the girls is to claim the chance they have in front of them and take away all three points today.