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Melbourne Victory defeated the Newcastle Jets in front of a crowd of 2,436 thanks to a thirteenth minute Natasha Dowie strike, handing them just their second win of the Westfield W-League 2015/2016 season.
The Jets controlled most of the first half, however could not find the back of the net, a recurring problem for them this season.
In just the sixth minute Rhali Dobson sent a header wide from close range as the Jets declared their intentions early to take the game to the bottom placed side.
In the thirteenth minute Melbourne found themselves ahead 1-0 as the Liverpool import Dowie fired home a brilliant chipped volley past an advancing Hannah Southwell that flew into the top left hand corner.
The Jets dominated the remainder of the half, coming closest in the twenty-first minute as Chloe Logarzo’s strike from distance narrowly evaded the right post.
Melbourne went into the break ahead 1-0, with their keeper Melissa Barbieri leading a valiant defensive unit from the back with her leadership and experience.
Chances came few and far between in the second stanza, in what was a much more even half of football.
The Jets’ hopes of finding an equaliser were severely diminished with five minutes to go after substitute Sophie Nenadovic was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Neither side could add to the half time score, with the Victory finishing the match as 2-0 winners.
Newcastle Coach Craig Deans is hoping to bounce back from Sunday’s game.
“It’s very disappointing to have lost as it was a big chance for our team to make it easier to make into the finals but I guess it will just mean we will have to work a lot harder in our match against Sydney FC on the weekend.”
“As the Matilda’s girls (Tara Andrews, Gerogia Yeoman-Dale and Chloe Logarzo) are away at camp this week, the rest of the team at training will be working on passing and decision making,” Deans concluded.
The result leaves the Jets fighting in the final two Rounds for a finals spot, however boosts the Victory’s hopes of moving off the bottom of the ladder.
The Newcastle Jets next game is away against Sydney FC on Saturday 9th January, 2pm at ANZ Stadium before the A-League match.