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The Jets welcomed Brisbane Roar to Hunter Stadium for the last regular season fixture of the 2015/2016 Westfield W-League season this afternoon.
Both sides entered the match aware of what they needed to do to finish fourth and sneak into the finals. Newcastle needed to win by two or more, and for the Roar a win, draw or one goal loss would get them over the line.
In the opening half an hour both sides defended well as the score remained 0-0.
Roar’s Emily Gielnik was proving to be a handful for the Jets defence, recording several shots and crosses, however the away side could not find a way past Hannah Southwell.
It was a case of what might have been for the Roar as they netted twice through Amy Chapman in the twenty-fifth minute and Gabrielle Marzano in the twenty-eighth, however both were ruled offside.
Just after the half hour mark the Jets had two great chances to open the scoring however Roar keeper Hayley Kopmeyer produced a great save to deny a Jenna Kingsley header and then Georgia Yeoman-Dale shot wide with a one-on-one.
The sides went into the half time break locked at 0-0, after a brilliant forty-five minutes from both teams’ defences.
After the break the Jets began to dominate, though a familiar story began to unfold as they failed to take the most of their chances.
In the sixty-fourth minute Jets coach Craig Deans looked to his bench in an attempt to find the required goals, introducing Rhali Dobson who replaced Jenna Kingsley.
Clare Wheeler and Libby Copus-Brown followed, and Wheeler went close late in the match with a header from close range, which was saved by Kopmeyer.
Neither side were able to find a winner, with the score ending 0-0.
The result means that the Jets season has come to an end as it was not the two goal result they were looking for.
They finish the season in sixth position on thirteen points following three wins, four draws and five losses.
The win means that the Roar finish the season in fourth position and as a result they will meet the undefeated Melbourne City in the Semi-Final.
Coach Craig Deans was again disappointed in the loss but was still proud of the girls’ efforts to end the Westfield W-League 2015.16 season.
“The girls gave everything they had but again we had a lot of opportunities in front of goal that we could have taken but again we couldn’t find the back of the net. Ultimately that’s what has cost us in getting into the semifinals,” Deans said.
“On a positive note though it was pleasing to see the younger players that stepped up including, Southwell, Nenadovic and Miller. They showed a strong performance and a positive start to the next season.”
“Thank you to everyone who supported the Jets Women this year and Northern NSW Football for running the team as well as the great support off the park,” Deans concluded.
Newcastle Jets 0
Brisbane Roar 0
Sunday 17 January 2016
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Referee: Kelly Jones
Newcastle Jets: Hannah Southwell (gk), Sophie Nenadovic (Elizabeth Copus-Brown 73’), Georgia Yeoman-Dale (Clare Wheeler 71’), Megan Oyster, Caprice Dydasco, Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon (c), Tara Andrews, Chloe Logarzo, Brooke Miller, Jenna Kingsley (Rhali Dobson 64’)
Substitutes – Claire Coelho (gk)
Cautions – none
Brisbane Roar: Haley Kopmeyer (gk), Amy Chapman (Sofie Persson 86’), Clare Polkinghorne (c), Angela Beard, Gabrielle Marzano (Alisha Foote 68’), Katrina Gorry, Kirsty Yallop, Tameka Butt, Summer O’Brien, Ruth Blackburn, Emily Gielnik (Ayesha Norrie 80’)
Substitutes – Carrie Simpson (gk)
Cautions – Katrina Gorry 31’, Kirsty Yallop 61