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Newcastle Jets hosted their first home game in the 2015/16 season at Magic Park on Saturday afternoon, with the clash between Western Sydney Wanderers.
Newcastle Jets continued their positive early season form almost instantly, scoring in just the third minute through Jenna Kingsley who met Rhali Dobson’s cross from the left with a classy back stick header.
A chance for the travelling team at the other end of the field soon after was smashed into the crowd by Linda O’Neill, and Newcastle settled into their pace, keeping the Wanderers out of their own half.
A corner for the Jets almost crossed the line as it was directed goal-wards by Tara Andrews, but Western Sydney’s Jada Mathyssen-Whyman kept her team from conceding two goals in the first fifteen minutes with a tight goal-line save.
Michelle Carney found herself chasing a loose ball within Newcastle’s box as the half time whistle loomed, but a diving save from Hannah Southwell kept the Western Sydney striker from capitalizing on the chance, and kept the Jets in the lead.
O’Neill almost equalized on half time with a team-splitting pass from Erica Halloway exposing Southwell, but the home side went into the break with their lead.
The second half saw the pressure mounting for the Western Sydney Wanderers, as the Jets created chance after chance and kept the travelling side locked in their own half, but the Jets forwards had difficulty breaking down Mathyssen-Whyman and her defenders, and their efforts came to nothing.
Despite the control, the Jets backed off on the pressure of the game which back fired when the Wanderers ensured an interesting finish to the match when they equalised in the 57th minute, with Chloe O’Brien knocking in a loose ball following a goalmouth scramble.
Dobson continued to cause headaches for the Wanderers defence, which found herself one on one with the keeper twice however sending both balls wide, keeping the score level and sent Dobson back into the match shaking her head at the misses.
The last fifteen minutes ticked over, and the Jets were very much on the front foot, but for every chance they created they were met with a save from the Wanderer’s keeper.
The travelling team seemed content to see out the game at a level score and return home with their second point of the season under their belt. Though there was nothing the home side could do to break down the Western Sydney Wanderers, and they were made to rue their missed chances in the second – and final – minute of injury time as Carmelina Moscato put away another set piece goal to give the Sydney-siders all three points.
The Jets now go on to play against Canberra United at home next weekend, where they will be looking to bounce back from the late defeat and keep their season on track. The loss keeps them on four points, but still with a game in hand, the girls will be looking to put the defeat out of their mind as quickly as possible.
The Western Sydney Wanderers meanwhile will return home with their first win of the season, a move that may pull them away from the bottom of the table, and will welcome Melbourne Victory to Marconi Stadium to look for a second win in a row.