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Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets played out a tight 1-1 draw at Coopers Stadium on Sunday in Round 6 of the Westfield W-League.
Tiarn Powell handed the Lady Reds the lead in the 60th minute, with Jets forward Tara Andrews finding the equaliser a minute before fulltime.
The Jets started the stronger, keeping possession and passing well with an early highlight being Andrews’ shot against the crossbar after seven minutes.
After 15 minutes, the game evened out and the Lady Reds started making moves forward, testing Jets goalkeeper Hannah Southwell on numerous occasions.
A midfield error by the Lady Reds was seized on by Jets’ midfielder Chloe Logarzo, who started and almost finished a counter attack but was denied by Lady Reds keeper, Kaitlyn Savage.
Adelaide suffered a minor blow when key striker Marijana Rajcic had to be substituted in the 38th minute with a suspected knee injury – Georgia Campagnale replaced her.
The Jets yet again started the stronger in the second half, but lacked the finishing touch and they were duly punished in the 60th minute, when Powell got to the end of a corner to slot the ball past Southwell.
The away side pushed for the equaliser, but were continually denied by Savage.
However, the Jets were to be rewarded at the 84th minute when Andrews pushed the ball across the line after Adriana Jones’ initial shot was parried by Savage.
Lady Reds coach Jamie Harnwell was unhappy with his team’s performance against the Jets.
“We played much better than that this season already and we weren’t in the races today,” Harnwell said.
“Newcastle were well deserved of a point, if not a little unlucky to take all three.”
Newcastle Coach Craig Deans seemed to agree about the result but was understanding of the tough competition that they faced against the Lady Reds.
‘‘We were unlucky again with a couple of chances blocked only by woodwork, but I thought we played quite well,’’ Deans said.
‘‘We continue to create chances in both halves but at the end of the day it’s about converting them as well, and ensuring we make the opposition pay. We just need to take that little extra time to ensure we finish in the back of the net.
Before the match, Jets midfielder Chloe Logarzo was announced as an addition to the Matildas squad for the match against Korea Republic in Incheon next Sunday.
Newcastle Jets’ Tara Andrews and Georgia Yeoman-Dale are also in the squad and will also miss out on next Sundays clash against Brisbane.
Deans said Rhali Dobson was also likely to miss at least one game but the extent of her injury would not be known until after MRI scans on Monday or Tuesday.
Playing without his Matildas representatives is something Deans is getting used to.
‘‘It’s always hard losing players of their calibre, especially when we face an opponent such as Brisbane. But I know the rest of the side like the challenge that this presents to them and they are eager to step up.’’ he said.
Deans said that within this week’s training schedule there will be a lot of emphasis in getting the girls into different positions and playing as a new team with three girls out on international duty and a fourth potentially out due to injury when they face Brisbane next weekend.
“We just have to stay positive and be confident that we will get the results we are most deserved of in the near future,” Deans concluded.
Sunday 22 November 2015
Venue: Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Referee: Kelly Jones
Newcastle Jets 1 (Tara Andrews 83’)
Newcastle Jets: Hannah Southwell (gk), Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Megan Oyster, Caprice Dydasco, Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon (c), Tara Andrews, Rhali Dobson (Brooke Miller 92’), Chloe Logarzo, Jenna Kingsley (Adriana Jones 63’), Hannah Bromley
Substitutes: Claire Coelho (gk), Clare Wheeler
Cautions: Hannah Bromley 55, Chloe Logarzo 91’
Adelaide United 1 (Tiarn Powell 60’)
Adelaide United: Kaitlyn Savage (gk), Lauren Steer, Alexandra Gummer, Sarah Killion, Chantelle Ryder (Grace Abbey 84’), Emily Condon, Marijana Rajcic (Georgia Campagnale 34’, Allira Toby 76’), Rosie Sutton, Elizabeth Milne (c), Abigail Dahlkemper, Tiarn Powell
Substitutes: Claudia Jenkins (gk)
Cautions: Abigail Dahlkemper 90’