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Adelaide United FC v Newcastle Jets FC
Round 9 – 8.00pm (AEDT), 7.30pm (Local Time) Thursday 28th December at Elite Systems Football Centre, Adelaide
Overall Head to Head:
Newcastle Jets FC 7
Adelaide United FC 4
2015/16 – Round 10: Newcastle Jets 1 (Andrews (p) 18’) Adelaide United 5 (Dahlekemper 13’, 90+5’, Toby 25’, Sutton 74’, Condon 90’) at Magic Park. Referee: Kelly Jones
Where they sit on the Ladder:
Newcastle Jets FC 7th (7pts)
Adelaide United FC 9th (2pts)
Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):
Jets – Lost Wanderers 1-2 (h), Drew Victory 1-1 (h), Lost Sydney 1-2 (h)
Adelaide – Lost Perth 1-4 (h), Lost Roar 2-3 (a), Drew Canberra 2-2 (h)
After four matches without a victory, the Jets Women will be after a change in fortune when they travel down to Adelaide. It will be a very short turnaround for the Jets who went down 2-1 to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Boxing Day.
With their finals hopes on the line on Monday against the Wanderers the Jets Women put on a solid showing in front of a strong home crowd of over 2,000 fans. But, unfortunately for the home side it wasn’t enough with import Jen Hoy striking both the crossbar and the post in the second half as Newcastle chased an elusive equaliser.
The Jets will meet an Adelaide side keen to erase the painful memories of a 4-1 thumping at the hands of the ladder leading Perth Glory in their last start. It may seem like an age ago but the Jets took down Perth 1-0 at home back in round three, however, they have seemed a shadow of their old selves in recent weeks – especially in defence – with the determination and desire shown in the opening rounds missing since their demoralising 5-2 defeat to Canberra.
Newcastle conceded just one goal in their opening three matches, showing a steely resolve at the back. Over the last four matches they have let in 10 goals at an average of two and a half per game. If the Jets can’t re-discover their early season defence it may be a tough end to the season.
Adelaide – like their Hyundai A-League counterparts – are last on the ladder with just two points from their six matches but have had their moments across the opening half of the season. They recorded a 2-2 draw with third placed Canberra United in round five and the following week only went down 3-2 to perennial contenders Brisbane Roar.
Leading scorer Adriana Jones is no stranger to Newcastle and will be a familiar face in Adelaide for many of the Jets Women. Jones played for Warners Bay in Northern NSW’s Grand Final Winning Herald Womens Premier League side alongside Newcastle defender Cassidy Davis and there is no doubt she would love nothing more than to score against her old side. Jones has found the back of the net three times in her five appearances this season for the Reds.
It’s not just Jones though who the Jets should fear, with Adelaide’s most experienced Westfield W-League player Rachael Quigley who will be returning on Thursday night from a hamstring injury.
Having played for Adelaide, Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City across her 70-match W-League career the 25-year-old striker has been restricted to just two matches this season, scoring once against Canberra. Quigley will be crucial up-front for the Reds as they search for their first win of the season.
Adelaide are the only Westfield W-League side which Newcastle have a positive win-loss record against, winning seven and losing only four, but, it was Adelaide who won their last meeting in comprehensive fashion – 5-1 in Newcastle last year.
Key: Newcastle’s defence. If the Jets can re-discover their early season defensive strength Adelaide could be in for a tough night.