Perth hold on for glory despite late Jets push

Perth Glory became the first side to record back-to-back wins in the 2014 Westfield W-League season, defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-1 at Magic Park this afternoon.

Following one goal wins in the opening round of the competition, both sides began the match unchanged. Perth created the first chance of the match in the 10th minute, as Katie Gill headed a loose ball towards goal, which came crashing back off the crossbar. 

Newcastle’s Emily van Egmond was looking extremely dangerous in the front third, creating two chances for Tara Andrews and heading just wide of the right post twice in the opening quarter of an hour.

The first shot on target came from Perth’s Samantha Kerr in the 21st minute and was blocked by the Jets defence, a clear indication of how well both sides were defending.

The first goal of the match came in the 34th minute as Marianna Tabain converted a free kick from just outside the 18 yard box, given away by Newcastle’s Hayley Crawford. Alanna Kennedy then doubled the away side’s lead during added on time, sending the Glory into the break ahead 2-0.

Two minutes after the hour mark the Jets got themselves on the score sheet, with Tara Andrews slotting home from close range after a well-worked corner routine.

Kerr thought she had restored Perth’s two goal advantage, heading past Coelho in the 65th minute, however Referee Kelly Jones ruled that Coelho had been fouled in the process. Ten minutes later the Jets experienced the same agony, as Victoria Huster volleyed home from close range but was ruled to be offside.

In the 80th minute Glory substitute Gabrielle Marzano left the crossbar shaking as she struck a venomous left foot strike towards goal that went crashing off the woodwork.

Coelho produced a number of crucial saves to keep Newcastle in the game, however they could not get the job done at the other end, and Glory held on to pick up the three points.

Newcastle head to Brisbane next week looking for the second win of the season, whilst Perth will look to continue their hot run against Adelaide at home.

Newcastle Jets 1 (Andrews 62’) def. by

Perth Glory 2 (Tabain 34’, Kennedy 45+1’)

Westfield W-League Round 2

Saturday 20th September, 3pm

Magic Park Broadmeadow

Crowd: 673

Newcastle Jets: 20. Claire COELHO (GK), 2. Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 3. Hayley CRAWFORD, 4. Ashley SPINA 5. Katherine REYNOLDS, 6. Angela SALEM, 7. Victoria HUSTER, 8. Amber NEILSON (Davis 66’), 9. Tara ANDREWS, 10. Emily VAN EGMOND (c), 11. Rhali DOBSON (Macintyre 46’).

Substitutes: 15. Elizabeth COPUS-BROWN, 16. Cassidy DAVIS, 17. Grace MACINTYRE, 21. Renee RUDDER (GK).


Cautions: NIL

Perth Glory: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), 2. Sarah CARROLL, 4. Bronwyn STUDMAN, 6. Alanna KENNEDY, 9. Caitlin FOORD (Eastman), 12. Kathryn GILL, 13. Elisa D’OVIDIO (Billam), 14. Collette MCCALLUM (c), 15. Shelina ZADORSKY, 17. Marianna TABAIN (Marzano), 20. Samantha KERR.

SUBSTITUTES: 7. Gabrielle MARZANO, 8. Shawn BILLAM, 16. Thia EASTMAN, 18. Gabrielle DAL BUSCO (c).

Coach: Jamie HARNWELL

Cautions: Foord 61’, Gill 80’, Kennedy 86’