The Newcastle Jets may not have started on the right foot results-wise in the W-League 2018/19 season, falling in a 1-2 defeat to Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium on Thursday night, but a goal to a rising local and a second-half recovery means the squad will take positives from the loss regardless.
Although the contest away from home was a thriller for much of the 90 minutes for the Jets and their travelling fans, it was a five minute flurry around the 10th minute that proved key to the clash.
Victory opened the scoring just seven minutes in as Melina Ayres sent a long-ranged strike into the back of the net, before Natasha Dowie doubled Melbourne’s lead just four minutes later off a through-ball from Grace Maher.
Melina Ayres, take a bow.
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Local Novocastrian talent Cortnee Vine, who was playing off the left side of a forward midfield three, answered back less than a minute later to draw the Jets back into the game, but the 12th minute goal was the last of the match.
The Jets nearly had another goal in the 18th minute after a goalmouth scramble which saw Clare Wheeler send the ball home, but Dumont scooped up the danger.
Melbourne coach Jeff Hopkins pointed to his team’s improved accuracy in his post-match interview, but bemoaned the lack of a killer blow.
“Really happy, two cracking goals that we scored,” he said. “Disappointed that we didn’t finish the game off, we had a lot of chances.”
“We’ve done a lot of work on our build up and we’ve focused on getting the ball forward.”
The Jets now return to Newcastle on November 17, when they welcome Canberra United in the third round of the W-League.