Cortnee Vine had the final say of the first half as the Newcastle Jets came up against Canberra United at McDonald Jones Stadium last weekend, and there won’t be many better – the fired screamer nestled in the top left corner of the goals to send the home side into the sheds with a one-goal lead.
It was the 20-year-old’s second goal in as many games for the Jets, but the match-winner in Newcastle’s first three-pointer of the season will be one she remembers for a long time to come.
It was especially sweet considering the Jets had struggled to break down Canberra’s defensive formation, despite having the lion’s share of possession in front of their home crowd.
Then came the unstoppable curler that never gave United’s Shamiran Khamis a chance, with the strike also proving to be the match winner after a similar storyline unfolded in the second half.
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“I wasn’t expecting it. It came out of nowhere,” Vine told local newspaper the Newcastle Herald after the match.
“Katie Stengel set me up pretty well. I hesitated a little bit, thinking ‘am I going to hit it’, then I just hit through it. That’s the side I was aiming for but I wasn’t expecting it to swing and dip.
“As soon as I hit it, it was just a sweet hit and it went in and I thought, ‘Wow’. I was a bit shocked and then just happy we were up 1-0.”
Local live-wire Libby Copus-Brown also made her first start for the Jets since 2015, paired with Clare Wheeler in the heart of midfield, and the combination proved successful as the Jets dominated the center of the park from the first kick to the final whistle.
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The Jets were also missing injured star local Tara Andrews (ankle), as well as high-flying Matildas duo Emily van Egmond (knee) and Larissa Crummer (thigh).
It’s expected that Andrews will face more than a month out of the squad due to her ankle injury, while Van Egmond and Crummer are both approaching match fitness as the Jets prepare for their next W-League clash.
The Jets now travel to face Western Sydney on November 24, before returning to No.2 Sportsground to host Brisbane on November 29.