Newcastle fell at the final hurdle at McDonald Jones Stadium earlier this morning, as two stoppage time goals for Adelaide first equalised the affair, and then put the Reds into the lead to strip the Jets of any possible points.
Things were looking good in the home stretch for the ladies in red and blue, as they stepped into the lead 85 minutes into the morning fixture – having been swapped out from the evening before to avoid rising temperatures – thanks to an own goal turned in by Adelaide defender Laura Johns.
It had been smooth sailing for the Jets up until that point, with Teigan Collister opening her W-League scoring account in the 21st minute of the contest, before the Reds answered back twelve minutes into the second half through Fanndis Fridriksdottir.
Then the final minutes of the match turned as sour as they could – as heat swept through McDonald Jones Stadium, veteran local Cassidy Davis was forced from proceedings with a potential injured knee, before Isabel Hodgson and Veronica Latsko both found the back of the net to spoil Newcastle’s morning.
The 3-2 defeat to Adelaide leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of Craig Deans’ outfit, after three secured points turned to nothing to leave them adrift in eighth place on the W-League standings with just seven points to their name.
In a positive for the club, Tara Andrews returned to the side off the bench, replacing Pana Petratos midway through the match to confirm her recovery from a long-term ankle injury is all but over.
Newcastle travel south next weekend to face the Sydney FC, who currently sit just two points ahead of the Jets and very much in striking distance for Deans’ young squad.
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