A three goal flurry in the second half against Perth Glory – and the reversal of a 1-nil deficit at the half-time break – has put the Newcastle Jets back on the trail to play in the W-League finals in 2019.
It was a fixture the Jets were expecting to struggle in, especially as Perth rolled into No.2 Sportsground in the eleventh round clash guided by international superstar and Matildas focal point Sam Kerr, but Craig Deans’ outfit had different plans as they battled to stay in playoff contention.
The game looked to begin spinning out of control for the Jets early on however, with Kerr bagging her 50th W-League goal to put the travelling team into the lead.
It was a dour start for the Novocastrian squad, who are currently missing key players Emily Van Egmond as well as imports Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith, but a half-time team talk from Deans seemed to change the entire look of the clash.
The Jets returned to the field in the second half with major bite behind their play, and their offensive work was rewarded twelve minutes into the second half as Arin Wright notched the home team’s first.
Local forward Tara Andrews – who had just returned to the team following a lengthy injury layoff – put the ladies in red and blue into the lead for the first time in the match just past the 64th minute mark, before a series of fantastic saves from shining goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom denied Kerr and fellow Perth striker Rachel Hill.
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The defence was enough to keep the Jets in control of the three points in the fixture, and a final goal from Cortnee Vine stamped Newcastle’s victory into the books as a confirmed success.
The three points over the now-third placed Glory is vital for Deans’ side, as they sit just three points behind Melbourne City and a chance to return to the finals after a horror-run of injuries nearly denied them the chance to be in the running.
The Jets now prepare to play a six-point clash against City on Sunday, January 20, when they travel south to continue their potential dream run to a playoff position in 2019.