Tara Andrews and Renee Poutney played key roles in a crucial 2–0 win over Adelaide at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday evening, lifting the Jets to their first W-League victory since early December with two second-half goals.
The three points in the sweltering heat are key for the Jets as they look to avoid their third W-League wooden spoon—both Newcastle and United came into the clash with four points to their name. The 2–0 finish marked the Jets’ second win of the season.
Each side seemed similarly matched in the tussle, with the Jets leading the chances early on before the Lady Reds fell into their own offensive rhythm. The difference came in the 51st minute, however, with a United handball in the box.
It was Andrews who stepped up to the plate for the chance, and the club’s leading scorer made no mistake as she slotted it home.
With just twelve minutes to run in the match, a second chance was put away for Newcastle to double their lead. Teigan Collister latched onto the end of a through ball and lofted it to Poutney in the box. The youngster made no mistake, slamming it home.
For interim boss Ash Wilson, who had dubbed her side’s efforts “just not good enough” after their 4–2 loss the round before, two goals and a clean sheet—and all three points—was all she could have asked for as a response.
Newcastle's 2–0 win over Adelaide in Round 9, by the numbers:
Goals – 2️⃣
Clean sheet – ✅
Shots – 12
On Target – 33%
Possession – 46%
— Isaac McIntyre (@isaac_mcintyre6) February 1, 2020
She admitted she had delivered another message to the team ahead of their ‘must-win’ battle with Adelaide too: “do this for yourselves… you’ve had one of those seasons where you may not deserve to be bottom, but that is where they were sitting coming into this game. Only they could get themselves out of it.”
“I was really happy with their response tonight,” she told the Herald after the match, and suggested that the team may have turned a bit of a corner in their W-League woes after coming out on top of the “tough arm wrestle” at home.
The first-time head coach also had a heaping of praise for scorers Andrews, and especially Poutney, who marked the 2–0 victory with her maiden top-flight goal.
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“When we were composed on the ball and were switching and finding our opportunities to play forward, I thought we looked alright. The challenge is to keep being consistent with that,” she said.
“Tara was composed at the penalty spot and then it was a really good finish from Renee after a really nice cross from Teigan, so that’s two games in a row now where we’ve scored goals in general play, which is nice, and I’d want to see that a little more.”
Newcastle next take to the field on Sunday, February 23. They will face Melbourne Victory at No.2 Sportsground. Their southern opponents currently sit fourth with five wins and 17 points to their name. Melbourne won 2–1 last time out.