The Newcastle Jets have been handed the W-League wooden spoon just 29 minutes away from the end of the 2019/20 W-League season, after Adelaide’s import star Mallory Weber broke the deadlock at Marden Sports Complex to sink the Jets 2–1.
The Novocastrian club found themselves sucked into a battle to avoid last-place for the season after a record 7–0 defeat at the hands of Victory at home last weekend, which boss Ash Wilson said sent the team “back to the drawing board.”
Unfortunately, it looks like the Jets couldn’t re-write their plans fast enough, with the short turn around from Sunday’s lopsided rampage proving too little time to change enough for the team to avoid dropping into last place against the Lady Reds.
Amber Brooks opened the scoring in the City of Churches on Thursday evening, slotting home a penalty in the 24th minute to give the home side the lead. Teigan Collister struck back soon after, slicing a volley past the back post.
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It was Collister’s second goal of the season—her first, a similar finish, came against newly-crowned champions Melbourne City back in the club’s season opener—and it seemed like the 20-year-old had saved the Jets from the spoon.
There was one final moment to change the course of both Adelaide and Newcastle’s year, however. Locked at 1–1, the Jets held the Reds out for just over an hour, before Weber shot home what proved to be the winner.
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After United went ahead, Newcastle weren’t able to find the back of the net again, and the Hunter squad fell to a 2–1 defeat on the road. They were consigned to last place in the W-League final standings with just seven points to their name.
The Jets’ 2019/20 campaign, which ended with two wins, one draw, and nine losses in an overall disappointing run for the Novocastrian stars, marks the third time in the club’s history they have been handed the wooden spoon.
In previous bottom-finish seasons—2009 and 2013/14—the Jets finished with just two and one points respectively. The last-placed finish in 2019/20 breaks a half-decade run of the team finishing above the league’s bottom place.