Newcastle Jets 1-5 Brisbane Roar
Above: Brisbane Roar’s hat-trick hero Larissa Crummer (left) celebrates with Mariel Hecher. Photo: Brisbane Roar.
By Kieran Yap (5/3/22)
Newcastle renamed the Number Two Sportsground after the record-breaking Cass Davis for their match against Brisbane Roar.
The stands were packed and the atmosphere celebratory as the club and community acknowledged her run of 110 consecutive league games.
Brisbane Roar arrived after suffering one of the most difficult lead-ups to a game imaginable.
The city had been damaged by torrential rain and dangerous floods. The team had been unable to travel safely to training and Holly McQueen’s house was submerged in the devastating week for Queensland.
They were also without the suspended Shea Connors. The winger was Brisbane’s leading scorer coming into the game and had set up the winning goal against Melbourne City.
Newcastle had their own squad problems and could only name a bench of two outfield players.
A scrappy start from both sides was typified by a bizarre passage of play. Brisbane attacked and the ball from Katrina Gorry bounced off the crossbar before it appeared to have been handled twice.
The referee did not see it amid the chaos and it was cleared but soon after The Roar made no mistake.
Gorry knitted play together in midfield with a combination of passes before splitting the Jets defence to find the running Anna Margraf.
She used one touch to go around Claire Coelho and the second tucked it away to put Roar up 1-0
Margraf has been one of Brisbane’s better players this season and has perhaps been a victim of her own versatility. She started off the season as an attacking midfielder, then shifted into defence, on this occasion she was playing upfront in place of Connors.
Getting the best out of her next season should one of Brisbane’s priorities. This was her third goal of the year.
The Jets almost levelled the score as the game opened up. Sophie Harding raced beyond the Roar defence but delayed her shot slightly too long. Jamilla Rankin raced back to snuff out the danger with a perfect sliding block.
The potential Matilda has developed from an exciting full-back to a very quick and committed central defender this season. It is a move that has increased the potential for the player, her club, and possibly the national team in future.
Brisbane added a second after Gorry played Rie Kitano into space. She squared the ball to Larissa Crummer who had no trouble tapping into an open goal to double the lead.
Ash Brodigan responded for the home side. Her turn on the edge of the box was excellent and created space. Her shot was hit hard and too high. Isabella Shuttleworth in the Brisbane goal was untroubled by the effort despite the impressive build-up.
In a move that summed up the game, Crummer immediately scored again, Brisbane went straight up the other end and the former Golden Boot winner sped beyond the Jets backline. She composed herself and finished well to make it 4-0.
She brought up her hattrick soon after with a well-headed goal following a corner kick. Crummer has been guilty of some near misses this season, but rediscovered her touch in front of goal with three very good finishes.
Newcastle finally pulled one back when Brodigan found Lauren Allen. The winger showed her usual balance and composure to make it 4-1 and temporarily give Newcastle a lifeline. Allen is always dangerous running toward goal and showed her class to beat Shuttleworth for the first time in two games.
Any hopes of a comeback were quickly extinguished when Hollie Palmer intercepted the ball in midfield. Her dipping, curling, and very deliberate shot was the best goal of a game that featured six.
Palmer has been limited by injuries this season but this stunning goal was a reminder of what the young playmaker can do with a ball.
Fewer teams will have had a tougher preparation than Brisbane Roar and this was a fantastic, emphatic win under difficult circumstances.
Newcastle Jets are limping toward to end of the season with a depleted squad and constantly shifting schedule.
Nevertheless, despite the circumstances, it was an entertaining game of football to end off a dramatic and drama-filled Friday night of Dub.
Teams: NEWCASTLE JETS (4-2-3-1): Coelho, Eddy, Brewer, Fenton, Jaber, Davis, Gordon, Brodigan, Johnson, Allan, Harding. Substitutes: Gooch, Magus (GK), Morley.
Scorer: Allan 63′.
BRISBANE ROAR (4-3-3): Shuttleworth, Clough, Rankin, Haffenden, Tatum, Kitano, Norrie, Gorry, Margraf, Crummer, Hecher. Substitutes: Davern, Foletta, Palmer, Rasschaert, Symes (GK).
Scorers: Margraf 17′, Crummer 29′, 55′, 57′. Palmer 71′.
Referee: Kelly Jones.