Newcastle Jets 2-2 Perth Glory
by Kieran Yap (3/12/22)
Above: Lauren Allan celebrates her goal for Newcastle Jets. Photo: Newcastle Herald.
Newcastle Jets scored two equalisers to secure a draw from Perth Glory. In a fast-paced end-to-end game, neither side could find a winner despite attacking throughout.
Perth Glory were in need of a win. They started the season with high hopes but a close loss to Adelaide United and a draw to Canberra United was below expectations.
Newcastle Jets were at home for this match and had some momentum. Sarah Griffith’s hattrick helped them defeat Western Sydney and the American playmaker looks to be a new talisman for Ash Wilson’s team.
Alex Epakis made only one change to his Perth team. Sarah Cain started in place of Sofia Sakalis, as Glory looked to control the midfield. Newcastle had other plans, and dominated the opening stages of the match.
Griffith was dangerous early. She dropped deep and linked play with Lauren Allan and Tara Andrews. Sarah Langman in the Perth goal was busy early, although not seriously tested but the flurry of attacks.
Perth moved the ball quickly from defence, but the front three of Cyera Hintzen, Gabriella Coleman, and Rylee Baisden seemed hesitant or disconnected in the final third.
Despite Newcastle’s dominance, it was Glory who took the lead. Hintzen found space on the left and whipped in a perfect cross for Baisden. The winger had drifted into a central area and finished from close range. It was Perth’s first shot on target, Newcastle had nine up to that point.
Before the Jets could respond, Perth nearly scored a second. Hintzen’s long-range strike was well saved by Georgina Worth, but it looked like Glory finally had their groove back.
Newcastle started the second half in much the same way, a flowing one-touch move ended with Griffith’s shot. But Kim Carroll was well positioned to block.
Griffith continued to cause problems, a cross from the left after a twisting run almost found Tara Andrews, but it was cut off by the Glory defence.
Newcastle eventually scored the goal that their persistence deserved. Griffith hit a long pass over the Glory defenders and Lauren Allan raced onto it, holding off Bella Wallhead before lifting it over the keeper to level the scores.
They were unfortunate not to take the lead soon after, but Andrews’ header was straight at the keeper from a range that she looked certain to score.
Allan’s goal was a classy finish. The winger had been making central runs all game and it appears that Ash Wilson is trying to use her as a finisher instead of a provider of goals.
Similarly to the first half, Glory took the lead again. Ella Mastrantonio earned a free kick and played it quickly to Wallhead. The fullback’s cross was perfectly placed into a crowded area and found the head of Baisden who scored her second.
The drama was not yet over. Wilson brought on Sophie Stapleford and Ash Brodigan and the pair combined for an instant impact.
Stapleford played a quick long pass forward. Brodigan was out-positioned by Liz Anton, but the Glory defender headed the ball awkwardly and Brodigan raced clear.
The finish was perfect. Brodigan calmly placed the ball beyond the onrushing Langman to make it two all.
Neither team was satisfied with the draw. Both continued to attack to the end. Baisden almost had her hattrick and the winner, but her shot crashed off the crossbar.
Epakis brought on Alana Jancevski, Sofia Sakalis, and Susan Phonsongkham. All three were lively, but Jancevski had the biggest impact. A curling free kick only needed to have a near post touch to go in, and a long-range shot skidded just wide.
When the referee blew the final whistle, it remained 2-2. Glory would be disappointed with the draw, but having conceded 15 shots on target compared to their five, it was somewhat of an escape for the visitors.
Newcastle will be encouraged by that display. They dominated much of the game and created different types of scoring chances. Although a win was possible, the performance was fantastic. It took two perfect deliveries for Glory to score.
Teams: NEWCASTLE JETS (4-3-3): Worth, Clough, King, Garnier, Tamplin, Davis, Agnew, Johnson, Allan, Griffith, Andrews.
Scorers: Allan 54’, Brodigan 77’
PERTH GLORY (4-3-3): Langman (GK), Carroll, Rigby, Anton, Lowry, Baisden, Hintzen, Wallhead, Mastrantonio, Coleman, Cain.
Scorers: Baisden 42’, 58’.
Referee: Caitlin Williams.