Perth grounded against Jets

Perth Glory Women’s team will be hoping for some better luck when they return to the familiar surrounds of Members Equity Stadium next Sunday after going down 4-1 to Newcastle at Wanderers Stadium.

Perth Glory Women-s team will be hoping for some better luck when they return to the familiar surrounds of Members Equity Stadium next Sunday after going down 4-1 to Newcastle at Wanderers Stadium.

At the half way mark of the new Westfield W-League competition it is still a wide open field however Perth will need to start securing some wins if they-re to make their way up the ladder.

In a sign of just how tight the league is, the Jets jumped from seventh to third after their victory, and while Perth are in eighth position only four points separates them from third spot.

Glory made the perfect start and took the lead after only six minutes when Marianna Tabain scored the game-s opener but the Jets equalised ten minutes later and added another two in quick succession to make the score 3-1 at the break.

Perth attacked with venom to open the second half but Newcastle held firm and sealed the victory when midfielder Amber Neilson scored from the penalty spot in the second half to give the Jets their second win of the season.

The opening goal was created through some excellent work by Perth-s Sam Kerr as she weaved her way into the Newcastle penalty area before squaring to Tabian to poke home from close range.

The Jets worked their way back into the match and were on level terms in the 17th minute courtesy of Pearce's dangerous cross from the right hand edge of the box that beat everyone and ended up in the back of the net.

Newcastle took the lead soon after when Matildas striker Katie Gill showed her aerial strength to head home a corner after a period of sustained pressure from the hosts.

The momentum continued to go the way of the Jets and they could have had a third goal in the 26th minute when Gill broke through only to see her shot cleared off the line by Perth defender Emily Dunn.

But the Jets got their goal from the ensuing corner when Jones headed in at the near post to make it 3-1 after 27 minutes.

Emily van Egmond could have made it four just before half-time when Joanne Peters worked her way into the box and crossed to the unmarked van Egmond but she ballooned her shot over the crossbar from 15 yards out to leave the score 3-1 at the break.

Perth came out in the second stanza with renewed enthusiasm and mounted a concerted assault on the Newcastle goal. Second half substitute Elisa D'Ovidio showed some spark up front while Collette McCallum forced a good save from Jets goalkeeper Alison Logue with a curling free kick.

Newcastle however weathered the storm and wrestled back control of the match through strong work in the midfield and excellent attack from Gill. It was the star striker who forced the fourth goal when she worked her way into the box before sliding a ball to Sanna Frostevall who was brought down as she tried to shoot.

Neilson stepped up to slot home from the spot to make it 4-1 in the 76th minute.

Westfield W-League Rd 5

Newcastle Jets 4 (Kirstyn Pearce 17-, Katie Gill 24-, Nicole Jones 27-, Amber Neilson 76-) Perth Glory 1 (Marianna Tabain 6-) Sunday 23 November 2008 at Wanderers Oval, Newcastle

Referee: Kate Jacewicz Assistant Referees: Liz Shorter, Penny Nash Fourth Official: Kirralee Gardener

Perth Glory: 20.Maya DIEDERICHSEN (gk), 2.Stacey LEARMONT, 3.Carys HAWKINS, 4.Sam KERR, 5.Shannon MAY (13.Elisa D-OVIDIO 61-), 8.Tanya OXTOBY (c), 10.Ella MASTRANTONIO, 11.Lisa DE VANNA (7.Ciara CONWAY 34-), 14.Collette McCALLUM, 17.Marianna TABAIN, 19.Emily DUNN (12.Dani CALAUTTI 29-)

Substitutes not used: 6.Katarina JUKIC (gk) Yellow cards: Ella Mastrantonio 48- Red Cards: Nil

Newcastle Jets: 1.Alison LOGUE (gk), 6.Amber NEILSON, 7.Gema SIMON, 10.Joanne PETERS, 11.Stacey DAY, 12.Katie GILL, 14.Nicole JONES, 15.Emily VAN EGMOND (3.Samantha WOOD 45- (9.Rhali DOBSON 78-)), 16.Kirstyn PEARCE (4.Elizabeth SHARPE 80-), 18.Rebecca SMITH, 19.Sanna FROSTEVALL

Substitutes not used: Nil Yellow cards: Katie Gill 37-, Stacey Day 37-, Kirstyn Pearce 54-, Amber Neilson 70-, Sanna Frostevall 87- Red Cards: Nil