Despite an unbelievable yet somehow believable 15 saves from Claire Coelho, the Jets were unable to stop a dominant Brisbane Roar claiming all three points in the last DUB game of the decade.
We’ve already seen other Brisbane and Newcastle teams go head to head this weekend and it was a regular snooze fest. Fast forward to the Roar hosting Newcastle Jets at Lions Stadium and we get action from kick off.
The atmosphere built with the rhythmic drumming and chanting by the ever-present Roar Corps and when coupled with the relatively smoke free/choke free day west of Brisbane, laid the foundations for a great game.
As Brisbane were bolstered by the return of KK to the bench of an already stacked team with some of the best DUB players to ever grace the competition, the Jets were going to have to stayed focused for a full 90 to get anything from this game.
From the outset the Roar were on the prowl with both Hayley Raso and Carson Pickett forcing Claire Coelho into two outstanding saves to deny the Roar in the 3rd and 4th minute respectively. Tameka Yallop and Natalie Tathem both had attempts seeking the Roar’s first goal, but it was the Jets who drew first blood through Tara Andrews.
Some say Andrews can’t sleep unless she’s terrorised a back line the day before, so you know she’ll be well rested after her link up with Nikki Flannery to break the deadlock in the 22nd.
Both Andrews and Flannery had chances to double their lead soon after, but both were just wide of the mark.
It was…. Claire Polkinghorne who found the breakthrough in the 40th for the home side. Katrina Gorry’s corner set to cause all sorts of trouble was initially cleared before Isobel Dalton fired the ball back into the box towards the waiting head of Polks.
HT: BRI 1-1 NEW
The Roar came out firing in the second half again, really putting Coelho to the test. As Roar players rotated their efforts in front of goal, Coelho was there trying to put them off or putting in the stop. Proving to be an outstanding goalkeeper and a real asset to this side, Coelho denied the Roar that many times that she really outshone the rest of her team.
The concern with her knee should have the Jets worried so fingers crossed it doesn’t come to anything more.
For all her efforts, she couldn’t stop Hollie Palmer from finding the back of the net for her first ever DUB goal.
Gorry again taking those corners like an absolute boss, finding Pickett who shoots empathically from range only to find the crossbar. Palmer was first on the scene, heading home the rebound giving Coelho little time to react in the 69th.
Andrews almost had the equaliser in the 77th for the Jets but Mackenzie Arnold, fresh from having little to do all game, put in a great save to push her effort over the crossbar.
Roar were undoubtably the better side on the day but a great game to watch for DUB fans, nonetheless.
FT BRI 2-1 NEW
By Bree Reidy