We had SIX goals (first time DUB goals for Hana Lowry and Lauren Allan) and a fucking good accidental goal/post-match interview from Tessa Tamplin as the Newcastle Jets hosted Perth Glory on a ridiculously warm night in Newcastle.
Happy Hersday people. This week, a match up of a team looking for their first win of the season against a team looking for their second win. A stat that I saw doing the rounds before the game but shouldn’t define this game. Both Newcastle and Perth have played some great, entertaining football this season so I knew we’d have a cracker.
I did not realise we would have six, brilliants goals though. Six goals on a hot evening with a warm breeze. So hot that we knew the teams would be getting two drinks breaks in each half. Hey, gotta love player welfare and all that.
Despite the heat both teams were on form from the outset with Perth edging the Jets early on. It was no surprise when the Glory got on the scoresheet first but their goal came from a name most wouldn’t be familiar with. Hana Lowry, 16 years old and on her starting debut for Perth broke the deadlock with a brilliant header in the 22nd minute. Her movement through the air as she rose to connect with the corner to then score in the top corner was poetry in motion.
A minute later and Lowry had another crack from distance that ended up over the crossbar. Just 16. Dear god, we have a GOAT in the making.
Perth continued their dominance throughout the rest of the first half, earning a pen in stoppage time. Tamplin gave Crystal Thomas a slight push in the box, but it was enough to earn the pen. Morgan Andrews made no mistake as she made it 0-2 in 45’+3.
HT: NEW 0-2 PER
A total formation change from the Jets caretake coach (…yeah) Ash Wilson looked to deliver the goods with some early possession by the home side. Hannah Brewer connected with Tara Andrew’s cross just minutes into the second half but headed the ball straight at Morgan Aquino.
Despite their renewed confidence Caitlin Doeglas made it 0-3 to Perth in the 65th. Morgan Andrews with a great run then shot only hit the crossbar for all her efforts but Doeglas was there the catch the rebound on the volley and over Claire Coelho in goal.
Just when you thought it wasn’t going to happen, it happened for the Jets moments after Thomas missed a chance up the other end. Even Tamplin didn’t believe it was going to happen. Aiming to deliver a cross into the box but instead thinking she shanked it, the ball fell perfectly into the top corner to make it 1-3 in the 75th. Tamplin turning and swearing thinking that she’s wasted a chance was brilliant. A goal that will live on in DUB history.
The end to end football continued as Celia Jimenez made it 1-4 three minutes later. What a goal as well. Fired from outside the 18-yard box, her shot dipped under the crossbar giving Coelho little chance to stop it.
We’ve some definite goal of the season contenders in this match already but then Allan had to come along with one for her own to open her DUB account. From the pass by Renee Pountney to the empathic finish from Allan, the Jets clawed one back in the 83rd to make it 2-4.
A thrilling game and Perth bag their first win of the season. Hersday football at it’s finest.
FT: NEW 2-4 PER
By Bree Reidy