Two absolute belters, a youthful Jets’ side and a disappointing start for City summed up the last game of the opening weekend, as Newcastle held Melbourne City to a draw on Sunday evening.
Emily van Egmond returned to the Hunter in new colours as Melbourne City took on Newcastle Jets to round out the long-awaited return of the DUB. City looked to bounce back from last season where they missed out on Finals football for the first time and the Jets we’re hoping their local talent were up to the challenge.
With the Matildas trio/three E’s looking for a perfect start to their City careers (EvE, Emma Checker and Ellie Carpenter), the Jets certainly had a big task ahead of them. They didn’t let their underdog status get the better of them on the pitch, with a few early chances on goal testing the City back line.
A stinging moment for the home side when EvE made it 0-1 in the 22nd. Claire Emslie setting up EvE who fired screamer from distance that was glorious to watch but was hard for the home fans to take knowing that she didn’t score for the Jets last season.
Gema Simon and Tara Andrews both with great chances to level the score before half time, both going over the bar as they failed to capitalise.
HT: NEW 0-1 MCY
Coming back into the second half and Steph Catley almost doubled City’s lead in the 64th, rattling the side post before it was cleared.
The Jets had a reprieve up the other end thanks for some poor City clearances, Teigan Collister having the ball laid at her feet before her half volley found the top right corner in the 67th minute.
The rest of the second half was tense, with both sides creating chances. The Jets searched for a last winner through Kingston-Hogg but could only managed a corner. Checker delivering a peach of a corner to find Emslie but her header strikes the post in 90+2. Some great football from the Jets as they held City to a draw and secured a point from them for the first time. City will be disappointed given the big names they possess while Jets set themselves up for what is sure to be a cracking season.
FT: NEW 1-1 MCY
By Bree Reidy