AUFC women fall short despite relentless second-half

Despite throwing pressure and dominating possession in the second half, Adelaide United fell 1-2 to Newcastle Jets in Round 5 of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season at Marden Sports Complex on Saturday night.

Danielle Colaprico started after returning to the squad, while Sarah Willacy was in goals to replace Eliza Campbell, who is currently on Matilda’s duty.

Katie Stengel opened the scoring, with a smart lob over Reds ‘keeper, Sarah Willacy after she was played through by Cortnee Vine.

The Jets then doubled their lead through Victoria Huster, with a curling free-kick.

United defender, Katie Naughton, was immense throughout the clash, and capped off her solid performance with a header off Colaprico’s set-piece.

The host pushed for the leveller, and despite holding most of the possession, were not able to find the back of the net.

Key moments:

21’ | Alex Chidiac’s free-kick collides with the crossbar.

32’ | GOAL: Newcastle Jets open the scoring as Stengel lobs over Willacy.

49’ | GOAL: Huster doubles Newcastle’s lead, with a curling free-kick into the top left corner.

52’ | GOAL! Naughton gets one back, sending her well-timed header home following Colaprico’s inviting set-piece delivery.

71’ | Chance! Jenna McCormick headers wide of the post, only inches from equalising.

89’ | Laura Johns’ shot smashes the underside of the bar, and the ball bounces out in other close chance.

90’ | Alyssa Mautz marauds forward and drags her cross wide of the far post in what was the Reds’ final chance of the game.

Match details:

Saturday, 25 November 2017
Westfield W-League Round 5
Adelaide United 1 (Naughton 52’)
Newcastle Jets 2 (Stengel 32’ Huster 49’)
Venue: Marden Sports Complex
Attendance: 834