The Central Coast Mariners’ Westfield W-League side has rebounded from last week’s loss to table-topping Brisbane in the perfect fashion, with a 5-1 demolition of the Newcastle Jets.
The Central Coast Mariners- Westfield W-League side has rebounded from last week-s loss to table-topping Brisbane in the perfect fashion, with a 5-1 demolition of the Newcastle Jets.
A Michelle Heyman double, and goals to Trudy Camilleri and American pair Lydia Vandenbergh and Kendall Fletcher sent Stephen Roche-s side soaring back to the top of the ladder.
“We not only wanted to bounce back from the loss, but we also had to treat them with respect. We were pretty pumped, and they certainly know what a derby is all about now,” said Roche.
“They came out in the second half with a little bit of pride, they were closing down quickly and trying to get in our face, we relaxed a little bit.
“The chances we did create we made sure they went in the back of the net.”
Lydia Vandenbergh began the rout within the first five minutes, when the American, who has been so impressive throughout the opening four rounds, tucked away a great cross at the near post, and within the opening 25 minutes, the Mariners had well and truly put the F3 derby to bed.
Michelle Heyman made the most of a defensive lapse to find herself one-on-one with Jets custodian Alison Logue, the former Illawarra Stingrays striker coolly slotting home, before adding to her already impressive season tally just three minutes later.
Heyman was unlucky to see a shot tipped over the bar by Logue, but the Newcastle ‘keeper could do nothing to prevent her from extending her personal tally to four for the season, when she converted the resultant corner following a mad goalmouth scramble.
The Jets came out fired up in the second stanza, taking the game to the yellow and navy, but a 65th minute penalty settled the ship.
Renee Rollason took the ball in to the box and did well to force the hosts into giving away a spot kick, Fletcher powering home from the dot.
Trudy Camilleri, for the second time in three weeks, rounded off the scoring after coming on as a second half substitute.
“She-s a super-sub. She-s come on twice and scored both times for us. She-s good enough to start, but there-s so many girls playing well and keeping her out, and Ashleigh Connor had her first start and was exceptional.
“They aren-t dropping their bundle, they really want to be there, so it-s giving me pleasant headaches,” said Roche.
Newcastle managed to find the net for the first time this campaign in the 87th minute through Tara Andrews, but it proved nothing more than a consolation, as the Mariners returned to top spot, ahead of Brisbane-s clash with Sydney this afternoon.
The Central Coast Mariners Westfield W-League team takes on Canberra United next Saturday, 31 October at Canberra Stadium, as part of a double header which also sees the Mariners Hyundai A-League side clash with Adelaide United. Kick-off in the Westfield W-League game is at 4:15pm, while the Hyundai A-League sides do battle at 7:00pm. Tickets are available online here or by phoning 132 849.
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Newcastle Jets: 1. Alison LOGUE (gk), 3. Pelay INGLES, 6. Amber NEILSON, 7. Gema SIMON (2. Libby SHARPE 43-), 10. Hayley CRAWFORD (c), 11. Carlie IKONOMOU (8. Bronte BATES 69-), 12. Emma STEWART, 16. Kirstyn PEARCE, 17. Maddy SEARL, 18. Leia SMITH, 19. Tara ANDREWS.
Substitutes Not Used: 13. Caitlyn JARVIE, 20. Emma-Kate DEWHURST (gk)
Yellow Cards: Neilson 54-, Pearce 65-
Red Cards: Nil
Goals: Andrews 87-
Central Coast Mariners: 1. Jillian LOYDEN (gk), 2. Caitlin COOPER, 3. Lyndsay GLOHE, 4. Rachael DOYLE, 8. Kelly GOLEBIOWSKI (13. Trudy CAMILLERI 65-), 9. Renee ROLLASON, 10. Kendall FLETCHER, 11. Michelle HEYMAN (16. Jenna KINGSLEY 71-), 12. Samantha SPACKMAN, 14. Ashleigh CONNOR, 19. Lydia VANDENBERGH.
Substitutes Not Used: 17. Britt SIMMONS, 20. Rachel COOPER (gk).
Yellow Cards: Connor 90-
Red Cards: Nil
Goals: Vandenbergh 5-, Heyman 21-, 24-, Fletcher 66- (pen), Camilleri 82-
Referee: Kirralee GARDINER