Leaders City edge tough win over Jets

Melbourne City have defeated Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium in front of a healthy crowd of 3292 to continue their undefeated run, making it eight wins from eight matches in their inaugural Westfield W-League season.

The away side created the first chance of the game in the sixth minute as Larissa Crummer ran onto an exquisite Beatrice Goad through ball, scoring into the bottom right hand corner only to see the assistant referee’s flag raised for offside.

On 18 minutes, Jets defender Hannah Bromley made a statement to the Melbourne City side that the Jets were extremely hungry and would make the league leaders work hard in the front third, desperately blocking shots from Kim Little and Steph Catley inside the penalty area.

Five minutes before half-time, a Lisa De Vanna cross-turned-shot almost crept into the bottom left hand corner, however Jets keeper Hannah Southwell was up to the task, diving well to her right.

The Jets had defended well all half against the dominant City and looked set to keep the score at 0-0 at the half-time break, however Goad scored a minute before the interval with a shot from just outside the box after great build up play by Little.

After the break City returned to their attacking ways, with De Vanna looking to double their lead with a sneaky chip from outside the penalty area however Southwell caught it comfortably.

The Jets got right back into the game in the second half, matching City in the middle third but lacking intensity in the front despite creating a number of chances.  They continued to defend superbly but could not find an equaliser.

Both Southwell and Melbourne City keeper Brianna Davey were in great form in the second half and were unable to be beaten.

The match finished 1-0 as the leaders extended their winning run, ahead of a home match against Perth Glory next Sunday. Newcastle Jets will host Adelaide United on Saturday.