Newcastle Jets have impressed hugely so far in the Westfield W-League but they face their sternest examination yet as Melbourne City visit on Sunday.
The match will take place in front of the Fox Sports/ABC TV cameras, and is a rare outing on the city’s main stadium for the Jets.
Throw in the inarguable rare quality of the visiting team, and it makes for a special treat for local fans – one not to be missed.
The home side have impressed with their resilience, organisation and competance throughout this season under new coach Craig Deans.
Incredibly they have conceded just three goals – all from set-pieces – which, along wih City, is the lowest in the competition.
Now though they face a City side who are on target to break the competition’s goalscoring record. And in top-scorer Larissa Crummer they have a striker who has nabbed an incredible tally of ten goals from just six outings in City colours.
Newcastle’s ability to defend against City’s rampant all-round attack is in itself a fascinating sub-plot for this encounter.
City have won all seven matches since they joined the competition, and are already inching closer to claiming the premiership. Few would be prepared to bet that this is the match where they stumble.
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City
Sunday 13 December 2015
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Local kick-off: 2pm
(Hyundai A-League double-header)
* Watch all the action Live from 2.00pm nationally on Fox Sports (Channel 505), or ABC TV. Or catch-up on ABC iView.
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Newcastle Jets squad: Hannah Southwell (gk), 2. Sophie Nenadovic, 3. Georgia Yeoman-Dale, 4. Megan Oyster, 5. Caprice Dydasco, 6. Cassidy Davis, 7. Gema Simon (c), 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Rhali Dobson, 13. Chloe Logarzo, 13. Adriana Jones, 16. Siahn Bozanic, 17. Jenna Kingsley, 18. Clare Wheeler, 19. Hannah Bromley 20. Claire Coelho (gk)
Ins: Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Tara Andrews, Chloe Logarzo (all return from Westfield Matildas duty)
Outs: Kobie Ferguson, Brooke Miller (both omitted)
Melbourne City squad: 1. Brianna Davey (gk), 3. Alex Chidiac, 4. Jennifer Beattie, 5. Laura Alleway, 6. Aivi Luik, 7. Stephanie Catley, 8. Kim Little, 9. Larissa Crummer, 10. Jessica Fishlock, 11. Lisa De Vanna, 13. Rebekah Stott, 15. Amy Jackson, 16. Beattie Goad, 17. Marianna Tabain, 20. Trudy Burke (gk)
Unavailable: Monique Iannella (knee – indefinite)