Vine grows into starring role to kick-start Newcastle Jets' campaign

With key trio Tara Andrews, Emily van Egmond and Larissa Crummer absent and star striker Katie Stengel misfiring, somebody needed to step up for Newcastle Jets.

Cortnee Vine did just that and how, handing her side a 1-0 victory over Canberra United with a moment of brilliance.

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The 20-year-old produced an early goal of the season contender, deciding the encounter on the brink of half-time by bending the ball into the top corner with the outside of her boot from the edge of the box.

 

Not only were the Jets up against key absentees on Saturday night but also a pretty convincing form book.

Indeed, you'd have to go back as far as the Westfield W-League history books go to find their last home victory over the capital side, with it coming in the opening weekend of the inaugural campaign.

They also faced a dangerous-looking Canberra outfit, who had scored six times in collecting four points from their opening two fixtures.

Having sat out Round 1, the Jets lost their opener to Melbourne Victory, facing a troubling tally of 21 shots, but promise emerged from that loss.

After watching Melina Ayres score a stunning long-range opener before Natasha Dowie doubled Victory's advantage, Vine latched on to a sublime Stengel through ball to reduce the deficit.

While Vine was unable to go on and level the scoreline, she matched Ayres' effort in terms of brilliance in Round 3, showing the sort of quality the typically prolific Stengel failed to find.

Indeed, the stats told the story, with the American dispatching five shots but hitting the target just once.

The movement of fellow young Australian forward Teigan Collister, making her full Westfield W-League debut, also proved the perfect foil for Stengel as she repeatedly broke into dangerous areas.

While the Jets wait for their experienced stars to return and Stengel to rediscover her scoring form, they can keep faith in their talented homegrown hopes.