The Newcastle Jets needed to win by a two goal margin to play finals football in the Westfield W-League but a lack of belief left their last game of the season a 0-0 draw with Brisbane Roar.

Newcastle sat three points behind fourth placed Brisbane Roar coming into Round 14. To make the W-League finals the Jets required a win and at least two goals in order to overtake Roar on goal difference.

Despite the obvious desperation the Newcastle squad lacked the drive and creativity to take the win and proceed to finals, displaying a flat performance with minimal opportunities.

Amy Chapman found the back of the net for Brisbane Roar in the 26th minute, but not before the offside flag was raised.

The squad didn’t seem to learn from their mistakes as Gabrielle Marzano put one past Jets keeper Hannah Southwell two minutes later, only to be called offside.

Jenna Kingsley got into a good position from a free kick in the 31st minute, sending a header on target and right into the hands of Haley Kopmeyer.

Newcastle’s best chance came from Georgia Yeoman-Dale who went one on one with Brisbane keeper Kopmeyer in the 33rd minute however sent the ball straight past the sticks and out of bounds.

Both teams hit the sheds in a deadlock, neither looking dangerous enough to get on the scoreboard.

Brisbane seemed content with a draw that would send them to the finals, focusing on defence to deny the home team the goals they needed.

The second half saw both teams pick up, adding some aggression to the mix in an attempt to create an opportunity.

There was a mix of weak chances for both teams but the closest call came in extra time as Brisbane set up their best chance. Southwell however collected the ball in a desperate attempt to maintain a cleansheet.

While the Newcastle Jets W-League campaign has ended it’s been a hopeful season for the squad and there’s certainly potential for an improved campaign in Westfield W-League season next year.

Brisbane head into finals football where an undefeated Melbourne City squad will challenge the final four for the title.

 

Newcastle Jets: 1. SOUTHWELL Hannah, 2. NENADOVIC Sophie, 3. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 4. OYSTER Megan, 5. DYDASCO Caprice, 6. DAVIS Cassidy, 7. SIMON Gema (C), 9. ANDREWS Tara, 12. LOGARZO Chloe, 14. MILLER Brooke, 17. KINGSLEY Jenna

Subs: 10. DOBSON Rhali, 15. COPUS-BROWN Elizabeth, 18. WHEELER Clare, 20. COELHO Claire (GK)

Brisbane Roar: 1. KOPMEYER Haley (GK), 3. CHAPMAN Amy, 4. POLKINGHORNE Clare (C), 6. BEARD Angela, 7. MARZANO Gabrielle, 10. GORRY Katrina, 11. YALLOP Kirsty, 13. BUTT Tameka, 14. O’BRIEN Summer, 15. BLACKBURN Ruth, 17. GIELNIK Emily

Subs: 8. NORRIE Ayesha, 12. FOOTE Alisha, 19. PERSSON Sofie, 20. SIMPSON Carrie (GK)

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