Newcastle Jets have claimed a spot in the W-League finals with a dominant 5-1 win against Canberra United at McKellar Park on Sunday.

A hat-trick to Katherine Stengel and a brace to Matildas midfielder Emily Van Egmond headlined a rampant performance from Craig Deans’ side.

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Both sides carved out early chances but it was the Jets who would find the opener with Stengel threading Van Egmond a pin-point ball for the midfielder to stroke home.

The away side controversially grabbed another just ten minutes later when Stengel picked up the ball after a tussle in the box and finished from close-range.

Canberra claimed one back late in the first half through young gun Carpenter charging past Hannah Brewer down the line and finishing brilliantly to Eckerstrom’s left in the resulting on-on-one.

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Heyman came close to levelling proceedings early in the second-half but the forwards dazzling run was undone as the ball got caught under her feet before she could get an effort away.

Newcastle’s Arin Gilliland came dangerously close to grabbing a fourth for her side but the headed effort could only find the left upright.

Van Egmond claimed a brace not long after the hour mark sending in a powerful low effort striking both posts and bundling home.

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The Jets extended their advantage with ten minutes to go after Stengel got up well to meet Gilliland’s cross and nod home.

Newcastle’s imposing striker putting the icing on the cake in the closing stages of the game breaking through the defence and slotting home off the right post.

Canberra will now look ahead to a tough test in Brisbane as they face the Roar in a must-win game as the season draws to a close.

The Jets taking the pressure off a strong challenge against Melbourne City next weekend after securing a spot in the W-League finals with a dominant win.

Canberra United 1 (Carpenter 42′)

Newcastle Jets 5 (Van Egmond 12′ 66′ Stengel 23′ 80′ 90′)

McKellar Park, Canberra

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Assistant Referees: Delfina Dimoski, Georgia Ghiradello

Fourth Official: Alex Twomey

Canberra United

1. Haley KOPMEYER, 3. Clare HUNT, 4. Toni PRESSLEY, 10. Grace MAHER (8. Liana DANASKOS 79′), 11.Elise THORSNES, 14.Ashleigh SYKES, 18. Taren KING (6. Caitlin MUNOZ 79′), 20. Amy SAYER (7. Nicolette FLANNERY 71′), 21. Ellie CARPENTER, 23.Michelle HEYMAN, 34.Laura BASSETT.

Newcastle Jets

2. Hannah BREWER, 3. Natasha PRIOR, 5. Arin GILLILAND (12. Tara ANDREWS 87′), 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 8. Sophie NENADOVIC (7. Gema SIMON 60′), 9. Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 17. Jenna KINGSLEY (11. Cortnee VINE 80′), 18. Clare WHEELER, 23.Tori HUSTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM.

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