Having not scored at all last season, Cortnee Vine is two from two in the 2018/19 W-League campaign.

She scored a wonder-goal in Newcastle’s 1-0 win against Canberra United at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday night, and will look to continue her goalscoring form throughout the season.

What an absolute belter.

A reverse curler with the outside of the right boot, steering it into the top corner. That’s one of those goals that kids are going to try (and probably fail) to replicate at footy ovals across the country. Top marks to BarTV for the camera angle too.

The timing of the goal was perfect. Not only in the literal sense of how she struck the ball, but also in the broader context of the game – arriving with the very last kick of the first half.

Unsurprisingly, Newcastle stalwart Craig Deans was full of praise for her display after the match.

“I’m happy for her though because she is a good kid, she has a huge amount of talent, she works hard,” he said.

“She can work harder, and she’ll probably be the first one to admit that. I think this is something she needs to build on, not be satisfied with.”

Vine’s goal against Victory in round two, involving some excellent link up play with Katie Stengel, is the type of goal we’re more likely to expect moving forward this season.

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Stengel is very effective in holding up the ball, which allows Cortnee and other attackers to make intelligent runs beyond the striker.

“The goal she scored last week against Victory is something that we’ve been working on as a team,” Deans continued.

“We’ve worked a little bit with Cortnee making good runs off when Katie gets the ball.”

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The Jets were able to hang on in the second period thanks to a valiant defensive display and were awarded their first win of the season.

Given the two Matildas games wedged between rounds two and three, and a few significant injuries – the Jets will be thrilled to have kick-started the new campaign under difficult circumstances.

 

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Two goals in two games isn’t a groundbreaking record and it’s foolish to allow expectations for Vine’s season to blow out of proportion.

Despite this, the start of her season has certainly showed promise. Teammate and Matilda, Hannah Brewer, gave further insight into Vine’s off-season and her preparation for the new campaign.

“She’s had an amazing off-season. Last year she was, you know, getting back into it. She had a few niggles so it wasn’t her greatest season you could say, and she’d agree with that,” she said.

“She’s come along in leaps and bounds and is really pushing for young Matildas spots, and obviously Matildas spots if she can get up there.

“So she’s working really hard and at training you can tell that those goals she’s scoring at the moment – she’ll be scoring a few of them throughout the season.”

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