W-League: Gilliland treble downs Brisbane

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Newcastle Jets have claimed a vital win on Sunday afternoon after leaving Brisbane with a 3-0 victory courtesy of a first half hat-trick from American import Arin Gilliland.

Brisbane Roar arrived at AJ Kelly Park well aware that a win would be enough to send them top of the Westfield W-League.

Brisbane came out of the blocks firing early on, holding most of the ascendancy in the early minutes.

Early signs of Roar momentum were swiftly brought to an end after a moment of miscommunication between Mackenzie Arnold and her defensive line ended up in a loose clearance falling fortuitously for Gilliland who calmly placed her strike over a retreating Arnold.

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Gilliand again popped up to double the Jets advantage following a flowing counter-attack that ended with the American in acres of space to drill home a low strike into the bottom right corner

With Brisbane on the back foot it was Newcastle who turned up the pressure and intensity as they began to dominate play.

Gilliland soon reaped the rewards of her side’s efforts once more, completing her hat-trick with another acutely placed low strike past an outstretched Arnold to hand her side a three goal advantage heading into the half time.

Brisbane almost immediately clawed a goal back from the outset of the second half through Emily Gielnik’s strike that slammed into the side netting.

From that point on Newcastle bossed the midfield battle restricting Matilda’s duo Katrina Gorry and Tameka Butt’s influence in the proceedings largely thanks to the efforts of Jets pair Clare Wheeler and Tori Huster.

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A late ten minute surge from the Roar was kept out by the scrambling Jets defence who seemed determined to keep a clean sheet away from home.

The Jets win sends them to second spot on the W-League ladder level on points with Brisbane and Perth Glory.

Brisbane Roar FC 0
Newcastle Jets 3 (Gilliland 16′ 31′ 40′)

AJ Kelly Park, Kippa-Ring (1,282)

Referee: Casey Reibelt
Assistant Referee: Brad Burton and Danielle Potticary
Fourth Official: Lara Lee

Brisbane Roar FC: 1. Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), 2. Carson PICKETT, 4. Clare POLKINGHORNE, 6. Celeste BOUREILLE, 8. Kaitlyn TORPEY, 9. Wai Ki CHEUNG (63′ Abbey LLYOD), 10. Katrina GORRY, 13. Tameka BUTT (68′ Ayesha NORRIE), 14. Summer O’BRIEN (88′ Natalie TATHEM), 16. Hayley RASO, 17. Emily GIELNIK

SUBSTITUTES: 7. Ayesha NORRIE, 11. Natalie TATHEM, 15. Abbey LLOYD, 20. Georgina WORTH (GK)

Newcastle Jets: 28. Britt ECKERSTROM (GK), 2. Hannah BREWER, 3. Natasha PRIOR, 5. Arin GILLILAND, 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 9. Katie STENGEL, 10. Emily VAN EGMOND (58′ Cortnee VINE), 16. Nikola ORGILL (90′ Pana PETRATOS), 17. Jenna KINGSLEY (85′ Sophie NENADOVIC), 18. Clare WHEELER, 23. Tori HUSTER

SUBSTITUTES: 20. Claire COEHLO (GK), 8. Sophie NENADOVIC, 11.Cortnee VINE, 21. Pana PETRATOS

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