Craig Deans laments lack of luck in W-League season

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It’s been a rough few weeks in the Newcastle Jets’ W-League camp. A long term injury to Taylor Smith, a suspension for Larissa Crummer and now a painful loss in injury time.

Losing a game in injury time never feels good, especially when you’re leading in the 90th minute. Adelaide scored two goals in injury time to snatch the points from Newcastle whose finals hopes are now looking more and more out of reach.

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Craig Deans was visually shattered after the game. The false hope of an own goal giving his team the lead in the 85th minute was goal was short lived when the Reds stole victory at the death.

“We’ve had zero luck this year,” said Deans.

“If you’re relying on luck to win, that’s a dangerous game to play.

The Jets are now six points off fourth spot and the remaining five games are all against opposition above Newcastle on the table.

“Everyone we play from now on is above us. It’s purely in our hands. We don’t have to worry about other results.

The team that took the field on Monday morning featured a number of players on the fringes of the first team due to injury problems and suspensions. This gave way for rare starts for Pena Petratos and Teigan Collister who impressed when she opened the scoring with her maiden goal – a classy finish on a difficult angle.

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It’s likely we could see more from the likes of Collister and Cortnee Vine as Katie Stengel recovers from an injury that could be long-term.

“I’m waiting to find out from the doctor.

She could be out for the rest of the season,” Deans said.

Stengel’s injury is a big concern for the Jets because she’s been a very important component of Craig Deans’ attacking setup. Without Stengel and Smith in the attack, the Jets look relatively inexperienced and light on up front.

The Jets are running out of time to turn their season around, and the team’s injury woes are making the prospect of a finals challenge a very difficult undertaking.

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Harry Keating
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