Matildas salvage draw against USA in Newcastle

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In their final hit out of the year, the Matildas were looking for revenge but had to settle for a draw against the USA on Tuesday night.

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In front of a Newcastle record-breaking crowd of 20,495, both teams came out firing but it was the USA getting the first chance. Lynn Williams took an early opportunity, however it was effortlessly saved by Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams.

The USA remained dangerous in the early minutes with Ashley Hatch finding the back of the net in the fourth minute.

Hatch continued her attack on the Matildas in the 10th minute, narrowly missing her second shot at goal. The Matildas weren’t bowing out though with Hayley Raso creating an opportunity early in the 11th minute.

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Despite plenty of opportunities going the Matildas way, the defence from the USA side was too much and continued to prevent them from evening out the scores.

A head clash between Steph Catley and Margaret Purce saw the home side reduced to 10 for a short moment before Catley made her way back onto the field, much to the delight of the crowd. A further injury concern came for the Matildas in the 36th minute with Emily Fox landing awkwardly on Raso’s shoulder.

Another goalscoring opportunity came for the home side just before half time with Ellie Carpenter executing a magnificent cross to Sam Kerr, whose header went flying over the cross bar.

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Going into half time at 1-0, the Matildas were on the back foot after a slippery first half.

The Matildas wasted no time coming into the second half with Kerr taking an opportunity at goal after a fantastic run forward from Raso.

With plenty of excitement building in the early part of the second half, it was the visitor’s game to lose as the Matildas weren’t giving up.

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The arrival of the 70th minute saw both teams look to the bench with a double sub for both sides.

With the USA looking sure to score in the 79th minute, it was a well-timed tackle from Catley that stopped the visitors in their tracks.

With time ticking down and the game looking like it was going to end at 1-0, it was Kyah Simon after an assist from Kerr, who found the back of the net for the home side to even things up.

It was Horan who looked to get the win for the visitors just before full-time with her shot finding the back of the net, but it was called offside and the Matildas were still in the game.

At the end of an extra four minutes of injury-time, the Matildas would have to settle for a draw.

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Australia 1 (Simon 88’)

USA 1 (Hatch 4’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Sejin Park

Assistant Referees: Renae Coghill & Laura Moya

Fourth Official: Hyeon Jeong Oh

Australia: Lydia WILLIAMS (GK), Courtney NEVIN, Steph CATLEY, Emily VAN EGMOND, Mary FOWLER, Tameka YALLOP (Clare WHEELER 85’), Hayley RASO (Emily GIELNIK 71’), Kyah SIMON, Kyra COONEY-CROSS (Alanna KENNEDY 71’), Sam KERR (C), Ellie CARPENTER

Unused Subs: Teagan MICAH (GK), Mackenzie ARNOLD (GK), Angela BEARD, Karly ROESTBAKKEN, Charlotte GRANT, Bryleeh HENRY, Remy SIEMSEN, Jessika NASH, Charlize RULE

USA: Casey MURPHY (GK), Sofia HUERTA (Emily SONNETT 87’), Alana COOK, Lynn WILLIAMS (Ashley SANCHEZ 83’), Ashley HATCH (Morgan WEAVER 70’), Lindsey HORAN (C), Margaret PURCE (Kirstie MEWIS 70’), Tierna DAVIDSON, Rose LAVELLE, Andi SULLIVAN (Becky SAUERBRUNN 86’), Emily FOX (Imani DORSEY 77’)

Unused Subs: Jane CAMPBELL (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Matildas 

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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