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ALW: Loss caps disappointing weekend for Jets

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It was the weekend, which could prove extremely costly for the Newcastle Jets’ respective A-League campaigns in 2023/24.

The women’s outfit sits precariously in the top six following a 2-0 loss to the out-of-form Melbourne City at City Football Academy Field on Sunday 10 March.

It came after the men’s squad departed HBF Park on Saturday night with a 2-all draw with the Perth Glory, despite holding a 2-0 advantage.

In a physical ALW clash south of the border, Newcastle seemed never in the game against a desperate Melbourne team.

In fact, it felt like the players from both sides switched jumpers during the week, such was the contrasting styles of previous rounds.

City was defeated 2-0 by the Brisbane Roar in its last A-League Women’s fixture, extending its winless streak to five, while the Jets fought valiantly for a 1-all result with Perth Glory at the Maitland Regional Sportsground.

However, on this occasion, Melbourne dominated from the start.

In the 34th minute, brilliant play from Hannah Wilkinson enabled Kiera Meyers to snare her maiden ALW goal for a 1-0 lead.

Newcastle striker Sarina Bolden went close soon after when her right-footed shot hit the woodwork following a terrific pass from Libby Copus-Brown.

City could have gone further ahead but Emina Ekic, dangerous all afternoon, narrowly missed the mark a couple of times.

Melbourne extended its advantage to 2-0 in the 56th minute when Bryleeh Herny set-up a successful Wilkinson.

The one saving grace for the Jets was keeper Izzy Nino, who made some sharp retrievals to keep them in the match.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Newcastle – needing a victory to keep its play-off hopes alive – began in the best possible fashion in Western Australia.

Thomas Aquilina helped Clayton Taylor shoot one past the opposing goalie in the 40th minute.

The Jets’ joy continued early in the second half when midfielder Lucas Mauragis made it 2-0 in the visitors’ favour.

But, that’s where the celebrations ended.

Former Newcastle star Adam Taggart proved a thorn in his old ALM club’s side, finishing off a David Williams through-ball in the 72nd minute for 2-1.

And, like so many other instances this season, the Jets faltered in the dying stages again.

In the 90th minute, Taggart salvaged a draw for the Glory.

Giordano Colli’s on-point corner found the head of the ex-Australian rep, who placed the ball in the back of the net.

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