The arrival of Sarina Bolden lifted the Newcastle Jets to an impressive 4-3 victory over Canberra United at the weekend.
Following the sudden departure of Kizinga Ndjoli Exaucee from the A-League Women’s (ALW) squad, the Philippines international made an immediate impact, scoring a brace at McKellar Park on Sunday 26 November.
Her stunning debut, and the efforts of Matildas star Emily van Egmond, skipper Cass Davis, Lauren Allan, Lara Gooch, Lorena Bauman and Izzy Nino, enabled the Gary van Egmond-mentored outfit to secure its second win of the season.
But, the encounter went down to the wire.
The hosts struck in the second minute, to lead 1-0, when experienced campaigner Michelle Heyman seized her opportunity.
However, Bolden replied almost immediately.
Van Egmond sent a through-ball to the 27-year-old striker who levelled up, 1-all, in the fifth minute.
Originally born in the United States of America, Bolden boasts 44 caps for the Philippines, scoring more than 28 goals for her country.
The ex-Western Sydney Wanderer famously claimed her nation’s first and only goal of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in a 1-0 triumph over New Zealand.
Newcastle hit the front, 2-1, in the 13th minute when van Egmond smartly chipped over the Canberra keeper.
Davis also went close, hitting the bar, while at the other end Nino was sharp in goals to deny United on several occasions.
The Jets managed to maintain their advantage at the break.
But, Canberra tied the fixture up at 2-all when Vesna Milivojevic converted a free kick.
United’s joy was short-lived with Bolden, thanks to the assistance of Davis, slamming the ball into the back of the net for a 3-2 margin in the 61st minute.
Despite play travelling from one end to the other, Newcastle soon flexed its collective muscle.
Sophie Hoban delivered a through-ball to Allan, whose right-footed shot pushed the Jets further ahead 4-2.
Canberra refused to surrender, and in the 90th minute, Milivojevic captured her double for the afternoon.
Although it gave coach van Egmond a scare in the dying stages, the Jets departed the ACT with the much-needed three competition points.
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