It was a fiery battle for the wooden spoon and both sides approached the match with the necessary intensity.

Adelaide dominated from the kick-off and took the lead after Hannah Brewer went through the back of Chelsie Dawber in the penalty area and Amber Brooks coolly converted the resulting spot kick.

Newcastle bore the brunt of the pressure but defended adequately and slowly worked their way into the game, eventually equalising through a phenomenal Teagan Collister volley.

But Adelaide were irrepressable and Mallory Weber unstoppable, the American winger latching on to a deep cross and tucking the ball beautifully past Claire Coelho.

It was a cracking contest, one of the best these two sides have been involved in. Here's how each player fared.


Sarah Willacy - 7

Partly at fault for the equaliser after she failed to deal with a cross into the area, but she always remains an intimidating presence between the sticks.

Charlotte Grant - 8.5

Here's a coup for you - a bold prediction if you will - we think she's a future Matilda.

Very confident, capable performance: excelled in that right-back position by getting forward with excellent poise. Her deep cross was the catalyst for Adelaide's second and she could have had a goal (even celebrated). 

Matilda McNamara - 8

Strong positional sense allowed her to make several key interceptions.

Amber Brooks - 9.5

She is simply brilliant to watch, we cannot overstate how good she was tonight.

Sensational performance at both ends, leading by example. She'll be very disappointed with Adelaide's campaign this season, but she's been a very strong performer.

Laura Johns - 8

We were really impressed with Johns. She bombed forward down that left side all match and, despite trying to do too much on occasion, was a key cog in that Adelaide wheel.


Lais Araujo - 7.5

Her drop back into the backline - or at least a deeper role, as she still maintains a degree of freedom - paid dividends. Her final ball lacks, but her close control is formidable.

Isabel Hodgson - 7

Not the most involved of United's set-up tonight, but a decent run out nonetheless.

Georgia Campagnale - 7

She played a key role in those Adelaide breaks up the pitch, but lacked a little in the quality of her final delivery.

Dylan Holmes - 7

Took up dangerous positions on the edge of the box and could have had a goal, had she been a little luckier (and perhaps a little less inclined to rifle those efforts into Newcastle defenders). 

Mallory Weber - 9.5

It's between her and Brooks for our woman of the match, but we can't resist giving the chocolates to Weber. She's been sensational all season and tonight was one of her best. 

She takes the ball past defenders better than just about anyone else in the W-League: truly exceptional.

Chelsie Dawber - 7.5

Very capable performance, doing exactly what she needed to do and not a lot more to secure three points for United.


Ciara Fowler - 6.5

All substitutes were very late inclusions.

Emily Hodgson - N/A

Barely touched the ball.

Victoria Manseueto - N/A

Great to see her make her debut, albeit in sickening circumstances after that horrible head knock to Dawber.


Claire Coelho - 7.5

Whether she was stopping them with her gloves or her face, despite conceding two Coelho still had a strong performance tonight.

Gema Simon - 6

She's got bags of quality as we all know and she showed that towards the end of the match.

Still, overall we're a little disappointed by Simon tonight, who hasn't really managed to kick on after such a dominant performance last season. She just couldn't impress her sensational quality onto the match.

Hannah Brewer - 6

Mixed performance after clumsily conceding an otherwise slightly contentious penalty, but she did perform generally strongly in that defensive role and made a few key challenges.

Cassidy Davis - 7

Strong first half but couldn't quite replicate that momentum in the second period as Adelaide increasingly dictated the tempo, leaving Davis' supporting cast a little stranded.

Tessa Tamplin - 7.5

One of Newcastle's stronger performers and an important part of the Jets' equaliser. Withdrawn on the 80th minute mark.

Libby Copus-Brown - 6

Overrun in that second half, looked tired and soon withdrawn.

Clare Wheeler - 7

A tough night for Wheeler, who despite exhibiting her usual dynamism and playing her role as the key playmaker in this Jets lineup, was generally outplayed through close marking and a high pressing Adelaide midfield.

Paige Kingston-Hogg - 7

The story of Newcastle's night: very competitive in the first half, outgunned in the second.

Teagan Collister - 7.5

Deserves a lot of praise for that sensational volley, a truly superb effort. Controlled it beautifully with the side of her foot - perfection.

Tara Andrews - 6

Running at a goal every other game against Adelaide during her prolific career, Andrews just couldn't impose herself on the match.

Nickoletta Flannery - 6.5

Couldn't keep on the pressure and eventually withdrawn.


Panagiota Petratos - N/A

Renee Pountney - 6

She was a great inclusion, but she was fighting against a surging tide.

Jenna Kingsley - N/A