Newcastle and Brisbane drew 1-1 in an entertaining clash in Newcastle this evening. Club legend Tara Andrews opened the scoring in the first half, before Emily Gielnik equalised in the second period.
1. Ash Wilson deserves plenty of credit
The Jets have been the surprise packets this season, being competitive in every single game. Considering the off-field dramas plaguing the club, for coach Ash Wilson to get the team to play with the spirit they have is a testament to her and to her team.
A solitary point from their opening three games doesn’t do the Jets justice. They should of beaten Sydney FC last weekend, and probably deserved more tonight.
They had 28 balls into the box compared to Brisbane’s 23 and both teams had 15 shots on goal. The Jets also had 56% of the territory.
Brisbane were one of the favourites this season, so the Jets can hold their heads up high despite the fact they will be disappointed not to win tonight.
2. Brisbane have an unwanted record
Four draws in a row is a W-League first. For a team who was considered a genuine title contender, it simply isn’t good enough.
Jake Goodship won’t have any hair left come the end of the season. The Roar are creating chances but not putting them away.
Matilda Emily Gielnik was furious post game and rightly so. She lamented her team’s poor finishing and also at times disjointed performance.
Goodship himself lamented the inability of his team to put the goals away.
Tameka Yallop is back next week against Melbourne Victory and that will help but time is running out for the Roar.
3. More W-League games on TV is fantastic
While Foxtel have copped plenty of criticism for some flaws in their coverage this season, at least fans have better access to games.
Sunday night prime time games are a great time slot for fans watching at home.
It gives the women plenty of exposure as fans tune in to the TV to end their week.
While bums on seats is most important and Sunday night won’t work for that, eye balls on TV is just as important to bring dollars into the game.
To their credit the Jets and Roar put on an entertaining end to end game.
More exposure is what women’s football fans have demanded and that is what we are getting.
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