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Brisbane Roar gave Newcastle a footballing lesson on Saturday defeating the last placed home side 6-2 at Wanderers Oval.
The win gives Brisbane second spot on the W-League ladder just three points behind leaders Melbourne Victory.
It was a tough afternoon for the home side with defence again being their Achilles heel, an area which the Roar capitalised on.
The Jets started the match well, absorbing early pressure from a Brisbane side who were eager to stamp their authority on the match.
Despite that, it didn’t take long for Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt and the Roar machine to get into gear.
Brisbane Roar were comfortably in control for the most part led by an Emily Gielnik double along with the ever reliable Butt giving the dedicated traveling fans lots to cheer about.
A cameo from the exciting Haley Raso who was used as a second half substitute gave the visitors another dimension to their attack. Starting or coming off the bend, Raso is proving to be a regular game changer for the Roar.
Her pace was too much for the Newcastle defence late in the match getting in behind them to score a well taken injury time goal to cap off a good win.
Roar dominated possession and were able to attack as they pleased either via the flanks or through the middle. Under this onslaught, Newcastle's defence struggled to stay compact and, even though they defended deep, Brisbane were able to find space in behind them at will.
It wasn’t all bad news for the home side, young goalkeeper Claire Coelho made her W-League debut replacing Elisa Campbell who had been ruled out with an ankle injury.
The 17 year old made a good account of herself pulling off some fantastic saves. The highlight of the day, a vertical leap Coelho made in the second half to tip an Elise Kellond-Knight long range shot over the bar to keep the Jets in the contest.
With little possession, a counter attack game was their only option and Newcastle had a great chance to open the scoring.
Good build up play led to a cross from former Roar player Hannah Beard providing a great opportunity for Rhali Dobson who skied her shot over the bar.
Those are the chances that must be taken against quality opposition.
Dobson continued to create opportunities for Newcastle in spite of that early missed opportunity.
Her combination work with Beard in a new formation for the Jets created several chances in their much improved second half.
Dobson's driving at the Roar defence won the penalty that was beautifully converted by Andrews and got herself a much deserved goal with a well-executed chip over advancing goalkeeper Kate Stewart.
Roar’s coach Belinda Wilson was satisfied with the overall result, particularly that they were able to score six goals.
However she was disappointed with some aspects of her sides’ performance in the second half.
“I was pleased with our defensive structure up until about 20 mins to go in the second half," she said.
"We started to lose our discipline defensively and that’s how they were able to score their two goals.”
Adding that “staying in the game for the full 90 minutes” would be an area they would look to improve going forward.
Newcastle were let down by some soft goals conceded but in attack it was a much improved performance particularly in the second stanza, possibly their best of the season to date.
The possibility of a Grace Macintyre return next week should give them some confidence going into their home match against the champions Sydney FC at Wanderers Oval on Saturday.