After starting for the Matildas against Chile at the same venue four days earlier, Gema Simon led her side in the absence of fellow Matilda Emily van Egmond, who was not risked by coach Craig Deans after suffering knee soreness in the aftermath of the two international friendlies.

For Canberra United, Ellie Carpenter captained the side after an impressive outing on Tuesday night, with Maria Rojas also backing up after playing the full 90 minutes for Chile.

The Jets enjoyed the better of the opening half but failed to break down a stubborn Canberra side, and just as the two sides looked destined to enter the interval without a goal, Cortnee Vine produced an early contender for 'Goal of the Season'.

Receiving the ball just inside the corner of the penalty area, Vine unleashed a curling effort with the outside of her right foot which gave Shamiran Khamis absolutely no chance in the Canberra goal.

It was Vine's second career W-League goal, and it proved to be the last kick of the half as the Jets went into the changerooms with the one goal advantage.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, with the Jets continuing to dominate proceedings, without seriously troubling the away side's goal.

In the 68th minute, the hosts looked certain to double their tally, but former Jet Nikola Orgill produced a miraculous piece of defending to deny Kingsley a certain goal after excellent work by Collister.

Despite Newcastle's domination, Canberra worked their way back into the contest and should have levelled proceedings in the 78th minute when Karly Roestbakken wastefully headed over after being found unmarked from a set piece.

The visitors went even closer five minutes from time when Laura Hughes's deflected long range effort left home goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom wrong footed, but her shot agonisingly sailed just the wrong side of the post.

Carpenter was easily Canberra's best on the night, but her effort in the dying moments summed up her side's night, as her shot sailed wide with the last kick of the game, as the Jets held on to claim all three points.  

Libby Copus-Brown made her first start for the Jets since 2015 and combined with pocket dynamo Clare Wheeler in the heart of midfield to continually deny Canberra the opportunity to play out.

The home side dominated possession for large periods of the match and made it difficult for Canberra to link up with Rhoda Mulaudzi, who cut a lonely figure up front for the visitors but will feel they thoroughly deserved their first victory of the season.