The Newcastle Jets women smashed five goals against Wellington Phoenix in a convincing 5-1 win at McDonald Jones Stadium last Friday.
18-year-old Kirsty Fenton opened the scoring by sprinting down the left wing and passing the ball into the net over the head of goalkeeper Lily Alfeld.
Fenton is a graduate of the Jets youth academy and is enjoying her first season in the A-League and celebrating her first goal in the competition.
Norwegian powerhouse Marie Dolvik Markussen wreaked havoc on Wellington’s defense and added to the scoreboard with an impeccable first touch, deceptive chop and thunderous strike.
Matilda midfielder Emily Van Egmond impressed with a dynamic display all over the pitch, creating chances from all angles and was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet.
It was difficult to say which position Van Egmond was playing in, she wore the number ten jersey but her supreme athleticism led her to perform descents on both sides and end to end from box to box.
Van Egmond started her career with the Newcastle Jets youth academy, and the Matilda star with 112 caps for Australia, was a big hit in front of her home crowd who cheered her on with every touch.
Prolific forward Tara Andrews scored two goals in two minutes and Sophie Harding scored the fifth to send the Jets into party mode.
Alex Nolan of North Coast Football recognized the rapid growth of women’s football both around the world and on the North Coast.
âWomen’s football is developing at an incredible rate and the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia will accelerate the growth and take it to the next level.
âWe have a lot of girls who aspire to play in the A-League, it was great to see Alice Webster get an offer to join the Jets Youth Academy.
âNewcastle Jets Youth Academy technical director Kew Jaliens will be at Coffs Harbor for the start of the season to share his knowledge and get to know the players better.
âAll the players on the North Coast will be looking forward to it for sure,â said Alex.
By David WIGLEY