Liberty A-League report: Jets 0-1 Victory

Melbourne Victory clinched a third straight win in the Liberty A-League, overcoming the Newcastle Jets 1-0 on Tuesday.


Victory squandered numerous chances in the first half at McDonald Jones Stadium, but found a winner shortly after the break.

Brooke Hendrix headed in a set-piece in the 55th minute to give Victory a third consecutive win and yet another clean sheet.

Victory made a bright start and put the Jets under heavy pressure in the first half.

After Alex Chidiac tested Jets goalkeeper Claire Coelho from distance, Kyra Cooney-Cross – back after being away with the Commonwealth Bank Matildas – and Catherine Zimmerman almost combined.

It took a superb save from Coelho to deny Victory a 20th-minute opener, the shot-stopper making a reflex stop to keep out Zimmerman’s effort from a Chidiac cross after a flowing team move.

Alana Murphy, who scored her first Liberty A-League goal against the Wellington Phoenix on Friday, fired just wide from 20 yards on the half-hour mark after receiving a pass from the lively Cooney-Cross.

Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont was forced into a save 10 minutes prior to half-time, denying Sophie Harding.

And the visitor finished the first half with a flurry and was unlucky not to be ahead.

Cooney-Cross fired across the face before Coelho denied Maja Markovski from point-blank range, the striker shooting into the goalkeeper’s feet after a Chidiac header into her path.

Chidiac then hit the post and Claudia Bunge headed a corner over as the teams went into the break at 0-0.

Victory finally opened the scoring in the 55th minute through Hendrix, who made her first Victory start.

Murphy curled in a superb set-piece from the left and Hendrix headed in via the inside of the post.

Victory continued to push and Chidiac saw a good 20-yard strike tipped over by Coelho on the hour-mark.

The Jets enjoyed more chances late on before Zimmerman fired wide in additional time as Victory held out for three points.

Key moment

What they said – Hendrix

on her game…
“I feel like I’m still knocking a little bit of the rust off, but it was exciting, it was back and forth, it was everything you want when you’re playing.

on the defence…
“We’re pretty young and I think the more we can build off each other and each win and get to know each other a bit more, it’s going to be even better.

Player in focus

Returning from international duty and a suspension, Cooney-Cross quickly found her rhythm again. The Matilda started in attack and was a constant threat against the Jets.


A third straight win kept Victory (18 points) in fourth, but it holds a game in hand on Sydney FC (25), City (21) and Adelaide United (18).


Liberty A-League 2021/22 Round 6
Newcastle Jets 0
Melbourne Victory 1
(Brooke Hendrix 55′)

Newcastle Jets: Coelho (gk); Jaber, Davis, Fenton, Simon (Gooch 74′); Johnson (Allan 55′), Gordon, Brodigan; Eddy, House (Dolvik 74′), Harding.
Melbourne Victory:
Dumont (gk); Doran, Bunge, Hendrix, Nevin; Jackson (c), Murphy (Barbieri 78′), Chidiac (Eliadis 88′); Cooney-Cross, Markovski (Withers 69′), Zimmerman.

Yellow cards: Doran 14′, Eddy 64′, Gordon 79′
Red cards:
Attendance: 1,135
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium

Next up

Victory’s busy run of fixtures continues with a clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Saturday.