W-League wrap: Victory downed by Jets


​Melbourne Victory suffered a 4-0 loss to the Newcastle Jets in the Westfield W-League on Sunday.

After Natasha Dowie had an early chance saved by Kelsey Wys, the Jets took an eighth-minute lead.

Megan Oyster fired a free-kick from the edge of the area into the bottom corner to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Arin Gilliland doubled the lead with a header from a corner on the quarter-hour mark, before Emma Stanbury scored a third for the Jets.

Victory continued to push in the second half and Lia Privitelli struck the crossbar just after the hour mark.

A Dowie header was cleared off the line before the Jets sealed their win through Jenna Kingsley in additional time.

Victory coach Jeff Hopkins rued his team’s failure to take its chances, but paid tribute to the Jets.

“Obviously I’m extremely disappointed in the way we went about the game,” he said.

“I actually thought we started well in possession and we created a few chances. I think we had two really good chances to go 1-0 up before they scored.

“But, in general, I thought they outcompeted us. I think that was the main thing. They were a little bit sharper to the ball and defensively we just weren’t there today. I’m not talking about our defenders, I’m talking about us as a team.

“Individually, one-on-one all over the field we were beaten hands down in just about every department.

“In saying that, we still created a number of chances, but when you just cough up the amount of chances to the opposition that we did today, you’re always going to be looking at a defeat.

“The real disappointing thing for me is just the way that we let them get on top of us, and dominate us, not so much with the ball but individually one versus one and that’s something that we’ll have to address before next week.”

Victory returns to action with a clash against Sydney FC at Lakeside Stadium next Sunday.

Westfield W-League 2016/17 Round 2

Melbourne Victory 0
Newcastle Jets 4 (Megan Oyster 8′, Arin Gilliland 15′, Emma Stanbury 23′, Jenna Kingsley 90′)