ALW Talking Points: Goals galore, Dolvik, Finals hopes

It was a packed evening of football at McDonald Jones Stadium, and our Women opened proceedings with their clash against Canberra United, thrilling fans with a 3-all draw.

Although our Jets had to settle for sharing the points, there was a lot to like about our performance with the game’s opening goal in the 1st minute just a taster for the rollercoaster game that was to come.

Here are the talking points from Matchday Six against Canberra United.


The game produced a whopping six goals. The entertaining clash had it all, highlighted by a goal for the Jets in the first minute from Norwegian import Marie Dolvik. This was followed by a three-goal flurry in as many minutes in the second half that kept fans on the edge of their seat.

The Jets’ three goals were scored by Dolvik, Harding and Franco and now gives the team a tally of 12 for the season, which is just two less than their overall tally last season.

Our women will be looking to fix some defensive lapses though, as we surrendered our lead twice during the match forcing us to come back for the draw.


Dolvik has endured an interrupted start to her A-League Women’s campaign but shone brightly in her return to the field.

She opened our account with a first minute effort from just outside the box to help our side start the match well on top. The goal was clocked at 49 seconds falling just short of the Club record, with Morten Nordstrand taking that honour at 37 seconds in 2016.

It was Dolvik’s second goal for the club since joining ahead of this season – her first being almost an identical effort – and she will quickly become a crowd favourite if she produces more moments like that.

She also managed an assist later in the game and caused headahes for the Canberra defence in her time on the field, in what was just her third start for the Jets.


The draw against Canberra United still keeps the Jets within reach of a top four berth, but we will want to get a move on sooner rather than later.

Our side sits three points behind fourth placed Melbourne Victory but still have eight games left to play.

We have claimed two wins so far this season, to go with three draws and just the one defeat leaving us in 6th position with nine competition points.

The Jets are aiming for their first finals berth since the 2017/18 season, and will have a chance to jump to equal fourth when we come up against third-place Adelaide United this Friday night away from home.