W-League preview: Jets face Sky Blues


The Jets’ Westfield W-League side have set their focus on backing up a Round 1 win over Western Sydney as they face competition powerhouses, Sydney FC at McDonald Jones Stadium.

In their second double-header for the W-League season, the Jets’ will kick off against the travelling Sky Blues at 5pm, as they look to bounce back from a 3 – 1 loss to the Roar in Round 1.

Westfield W-League Head Coach, Craig Deans said the side would be buoyed by the return of his Young Matildas from World Cup Qualifiers.

“It’s great to have Sophie (Nenadovic), Clare (Wheeler) and Cortnee (Vine) back this week, and they’ve slotted right back into training,” said Deans.

“Our starting XI performed really well last week, as did the girls who came on from the bench – a selection headache is a good problem to have and really showcases the depth of our squad.”

The fixture will see defender, Cassidy Davis notch up her 50th W-League appearance as she joins Gema Simon and Tara Andrews with more than 50 caps for the club.

Deans was wary of a disappointed Sydney side following their opening round loss.

“Sydney aren’t a team that are renowned for losing two matches in a row,” he added.

“I’m expecting a different side and a very different performance, they’re a strong club and with players like De Vanna, Logarzo and Cooper, we’ll need to be at our best.”

“We’re better for the run last week as well as another week on the training pitch, we’re really starting to see our combinations come together and I’m expecting another improved performance.”

Saturday 4 November, 2017

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC

McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 5pm (AEDT)

Referee: Kelly Jones

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #WLeague #NEWvWEL

Newcastle Jets squad: 2.Hannah BREWER, 3.Natasha PRIOR, 5.Arin GILLILAND, 6.Cassidy DAVIS, 8.Sophie NENADOVIC, 9.Katie STENGEL, 10.Emily VAN EGMOND, 11.Cortnee VINE, 12.Tara ANDREWS, 16.Nikola ORGILL, 17.Jenna KINGSLEY, 18.Clare WHEELER, 19.Ash BRODIGAN, 20.Claire COEHLO (gk), 21.Pana PETRATOS, 23. Tori HUSTER, 28.Britt ECKERSTROM (gk)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 8.Sophie NENADOVIC (returns from international duty), 11.Cortnee VINE (returns from international duty), 18.Clare WHEELER (returns from international duty)

Outs: 14.Tara PENDER (omitted)

Unavailable: Nil

Sydney FC squad: 1.Sham KHAMIS (gk), 2.Teresa POLIAS (c), 3.Remy SIEMSEN, 4.Elizabeth RALSTON, 6.Chloe LOGARZO, 7.Rachael SOUTAR, 8.Amy HARRISON, 10.Kylie LEDBROOK, 11.Lisa DE VANNA, 12.Teigen ALLEN, 13.Georgia YEOMAN-DALE, 15.Caitlin COOPER, 16.Emily SONNETT, 17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU, 19.Leena KHAMIS, 20.Princess IBINI, 30.Sheridan RAINEY (GK)

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 3.Remy SIEMSEN (returns from international duty), 11.Lisa DE VANNA (returns from suspension), 17.Angelique HRISTODOULOU (returns from suspension), 20.Princess IBINI (returns from International Duty)

Outs: 14.Emma ROLSTON (not selected), 21.Julia VIGNES (not selected)

Unavailable: Nil