ALW Preview: Newcastle v City

Our City Women will have their sights set on another three points this Sunday when we travel to Newcastle to face the Jets.

Dario Vidosic’s side has begun the season strongly and currently sits second on the table, undefeated after four games.

Here are a few of the keys to continuing that record and coming home with another three points this weekend!

Keeping the goals flowing

There’s no denying there are plenty of threats in the attacking third for City, boasting arguably the best attack in the league.

Across the first four rounds, City has netted nine goals, sitting top of the league in terms of goals scored.

While there have been plenty of stars shining in front of goal already, City fans would’ve been delighted with last week’s announcement that Emina Ekic has returned to the Club on a new two-year deal.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international netted four goals in just six appearances last season so will certainly add plenty of firepower to an already impressive attack.

Ekic made her season debut last time out seeing around 20 minutes of action, so City fans will be hoping to see even more minutes – if not a start – for the 24-year-old this weekend.

Tightening up at the back

Although our attack has been impressive in the early stages of the season, one area that Vidosic will be aiming to tighten up is the defence.

It’s been a little leakier than he would’ve liked through the first four games, conceding six goals – the most of any team in the top six.

While that is yet to have proven too costly as we remain undefeated and in a strong position, it’s something that will need to be rectified sooner rather than later if we’re to push for silverware this season.

The more positive aspect though is it’s mostly been a case of individual errors that can easily be rectified, rather than a systemic issue which would be more problematic.

City skipper, Rebekah Stott, has begun the season in fine form and her leadership will be crucial at the back this weekend and for the remainder of the season to ensure we remain rock solid and there are no lapses that lead to goals.

More Holly Mac magic

Sure, we might be biased… but it would take a brave person to suggest there’s been a better player through the first four rounds of the A-League Women’s season than our very own Holly McNamara.

McNamara has been named Player of the Match in all but one game she’s played this season and put in her best shift of all of these last Sunday against Newcastle.

She was credited with the assist for the opener after winning the penalty which Rhianna Pollicina converted from the spot, and only got better as the game went on.

McNamara found the back of the net for her second goal of the season not long before half time, before clicking things up another gear and scoring twice in six minutes to complete her hattrick midway through the second half.

Now leading the Golden Boot after her impressive start to the season, McNamara will once again be looking to wreak havoc on the opposition defence this Sunday in Newcastle.

Match Details

A-League Women: Round 5

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City FC

Sunday 19 November, 4:00pm KO

No.2 Sportsground

Live and free on 10play.