W-League Preview: City v Newcastle


The clash

Melbourne City will be eager to challenge Newcastle Jets again and continue their winning streak as they host their first game at AAMI Park this season on Saturday 18 January.

The team have had a strong start to the season, winning their last seven games on the trot, having gone over 400 minutes since last conceding a goal. 

Head Coach Rado Vidosic’s side is coming off a commanding 4-0 win over Canberra United last week at ABD Stadium as Kyah Simon led the line, opening the scoring in the fifth minute with a powerful strike from outside the area. 

City’s dominance continued as the half progressed and City were rewarded through the hard work of Scottish international Claire Emslie. The attacker’s gut running earned her side two penalties, the first of which she put away in the 33rd minute before Simon secured her brace from the spot in the 45th minute. 

Melbourne started the second half confidently with a three goal buffer. Despite Canberra’s multiple efforts to close the gap, City’s defence held strong. Emily Van Egmond impressed with a fourth goal later in the game, meeting Rhali Dobson’s pass with a superb volley to seal the result in style. 

So far this season, Newcastle Jets are the only team City has faced and failed to claim the three points, with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw back in Round 1. 

Despite the Jets’ inconsistent campaign, City are well aware of the threat the Jets possess. Led by Tara Andrews, the Jets have the ability to score on the counter as they look to move the ball quickly towards their star striker. City’s defence will need to be at their best if Vidosic’s side is to continue it’s unbeaten run. 

Last time they met

The two teams faced each other at the very beginning of the season in a tight game that ended in a draw (1-1) at No.2 Sportsground in Newcastle.

Striker Emily van Egmond had opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a strong low dive, before the Jets equalised in the 67th minute when Teigan Collister found the back of the net. 

Team News

See who’s in and who’s out of our Round 10 squad in this week’s Team News

What was said 

Melbourne City FC captain Steph Catley 

“Not conceding goals is massive and the key to winning a championship. We haven’t changed much but the more time you spend on the field the better things get. It’s much easier to attack with confidence when you have full belief in your backline.” 

How to watch

You can stream the match on Kayo Sports and the My Football Live App.

Where and when

City will be playing Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in a blockbuster double header on Saturday 18 January at 5.00pm. Don’t miss it, buy your tickets here

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