The Western Sydney Wanderers Westfield W -League team soared back into top four contention with a never-say-die victory over the Newcastle Jets at Magic Park.A second half equaliser from Chloe O’Brien looked to have salvaged a draw for the Wanderers until it got even better when Carmelina Moscato sent the large amount of Red & Black fans into raptures as she headed in from a corner in the 93rd minute.
It was almost the polar opposite of previous weeks for the Wanderers who had dominated matches only to see victory snatched away from them in cruel circumstances. This time, the Jets had the majority of the chances but the Red & Black made their limited opportunities count.
It was Newcastle though who opened the scoring almost instantly, scoring in just the second minute through Jenna Kingsley who met Rhali Dobson’s cross from the left with a classy back stick header.
Dobson continued to cause headaches for the Wanderers defence, shooting narrowly over the bar in the 20th minute following a sixty metre run before forcing Wanderers keeper Jada Whyman into a diving save on the half-hour.
Neither side could add to the score line before the break despite an abundance of shots in front of a buoyant 1,724 crowd: a number inflated by large contingent of travelling Wanderers fans.
The Wanderers got themselves back into the match when they equalised in the 57th minute with Chloe O’Brien knocking in a loose ball following a goalmouth scramble for her first ever Westfield W-League goal.
It was just reward for the midfielder who has been taking big strides the past six months having started the W-League season in impressive form after dominating in the state-based NPLW comp during winter.
Despite the equaliser the Jets continued to dominate the match but they failed to take their chances and they were dealt the ultimate punishment when Wanderers defender Carmelina Moscato headed home the winner in injury time to win the match 2-1.
The Red & Black are now within touching distance of the top four and with the lowly Melbourne Victory travelling to Marconi Stadium next Sunday, there is potential for a run of good results.
Newcastle Jets 1 (Jenna Kingsley 2’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Chloe O’Brien 57’ Carmelina Moscato 93’)