04/03/2024

Jets Forward Murphy Agnew suffered a back injury in their 2-0 loss to the Roar on Friday night. (Image: Newcastle Jets)

The Brisbane Roar completed the double over Newcastle with a 2-0 victory at Number Two Sportsground. The Jets struggled to break down the Roar defence on a wet night in Newcastle, extending their winless streak to four.

Roar captain Katrina Gorry bagged a brace as she made the most of the dry conditions in the first half before the heavens opened. The Matildas star put on another clinic as she controlled the ball with ease around the park.

The Jets found themselves trailing inside the first ten minutes again after Gorry’s stunning effort from almost 30 metres out. The midfielder eased her way around the box before shooting across her body and into the far edge of the net.

Newcastle’s run of slow starts continued, twelve of their eighteen conceded goals this season have come in the opening half. Coach Ash Wilson is growing tired of watching her team concede early but is starting to see some development.

“It is [disappointing], it’s something we’ve been talking about a lot,” Wilson said post-match.

“We spoke about how important it is to have a good start, which I thought we did today. But to be starting well, we need to make sure we’re not conceding in those moments.

“So it was frustrating, it was really frustrating.

“The positive was to see how the girls responded, it wasn’t like previous weeks. We were up and about and taking it to them from the moment we conceded.”

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Chasing a ball over the top, Newcastle forward Murphy Agnew had contact from Brisbane Goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff and came off second best. Agnew was motionless for a few minutes as fans held their breath.

She eventually made it to her feet and was stretchered off in tears, with a green whistle in hand. The Jets physio is confident she’s suffered a back injury and is optimistic it’s on the better end of the spectrum.

Wilson is hopeful Agnew won’t be away from the team for too long.

“We’re pretty sure it’s something in her back,” Wilson said.

“You never like to see a player down for any reason, especially something like this that has the potential to be so serious.

“She came back out to the bench, so we’re hopeful it’s not as bad as we first feared.

“We’ll get that looked at tomorrow and know more over the next few days.”

The second half started on better terms for the home side, controlling the ball early which led to Sarah Griffith being able to get a shot off from roughly 10 yards out in the 53rd minute. Unfortunately, she put it over the bar trying to clear Hancuff’s massive goal presence.

The pressure was eased when Gorry was allowed her second against the run of play as the rain started to come down.

Newcastle continued to pepper Brisbane’s defence all the way through to the 97th minute when Griffith put through a last-minute cross and Adriana Konjarski couldn’t capitalise with the last kick of the game.

Marking their third-straight loss, Jets captain Cass Davis told The Inner Sanctum it’s starting to be tough for the squad. The 28-year-old thinks a few days away over Christmas will be enough for the squad to reset and come back better.

“To be honest, [the group] is pretty flat, there’s no hiding that,” Davis said.

“The last two games against City and Victory really hurt us with conceding so many goals, and then another two today.

“It’s quite deflating when we work so hard, even on the pitch people can see we were trying and just still falling short.

“I think it will be good for us to have a break. The girls can go see their families over Christmas and then we’ll get back into it next week.”

After talking up their return home during the week, it was a flattening result for supporters. Davis was disappointed they had to see that result but was confident they still played well enough to keep people coming back.

“I thought we gave enough today, it’s really disappointing to finish the game and see that scoreline,” she said.

“We conceded two goals against the run of play, we even spoke about Gorry being able to shoot from range.

“It’s not something we wanted our supporters to sit through, but we think our effort was still really strong tonight.”

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