16/04/2024

Newcastle Jets record their first win of the season. (Image: Newcastle Jets FC)

The Newcastle Jets have recorded their first win of the 2022/23 A-League Women season with a resounding 4-2 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Having gone down to the Brisbane Roar in their season opener, the Jets bounced back in a high-scoring affair putting four past the Wanderers with the American duo Murphy Agnew and Sarah Griffith finishing the game with four direct goal contributions.

Having both been signed in the offseason, they’ve proven early to be welcomed additions, with Griffith a dangerous threat in attack on the right-wing causing headaches for the Wanderers’ defence all afternoon, registering five shots on goal and finishing the game with a hat-trick in a player of the game performance.

Having scored a brace in the first half, she’d pick up from where she left on in the second half to complete the hat-trick and was a major factor in the side’s first win of the season.

Meanwhile, Agnew was impressive in central midfield, creating chances in her own right, finishing the game with two assists.

Commenting after their win on the partnership, Agnew was full of praise for their teammate, saying they’ve been able to establish a good chemistry already.

“I think we just really work well together…I always know where she’s going to be and she knows where I’m going to be,” Agnew said post-game.

“It’s just nice to have that instant connection with the player and I don’t know maybe being American helps too.

“She’s one of my housemates so we spend a lot of time together…I think it’s just been good to hit the ground running.”

Having come across for her first season in the A-League Women competition following a stint in Europe, Agnew has taken little time adjusting to the Australian game. The 24-year-old said a short break in between seasons has helped while also praising coach Ash Wilson.

“I’m just coming off of a season in Iceland so I don’t think I really lost much game fitness,” she said.

“It was just nice to hit the ground running, in this league and it’s incredibly intense, really fast-paced.

“I think Ash has done a good job of getting us ready for it in pre-season and the team’s just been great and we’re ready to go again next week.”

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Agnew further credited Wilson for bringing her into the competition, saying she played a major role in bringing the midfielder out to Newcastle.

“Ash just had a great vision for the club and really drew me to Newcastle [and] talked about hard work and resilience,” she said.

“I was just really excited to come out. I’ve loved it it’s been so fun, it’s such a great place to live and such a great team to play with.”

Commenting on the result, Agnew was pleased to come away with an encouraging result.

“It was just a huge result, especially after last week’s loss,” she said.

“It was nice just to come out and get three points, especially since we were visiting Tamworth so it was a bit of a trip.”

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