Canberra United v Newcastle Jets: Three classic clashes


We’ve met the Jets 16 times since the Westfield W-League begun, with a successful track record to go with it.

12 wins, two draws and two losses is how we have fared, with one loss coming in Season 1 and the other just one campaign ago in Season 10.

Ahead of our 17th meeting on Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium, have a quick read of three of our past clashes, including the first ever round of the Westfield W-League.


Season Nine, Round Four | Canberra United 5 def. Newcastle Jets 2 – McKellar Park

Canberra United had a slow start to the season, losing to Melbourne City in their first outing after a bye in round one, but snuck a 1-0 win against Brisbane in round three and returned home to face the Jets in round four.

There were no signs of struggles though as the hosts came out firing and pressured the Jets early.

Michelle Heyman put United ahead 19 minutes in and Steph Ochs added a goal 14 minutes later as United peppered the Newcastle goal with chances.

The 871-strong crowd were baying for more but the Jets held out until the half, going in just two goals down and maybe still with a sniff of getting back into the game.

But Heyman’s second seven minutes into the second half seemed to put that notion away, and even when Rhali Dobson cut the lead back to two Grace Maher was on hand to extend it just two minutes later.

The Jets got one more back two minutes before full time as Rae Dower gave some youngsters a run, but Nicki Flannery’s effort in stoppage time restored the lead at the final whistle to three goals.


Season Six, Round 11 | Canberra United 5 def. Newcastle Jets 0 – McKellar Park

All season, Canberra United trailed Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC at the top of the table and as the games ran out the task of catching them became ever harder.

In the second last round of the season, United and the Jets were the second game and the hosts came out firing at McKellar Park as they looked to rein in Sydney.

Michelle Heyman scored seven minutes in to set the tone and the Jets were reeling three minutes later when Sally Shipard scored to push out the advantage.

United kept the pressure on and after 28 minutes it was three when Ellie Brush scored, and the increasing score line began to turn up the pressure on Sydney who would need to win the next day to jump back into first spot.

A goal just moments into the second half from Georgia Yeoman-Dale and a fifth from Jennifer Bisset rounded out the scoreline and kept United in contention for the Premiership, which they claimed the following week with a final day victory over Sydney FC.


Season One, Round One | Newcastle Jets 2 def. Canberra United 1

The first round of the Westfield W-League’s opening season pitted Newcastle Jets against Canberra United and the two sides walked out onto Magic Park to begin their stories in the competition.

It took just two minutes for United to score their maiden goal in the competition when Sasha McDonnell fired home to give the visitors a very early lead.

But the Jets worked their way back into the game and restored parity by the time the first half finished thanks to a strike from Kate Gill in the 24th minute.

And after an even second half the Jets pulled away late with Gill bagging her second as the clocked ticked over 82 minutes, the third brace of a historic weekend, to clinch their maiden victory.

The two sides met later in the year in a semi-final clash, with United gaining some revenge in a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Kara Mowbray.

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