Jason Hoffman helped the Newcastle Jets notch up their first win of the new season with a 2-0 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium.
The win in Friday night’s rebel Female Football Round might prove to be an essential confidence boost for Ernie Merrick’s men, as they look to recapture the attacking swagger of last season.
Hoffman’s 26th minute opener came after he was teed up unselfishly by Nikolai Topor-Stanley and turned the ball in at close range.
A goal from Ronald Vargas in added time at the end of the game meant for the first time this season Newcastle had scored more than once in a match.
After the match Merrick spoke of his surprise that the Jets won, considering they played poorly.
“If you can play ugly and win that’s great, but I wouldn’t like to play like that every week because the defibrillator’s batteries run down and I think I was going to need it at one stage,” Jets coach Merrick said.
“In the previous games our build-up has been really good, our midfield control, our defence solid, and we were playing terrific balls into the front third and we didn’t finish.
“I showed them a few videos in the last two weeks, in fact I showed them a lot of videos.
“I knew I showed them too much because they were complaining they were running out of popcorn as I’m showing them the videos.
“The videos weren’t of the opposition, it’s how well we play until that front third and I wanted them to finish off.
“We do it at training but of course there’s no pressure at training and I felt we took our two goals well and were a wee bit unlucky not to score another two.
“Having said that, I reckon the Wanderers could have scored a couple as well, so it’s a funny old game. We played very poorly, a clean sheet, won 2-0, can’t understand it.
“The more I know about this game, the less I really know.”