THE loss of versatile defender Hannah Brewer to a knee injury was the only negative as the Newcastle Jets recorded their first W-League victory of the season in emphatic style.
Newcastle defeated Adelaide United 4-0 at Wanderers Oval on Saturday to leapfrog them out of last place after five rounds.
It was Newcastle’s best performance of the season and came after their worst – a 6-1 thumping at the hands of leaders Perth Glory.
But the victory came at a cost when Brewer, who has played key roles in defence and midfield this year, finished the game with a knee injury.
Jets co-coach Peter McGuinness said early indications were Brewer was likely to miss at least one week.
‘‘She’s got a knock on her knee which will keep her out for a week or so,’’ he said yesterday. ‘‘She’ll go to physio tomorrow but the first diagnosis is she may have done some medial ligament damage.’’
Left-back Brewer set up the first goal when her long pass found Tara Andrews, who finished off at the far post in the ninth minute.
American Angela Salem converted a penalty in the 39th minute after countrywoman Tiffany Boshers was brought down by Alex Natoli on the left edge of the area.
Andrews turned provider in the 51st minute for Kate Hensman, who came on at half-time for Alisha Foote, to make it 3-0.
The Jets’ third American import, Tori Huster, completed the Jets victory in the 65th minute when she volleyed home a cross from Gema Simon.
The improved performance came without the Jets’ sole Matilda, Emily van Egmond, who is in China with the national team.
McGuinness put the turnaround down to a change in attitude and intensity.
‘‘I think we just showed up ready to play this week and executed our game plan pretty well,’’ he said.
‘‘We wanted to play a little bit further up the pitch without the ball, put more pressure on the opposition rather than giving them time and space on the ball in their own third.’’
McGuinness said the Jets’ American trio were among their best.
‘‘Tiffany Boshers was very, very good in the first half and created a lot for us – to the point where they subbed off the girl who was marking her,’’ he said.
‘‘Angela and Tori were very good in the middle of the park and guided us around very well.’’
Newcastle face fourth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday at Campbelltown Stadium in round six.
In other matches on Saturday, Glory got the better of Sydney FC 3-1, Melbourne Victory defeated Canberra United 3-0 and Wanderers upset Brisbane Roar 2-1.