NEWCASTLE will be without centre-back Hannah Bromley for their last-ditch play-offs shot against Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
Bromley gave away a yellow card and penalty in the 2-0 loss to Sydney FC on Saturday at ANZ Stadium and will miss the final-round game on card accumulation.
Kyah Simon scored the penalty in the 33rd minute after Bromley was judged to have elbowed Leena Khamis. Khamis scored the second goal in the 59th minute.
To make the finals, Newcastle, who have 12 points, must beat Brisbane, make up a two-goal deficit and hope Adelaide do not defeat Canberra. On Sunday, Brisbane moved to 15 points with a 4-0 win over Victory, while Adelaide stayed on 12 with a 2-1 loss to Perth.
Jets coach Craig Deans was critical of the penalty call and said losing Bromley was a blow. “If that’s a penalty, there would be 25 penalties in every game of football,” Deans said.
However, he said the Jets only had themselves to blame for their plight.
“It was one of the first times a team has had more shots on target and more balls into the box than we have,” he said. “It showed a lack of confidence from our players, but if you don’t score goals regularly, you put yourself under pressure. We’ve got one more chance to rectify it, so it’s now or never.”