A DEPLETED Newcastle Jets came from a goal down to stun Perth Glory 3-1 at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday and breathe life into their faint W-League play-off hopes.
Matildas superstar Sam Kerr put the Glory ahead in the 34th minute with a trademark header.
But second-half goals to Arin Wright (57th minute), Tara Andrews (64rd) and substitute Cortnee Vine (92nd) sealed one of the Jets’ best victories in W-League history.
For almost an hour, it looked as though it was going to be another frustrating night for the Jets.
Although without big three, captain Emily Van Egmond and American imports Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith, the Jets dominated but couldn’t find a killer blow.
Finally, it came in the 57th minute thanks to a spectacular strike from Wright.
The American collected the ball near the centre circle, dribbled towards the edge of the box and unleashed a 20-metre thunderbolt which buried in the right corner.
Five minutes later, the Jets were in front. The ball fell to Andrews in the box and the midfielder hit a powerful strike which pinballed off the legs of keeper Eliza Campbell and a Glory defender and into the net.
Vine then iced the win in injury time with a well-taken goal.
Wright, Andrews, captain Gema Simon and keeper Britt Eckerstrom were outstanding for the Jets, who were given a standing ovation by the 1876 strong crowd.
The win was the Jets’ first in six games and moved them to 10 points, five adrift of fourth-placed Sydney FC with three rounds remaining.