THE pain of their injury-time loss to the Reds will be fresh in the minds of Newcastle when they take on Adelaide on Friday night in the penultimate round of the W-League.
The Jets are effectively out of the finals following their 4-0 loss to Melbourne City, which left them six points and 12 goals short of the top four with the away Adelaide clash and a home game against Wanderers to come.
Season-ending injuries to Emily Van Egmond, Katie Stengel and Taylor Smith have cruelled Newcastle’s campaign, which also suffered a major blow in round nine against Adelaide. The Jets were up 2-1 in the 85th minute before conceding twice in stoppage time.
The loss of co-captain Cassidy Davis in the 86th minute to a knee injury proved pivotal. The centre-back has bounced back well and was keen to help turn the tables on Adelaide, who are a point outside the top four.
“Obviously that was disappointing to go down 3-2 in the last five or so minutes, so it’s definitely something we will be thinking about playing in Adelaide this week,” Davis said. “We want to finish off the season strong and also prepare for next season as we lead into the last two games so we’ll be going to Adelaide working hard to try to get those three points.
“We just need to believe in ourselves and I think we lacked a little bit of that on the weekend against Melbourne. We’ve got nothing to lose now. There’s no pressure on us, the pressure’s on them.”