The Newcastle Jets Katie Gill, left, takes on Queensland Roar’s Karla Reuter during the W-League match at Oakes Oval, Lismore.
The Newcastle Jets Katie Gill, left, takes on Queensland Roar’s Karla Reuter during the W-League match at Oakes Oval, Lismore. Brenden Allen

Dumont almost misses W-League soccer clash

THE Queensland Roar can thank goalkeeper Casey Dumont’s mum for their 2-0 W-League soccer win over the Newcastle Jets at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Saturday night.

Dumont had a run of bad luck on her way home from her Young Matildas’ duties in Malaysia and almost didn’t make it to the game.

She missed her connecting flight back from Malaysia and the Queensland Roar bus left without her, so the team could make the 7pm kick-off at Oakes Oval.

It was left to Dumont’s mum to drive her down to Lismore in the pouring rain. She arrived just in time, if a little tired and flustered, and kept a clean sheet in wet and greasy conditions that hardly favoured goalkeepers.

Dumont was called upon to make several spectacular saves and hardly fumbled a ball all night despite the best efforts of the Jets to put one past her at the net.

With only six hours sleep in the previous 32 hours, Dumont’s efforts were all the remarkable considering the circumstances.

“I knew that I was in good hands and they would get me there somehow,” she said.

“You get put in these conditions and you know that you have to perform.

“You can either play crap, or you can rise to the occasion.

“Fortunately, I did.”

Her efforts drew high praise from Roar coach Jeff Hopkins, who must have been sweating on Dumont’s arrival as her mother raced his goalie down the highway.

“She didn’t fumble anything, everything stuck, and it is a credit to her the way she handled the ball,” he said.

“She played for the Under-20s in Malaysia, she’s flown back through the night, missed her connecting flight and her mum has had to drive her to the game and only arrived a couple of hours before.

“And then to go out and put in a performance like that is a credit to her.”

Despite the rain, a crowd of 1140 hardy souls were treated to a first-class game of soccer, with the Jets dominating possession and shots at goal, but failing to convert that to scoreboard pressure.
Indeed, Queensland’s Courtney Beutel rocked Newcastle in the opening 10 minutes when a long bomb from a corner was headed on and landed at her feet for her to nudge it past the Jets ’keeper.

From then on, the Jets were desperate to get one back, and eventually paid the price for pressing forward once too often, when late in the game Lauren Culthorpe found herself unmarked and able to chip a clever shot over the shoulder of the Newcastle ’keeper to round out the scoring for the night.

Given the slippery conditions, the amount of travel and the 2-0 result, Jets and Australian captain Cheryl Salisbury must have been wishing they had stayed at home and played the game in Newcastle.

“It sometime feels like that. You get back on the flight and think that we came all this way and lost,” she said.

“It was definitely frustrating towards the end of the game. We were all frustrated that we at least didn’t come away with a point.

“We don’t think we deserved to lose, but that’s the way things gosometimes.

“The ball doesn’t seem to be bouncing our way at the moment. Casey (Dumont) pulled off some great saves, kept them in the game and I think we are just not taking our chances.”

 But both teams had nothing but praise for Oakes Oval and the organisers behind the event. Hopkins said Queensland would definitely ‘love’ to come back.

“It’s a great venue to play in and we might have gotten a few more down here if the rain had stayed away,” he said.

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