Eastern Suburbs Women struck four goals after half-time to secure a patient 5-0 win over Moreton Bay United Women at Heath Park on Saturday night.
Jets were resilient until the final half hour when the league’s second-placed side discovered their scoring boots to keep the pressure on Palm Beach SC Women.
Harkana Dixon opened the scoring inside 20 minutes, driving against the underside of the crossbar and into the net from outside the area.
Dixon headed wide her next opportunity while Rosie Sutton shot straight at Renee Rudder as Easts’ lead remained slim at the break.
The hosts’ attacking efforts eventually paid dividends on the hour when, after Rudder initially kept out Sutton, Tegan Riding was on hand to make it 2-0.
Five minutes later it was 3-0, Tiffany Roberts this time hitting home from a low Sutton cross.
Easts continued to put Jets on the back foot and added a fourth when Sutton’s shot fortuitously deflected off Sarah Ryan to send Rudder the wrong way.
Natalie Mueller capped a dominant second 45 minutes by firing in the goal of the night late in proceedings to settle the 5-0 result.
Speaking after the match, Easts’ Laura Harris was relieved by the second half improvement.
“We kept the ball well through the majority of it. It was a little bit frustrating in front of goal at times but I think it was a pretty solid performance,” Harris said.
Jets coach Gary Ward knows his team have work ahead, but is pleased with the early signs of his tenure.
“To go into half-time 1-0 down, I was immensely proud of how the girls played. We talked about structure and discipline and I think the first half they made it really difficult for the opposition,” Ward said.
Eastern Suburbs FC Women 5 (Harkana DIXON 18’ Tegan RIDING 60’ Tiffany ROBERTS 65’ Sarah RYAN 76’ Natalie MUELLER 85’)
Moreton Bay United FC Women 0