High-flying Jets end finals drought

Newcastle Jets players celebrate after clinching a playoffs berth for the first time in nine seasons Source: Getty Images

Newcastle Jets have ended their decade-long finals' drought in style with an extraordinary 5-1 victory over Canberra United in the nation's capital on Sunday.

American striker Katie Stengel and Australian national team midfielder Emily van Egmond delivered when it mattered most, as the Jets chose a perfect time to end a 13-match winless run against Canberra.

Both scored first-half goals while Ellie Carpenter pulled a goal back just before the interval to give the home side a sniff.

Despite the end-to-end nature of the contest, it was the Jets who were clinical in front of goal as van Egmond extended the lead midway through the second half.

Stengel added two more in the latter stages for extra insurance.

The hat-trick also lifted her one shy of newly-crowned 'Young Australian of the Year' Sam Kerr in the race for the competition's golden boot.

Newcastle last appeared in a W-League semi-final back in the competition's maiden season, when their line-up including Matildas' legends Cheryl Salisbury, Jo Peters and Kate Gill.

Canberra must now earn at least a draw at league leaders Brisbane Roar and hope other final-round results go their way.

Source AAP