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Jets' character test

Lanni McDougall who has scored twice in the last two games.

Jets’ Women face a test of character tonight when they return to Wolter Park for the first time in 11 weeks.

NPLW leaders Lions are the visitors, kick-off 7.30pm, still unbeaten and on the verge of wrapping up the premiership.

Jets’ young squad has been further hit with Sam Bambling and Jess Dillon joining the likes of Laini and Sharn Freier and Flo McIntyre on the sidelines.

But coach David Da Silva says one player’s injury is another player’s opportunity.

“It has been a challenging season in many ways, but we have four matches left and we will approach them as we have every other game,” he said.

“In times like this we look for character in players and in our squads, players who will step up when needed.

“We may not be able to catch the top three in the NPLW, but we still want to finish the season on a high note.

“These games, starting with Lions, are a chance to do that.”

The second phase of NPLW fixtures may have seen two defeats before last weekend’s 2-1 victory at QAS, but there have been positives.

Midfielder Aimee Cooke, pictured right, is returning to top form more than two years after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

Defender Annie Coyne is also impressing four months after injuring an ankle early in the game at Sunshine Coast Wanderers on May 4.

“It’s great to see someone like Cookie coming back to the kind of form we know she is capable of,” David Da Silva said.

After tonight, Jets host Capalaba on September 26, travel to Souths on October 2 and face Sunshine Coast Wanderers on October 8 at home in their final game.

Jets under 23s face their Lions counterparts at Wolter Park on Sunday at 11.45am looking to building on the goalless draw at runaway leaders QAS last weekend.

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