Jordan Women’s Senior National Team grabbed a well-earned 3-2 comeback win against Algeria in a friendly match that was held on Monday, June 19, at the Petra Training Field in Amman, in preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers next April.
Down 2-0 in the first half, Shanhnaz Jibreen, Maysa Jabarah, and Luna Almomani scored in the second half to give Michael Dickey’s side a dramatic 3-2 win over the Algerians, after a well-fought, flawless second half performance from the Jordanian ladies.
The first half witnessed a conservative performance from the National Team, which was met by constant pressure from the visitors in the first half-hour, during which the Algerians managed to open the score through a header from Myriam Benalzar in the 18th minute, after several chances that Jordanian goalkeeper and defenders stood against. Ten minutes later, Benlazar returned to double Algeria’s lead taking advantage of a poor pass in the back. The goals forced the home team to come forward and attack, but chances lacked effectiveness as the halftime whistle pointed to a 2-0 win for the visitors.
In the second half, The National Team moved forward to fight back for a draw, with head coach Michael Dickey fielding in Ayda Alsoufy, Rouzbahan Fraij, and Tasneem Abu Rob, to nourish and inspire the team’s attack.
Jordan managed to create a good number chances but lacked in convergence and finishing. Before the team took control of the game, dictating possession and play, forcing the Algerians to move towards the back. The high pressing, domination of possession, and attacking finally paid off as Shahnaz Jibreen scored Jordan’s first goal in the 68th minute, following a lovely one-two passing between her and captain Stephanie Al Naber, who assisted Jibreen with a fine through-ball inside the penalty box.
The goal boosted the home team’s morale, as opportunities started raining down on Algerians, with Algerian goalkeeper’s save to Jbarah’s sneaky incursion inside the penalty box (68), followed by Al Naber’s long-range shot that went inches wide (77).
Jbarah finally managed to equalize for Jordan as she beat the Algerian defenders to Fraij’s through-pass and struck the ball calmly into the net (78).
Substitute Luna Al Momani concluded the efforts of her teammates in the second half, as she broke the offside line after snatching Ayda Al Soufy’s pass inside the box, and sent the ball into the back of the net giving the hosts a well-fought deserved win.
Jordan’s lineup vs Algeria:
Malak Shannak – Anfal Alsoufy, Ayah Al Majali, Lana Feras, Haya Khalil (Rouzbahan Fraij) – Shorouq Al Shathli, Stephanie Al Naber (C) (Luna Al Momani), Shahnaz Jibreen, Mai Sweilem (Tasneem Abul Rob), Maysa Jabarah – Abeer Al Nahar (Aydah Alsoufy)
Dickey happy with the performance and morale in the second half
On his part, head coach Michael Dickey expressed his delight with the team and praised the “outstanding” performance from the players in the second half, which resulted in a 3-2 win after being 2-0 down.
Dickey said: “The second half was outstanding! The players were able to score 3 goals, and they dominated possession throughout, making it very difficult for Algeria to play,”
He added: “I was pleased that the team was able to implement the game plan that we set beforehand. Even in the first half, we were able to achieve some of the goals that we have set. But in the second half, the players managed to excel and implement the plan in full.”
“The result that we have achieved tonight is remarkable. A great night, and a great result for the players and fans who have come here tonight to support the team. We are looking forward for what awaits us ahead, and we are very optimistic!” Dickey concluded.