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Sydney FC have made it four wins on the trot in the Westfield W-League with a gritty and determined 2-1 victory over the Newcastle Jets at McDonald’s Jones Stadium on Sunday Afternoon.
The win also extended the Sky Blues undefeated streak against Newcastle to eight games.
Sydney coming off an impressive 2-0 win over Adelaide United last Sunday would have been brimming with confidence but it was the home side that made the better start with some free flowing football and enterprising play in the opening quarter of an hour.
However Newcastle had nothing to show for their early dominance and found themselves down 1-0 after Sydney FC Striker Remi Siemsen was bundled over in the box by Newcastle defender Megan Oyster. There appeared to be only minimal contact in the challenge and Newcastle could have rightfully felt a little hard down by.
Returning Matilda’s striker Kyah Simon was more than happy to oblige from the spot and drew first blood for the visitors.
The goal brought the Sky Blues into the game and the more the first half wore on their comfort level appeared to grow. Georgia Yeoman-Dale was unlucky not to have done better when her shot cannoned off the bar 12 minutes before the half time interval.
Newcastle continued to build pressure up until half time with balls constantly being put into the box that kept Sydney keeper Sham Khamis on her toes.
At the half time interval Sydney held onto a 1-0 lead.
Newcastle continued to play with vigor as the second stanza started and were soon rewarded with a goal to Jennifer Hoy no less than sixty seconds into the half.
Her left footed low drive was unable to be stopped by Khamis and it sent the home fans into a frenzy. Sydney would have been disappointed with their defensive set up during the play and space they allowed the Jets.
Sydney hit back almost immediately as Winger Nicola Bolger brought the away fans to their feet with a superb overhead kick. Kyah Simon headed down a corner and Bolger did the rest to give the Sky Blues the lead.
Sydney displayed their grit and determination over the rest of the half as some last ditch tackles denied the Jets.
Sydney was unlucky to be denied a third goal on 73 minutes after Leena Khamis fed Kyah Simon to slot home only for the goal to be ruled offside.
The humid conditions limited both sides opportunities and the game ended 2-1 to Sydney.
The win keeps Sydney 2nd on the Westfield W-League ladder on 12 points with four wins from its opening five matches.
Next Sunday Sydney travels to the West to battle Perth Glory at Dorriens Gardens at 7pm whilst Newcastle will look to bounce back when they face Melbourne Victory at home on the 16 December at McDonald’s Jones Stadium.