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A 2-0 loss to Sydney FC has the Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League teetering on the edge of missing the Finals Series with this weekend’s final home game to be the determining factor.
Goals from Sydney FC’s Kyah Simon and Leena Khamis mean the Sky Blues have secured a Westfield W-League finals berth with one game still to play.
The first goal was scored from a penalty by Kyah Simon in the 33rd minute. The penalty call against Jets Hannah Bromley means that due to card accumulation, the centre-back will now miss out on the final game of the Westfield W-League 2015.16 season against Brisbane Roar at Hunter Stadium this Sunday.
Jets coach Craig Deans said Bromley’s loss is not ideal for his preparation for the final home game in which his side will need to focus on finishing in front of goal.
“Hannah will be missed on Sunday in the back but it’s up front that we need to continue to focus on. We still had opportunities to at least equalise but we were poor with shots on goal and will need to improve drastically for our next game.
“Sydney was a good team with players that had a lot of experience, it will be something the girls take back to learn and improve,” Deans said.
The second goal was scored by Khamis in the 59th minute as she headed the ball into the bottom right hand corner from a cross by Jasmyne Spencer.
To make the finals, Newcastle have to beat Brisbane Roar by 2 or more goals and hope that Canberra defeat Adelaide. Newcastle and Adelaide both sit on 12 points. Adelaide lost to Perth 2-1 on Sunday but are still above Newcastle in goal difference. Brisbane Roar have moved to 15 points after winning 4-0 over Victory on Sunday.
Deans said the girls will be ready to make their last chance in getting into finals with their last game.
“It will be a good opportunity to bounce back from two losses and to prove that we are a strong team when the girls have confidence. We will need to score more than 2 goals but we just need to give ourselves a chance and remain positive,” Deans concluded.
The game against Brisbane Roar is on Sunday 17th at Hunter Stadium 2pm before the Hyundai A-League match.