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Newcastle Jets FC v Sydney FC
Round 5 – 2.30pm Sunday 4th December at McDonald Jones Stadium
TV: LIVE on ABC1 and Fox Sports 4 from 2pm.
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Overall Head to Head:
Newcastle Jets FC 3
Sydney FC 9
2015-16 – Round 13: Sydney FC 2 (Simon (p) 33’, L.Khamis 57’) Newcastle Jets FC 0 at ANZ Stadium. Attendance: 2,650. Referee: Kate Jacewicz
Where they sit on the Ladder:
Newcastle Jets FC 5th (6pts)
Sydney FC 2nd (9pts)
Past 3 Starts (Most Recent First):
Jets – Lost Canberra 2-5 (a), Won Glory 1-0 (h), Won Victory 4-0 (a)
Sydney – Won Adelaide 2-0 (h), Won Victory 2-1 (a), Won Wanderers 2-0 (h)
After a disappointing performance in Canberra last weekend, the Jets will be aiming for their first win against Sydney FC in Newcastle this Sunday at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Last weekend the Jets fell back to earth with a thud, with a heavy defeat at the hands of Canberra, following two strong wins which saw them atop the Westfield W-League ladder by the end of round four. But, how things can change so quickly in sport, and as soon as they were up at the top, they were quickly deposed and the Jets slipped back the 5th, still one win from the top spot after round five.
There is definitely no cause for concern at the moment as Canberra have one of the best strike forces in the competition. Come Sunday, the Jets will need to be on their game again because, in Sydney FC, Newcastle has another lethal front third to keep their eyes on heading up the M1.
The visiting Sky Blues come into the clash on a three-match winning streak after a first round loss to Brisbane. Last weekend they took down Adelaide 2-0 at home. Young striker Remy Siemsen and an own-goal were the difference between the sides.
This season Sydney FC’s front pair in Leena Khamis and Siemsen have been in top form. It’s a tale of youth and experience with Sydney’s attacking weapons. Khamis, 30, a former Matilda and a Sydney FC veteran, has scored 37 goals in 72 appearances as well as scoring 5 times for her country in 25 appearances.
On the flip side, Siemsen is just 17, and in her first three Westfield W-League appearances, she has scored twice. Of the 6 goals Sydney has scored this season, Khamis and Siemsen have four between them.
While Khamis and Siemsen have been in great form, Sydney FC’s most experienced Matilda Kyah Simon hasn’t been able to find the back of the net this season. But, you sense it will only be a matter of time.
Caitlin Foord is another Matildas star who will line up against Newcastle this weekend, as will centre-back Alana Kennedy, another Matilda, who has been rock solid alongside Elizabeth Ralston in defence. The side has only conceded just three goals in four matches this season.
In fact, if you add up the Matildas caps between the two sides starting line-ups from last weekend Sydney have 146 caps to the Jets five, and that was without Simon (73 caps) and Servet Uzunlar (49) who are both expected to return this week.
It’s going to be an almighty challenge for the Jets come Sunday, and they will come into the match as huge underdogs, but what a story it would be if they could cause a mega upset in front of a big crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The Jets will be still stinging from their 5-2 last start defeat to Canberra in the nation’s capital and they will be looking for a better performance at home.
The positives to take out of the weekend’s heavy defeat were the two goals, the first to Rhali Dobson which came from a pinpoint cross from Captain Gema Simon, and the second to import Jen Hoy who scored her first from open play for the season.
Both strikers Dobson and Hoy will take confidence from those strikes and they will need to be at their best against former Jet Kennedy.
The Jets will be targeting their first win against the Sky Blues since New Years’ Eve 2011; Simon scored that day for the Jets and ironically so did current Sydney midfielder Nicola Bolger, for her former club. The home side will also aim to beat Sydney for the first time ever in Newcastle, so there is plenty on the line come Sunday.
Newcastle will still be missing Chloe Logarzo from their squad on Sunday with an ankle injury, while goalkeeper Kelsey Wys (ACL) has been replaced by Katelyn Rowland for the remainder of the season. For Sydney, Kyah Simon is expected to return as is Servet Uzunlar (hamstring).
Key: Novocastrian Spirit. Very few pundits expect the Jets to win this one, but Novocastrian teams love to be underestimated. If the Jets turn up with heart, desire and determination on Sunday, the visiting Sky Blues will be in for a tough battle.