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The Sydney FC Women claimed three points in their match against the Newcastle Jets Women at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Sydney reminded Newcastle of their historical dominance over the side by winning their eighth game on the Jets home ground since 2011, and ensuring their position towards the top of the table.
In the opening minutes of the game, Newcastle Jets Women looked threatening and seemed to have bounced back from their loss against Canberra last weekend. Newcastle dominated Sydney FC’s half and created movement and passing to a promising effect.
It was Sydney FC’s winger Georgia Yeoman-Dale’s first time playing against her previous club, however, there was no love lost between the ex-Jets player and Rhali Dobson as each competed in pace and possession, resulting in both being fouled within minutes of each other.
In the 16th minute of the game, Sydney’s striker Remy Siemsen went down in the box after what seemed to be from little contact by American import, Megan Oyster.
The referee’s whistle was immediately blown and a penalty was to ensue on what a vocal diassaproving home crowd saw as a soft call.
Having stepped off the plane the day before, new Jets Keeper Katelyn Rowland was to experience her first challenge in her W-League season.
The Sky Blue’s returning Westfield Matilda’s striker Kyah Simon stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake in her strike of the ball. Katelyn Rowland stretched to her right, and by doing so chose the correct side, but Simon’s placement was too swift and hit the back of the net.
Immediately after the free kick was awarded, the Newcastle Jet’s Women acted out in frustration, picking up their play and creating many opportunities up front, however, Sydney’s defence was impenetrable and the game remained steady in the middle the field without a lot of activity.
The half time whistle blew and Sky Blues remained in the lead 1-0.
Entering the second half, the Jets were quick to make one of their chances count as Rhali Dobson struck a low cross from the left of the 18 yard to fellow striker Jenna Kingsley. Dobson’s precise ball found Kingsley’s boot but Sydney FC’s keeper, Sham Khamis was in position and blocked her shot, deflecting the ball out into the 6 yard and in parameter to Jen Hoy who made no mistake in finishing and claimed her third home goal in three weeks.
Immediately after the kick off, Sydney FC was quick to reply to the Jet’s equaliser and sealed another goal for themselves and putting them back in the lead. After driving straight into Jets front third a corner was given to the Sky Blues, and it was a Kyah Simon’s delivery to Nicola Bolger who produced a spectacular half-bicycle kick in the 47th minute of the game.
Both sides struggled to create chances within the last 20 minutes of the match with both teams tiring to the humid conditions, and it was the Sky Blues who maintained their 2-1 lead, returning to Sydney with the three points.
The Jets Women will go into a bye this weekend where as Sydney FC will travel to Perth to take on the Perth Glory Women.