W-League | Controversial call hands Sydney FC victory

Sydney FC have made it four wins in a row after beating Newcastle Jets 2-1 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The blows began early in the physical encounter with Sky Blues’ defender, Georgia Yeoman-Dale giving some extra attention to her old Newcastle teammates. Before Jets winger Rhali Dobson stood her ground and returned the favour a short time afterwards.

Referee Kelly Jones awarded young Sydney attacker Remy Siemsen a controversial penalty in the 16th minute after she appeared to fall over her own feet. The controversial call had little effect on Kyah Simon though as she slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner to secure a 1-0 lead.

Newcastle reacted with warranted frustration when Jets’ attacker Jennifer Hoy tore apart Sydney’s defence and dribbled the ball into the box, before her shot was denied by goalkeeper Shamiran Khamis.

The Jets responded once more with overlapping run from defender Sophie Nenadovic, who provided a perfect cross to Hoy’s feet at the top of the box. Hoy fed the ball past Sydney’s defence to a running Gilliland that was ultimately intercepted by goalkeeper Khamis.

Yeoman-Dale wanted to make her mark on the match once more by firing off a long-range shot that beat Jets new goalkeeper, Katelyn Rowland, as the shot rattled the crossbar.

The second half opened up with a cross from Dobson to striker Jenna Kingsley, before the ball was blocked by substitute Servet Uzunlar’s boot. The ball ricocheting to Hoy’s feet and she punted it past Khamis to even the scores at 1-1.

Sydney FC responded fast with a corner two minutes later that saw midfielder Nicole Bolger recapture the lead for her team, after scoring a standing bicycle kick to make it 2-1.

Yeoman-Dale swiftly made her mark on substitute Grace Macintyre by squeezing her knees together to hold the attackers legs after the tackle. Referee Jones awarded the free kick to Yeoman-Dale, before Macintyre contended the call and secured herself the only yellow card of the game.

With missed opportunities and close calls at both ends, the score could have gone either way if not for the controversial penalty. The Jets will have a week off next round as Sydney FC maintain their winning streak and look to face Perth Glory away next weekend.

Newcastle Jets 1 (45’ Hoy)

Sydney FC 2 (16’ Simon, 47’ Bolger)

 

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium

Crowd: 2,525

 

Referee: Kelly Jones

Assistant Referees: Renae Coghill & Eleanor Hayes

Fourth Official: Rebecca Davies

 

Newcastle Jets: 1. ROWLAND Katelyn (GK), 2. NENADOVIC Sophie (15. COPUS-BROWN Elizabeth 79’), 4. OYSTER Megan, 5. GILLILAND Arin, 6. DAVIS Cassidy, 7. SIMON Gema (C), 9. HOY Jennifer, 10. DOBSON Rhali (13. MACINTYRE Grace 57’ – Yellow Card 59’), 17. KINGSLEY Jenna (11. PENDER Tara 68’), 18. WHEELER Clare, 19. BRODIGAN Ashlee

Substitutes: 20. COEHLO Claire (GK)

 

Sydney FC: 1. KHAMIS Shamiran (GK), 2. POLIAS Teresa (C), 3. SIEMSEN Remy (20. IBINI-ISEI Princess 75’), 4. RALSTON Elizabeth, 7. BOLGER Nicola (16. BACON Hannah 87′), 11. TOBIN Natalie, 12. PRICE Olivia (45’ 6. UZUNLAR Servet), 13. YEOMAN-DALE Georgia, 14. KENNEDY Alanna, 17. SIMON Kyah, 19. KHAMIS Leena

Substitutes: 15. EASTHOPE Sarah (GK)

 

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