W-League | The penalty that robbed the Jets

The Round 5 match between Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC began with a controversial penalty call that cost the Jets the 2-1 game.

In the 16th minute, young Sydney attacker Remy Siemsen appeared to fall over her own feet in the box with minimal pressure from Jets’ defender Megan Oyster.

Referee Kelly Jones, who has been refereeing in the W-League since 2011 made the controversial decision on Sunday afternoon at McDonald Jones Stadium to award Siemsen the penalty.

Her decision was met with discontent from the local crowd, and on social media with many admitting the call had cost the home side at least a point.

In December 2015, Jones claimed in her W-League profile that calmness and focus were key in her decision making as an offical, although after the match many would argue those weren’t a part of her decision making.

“Being calm and focused is the key to being a good referee. There are always decisions to be made during a game and it is important to keep a clear head in order to make the right decision,” reads her bio.

Both sides tiptoed around the question of whether it was indeed a penalty or not, agreeing that anything can happen in a game of football and that’s just what the round ball game is. However Jets’ coach Craig Deans and Sydney striker Kyah Simon did help shed some light on the differing perspectives of the call for the two sides.

Deans expressed his personal frustration with Jones’ decision. “We have to be careful otherwise we’re going to end up with a game where people can’t run next to each other without giving away free kicks… It’s disappointing but, we can’t change it now.”

Simon, who stepped up to take the penalty, agreed it is the nature of the game but went on to say she was grateful her team benefitted.

“I feel like Sydney’s usually the team on the other end of the call, so it was nice to be that team where a bit of luck fell our way.” Adding, “It’s football, so you get those call sometimes, but I’m just happy we were on the receiving end of it this time.”

The Jets will have a week to regather themselves after the controversial loss before they are back in Round 7. In the meantime Sydney FC face Perth Glory away next weekend for Round 6 of the W-League.

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