Newcastle Jets put on a first half exhibition against Canberra United in front of a hopeful home crowd at Newcastle’s No.2 Sportsground on Sunday afternoon but a second half comeback from Canberra saw the visitors take a 2-1 victory.

The Jets got off to a flyer when they were gifted a penalty inside 10 minutes after Arin Gilliland was dragged down inside the box with Emily Van Egmond converting from the spot.

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Canberra hardly had a sniff of goal for the entire first 45, a fact coach Heather Garriock conceded following the match.

“Credit to Newcastle in the first half they absolutely outplayed us and probably should have been a few goals up,” Garriock said.

“Outstanding effort from our keeper Haley Kopmeyer, she’s just outstanding and was man of the match today for sure.”

Kopmeyer indeed kept her side in the game with chance after chance for the Jets being foiled by the American.

It was a different story in the second half however as Canberra came out the more positive side and were rewarded just three minutes in when the ball fell kindly to Ashley Sykes who dribbled into the box and slid the ball home.

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The Jets looked stunned and didn’t come close to matching their first half performance that had the 1,133 strong crowd baying for more.

Coach Craig Deans grew more and more frustrated on the sideline as the second half drew on and his anger came to a boil in the 65th minute as Toni Pressley headed home a Canberra corner to give her side the deserved lead.

“I’m worried about when you have five clear cut chances and you don’t score one of them, that’s what I’m worried about,” Deans said after the game.

“They have one shot from a corner, one that they score and one that Britt [Eckerstrom] saves and that’s it.”

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It’s a frustrating result for the Jets especially after starting the season with two wins in two and now drop to fifth place on the ladder following last week’s poor showing against Melbourne City.

“I’m never going to fault the effort or the fact they didn’t want to win or create enough chances to win. It’s that we have to take our chances and we didn’t,” Deans said.

“We didn’t play a bad game, last week we did. We fixed it this week but you have to score goals.”

Newcastle head to Adelaide next weekend as they look to turn around their recent poor form while Canberra will face a test of their finals credentials as they welcome high flyers Perth Glory to the capital on Saturday.

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