Newcastle Jets have held on to second place in the Westfield W-League after a convincing 3-1 win against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday evening.

Newcastle found the back of the net three times, all through individual goal scorers to keep pace near the top of the ladder.

Tori Huster got the Jets off to a fine start as her brilliantly improvised volley went in courtesy of placement rather than power.

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Kyra Cooney-Cross equalised with her first W-League goal shortly before half an hour had gone.

It could be viewed as an own goal off Nikola Orgill but the Victory youngster was there to score with a header attempt into the bottom right, assisted by Lia Privitelli’s cross.

Newcastle took back their advantage though, from a penalty awarded not long before half-time.

A risky slide tackle in the box by Annabel Martin didn’t pay off as she got none of the ball and chopped down Hannah Brewer in the process to hand Katie Stengel the spot-kick.

Casey Dumont got a solid hand to it as it travelled towards the top right, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Newcastle regaining the lead at 2-1.

After 72 minutes passed in the match, Brewer put the Jets in a comfortable 3-1 position that ended up being the eventual margin.

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She combined brilliantly with Stengel as the pair linked up with one-two passes.

Brewer finished it off with a composed low shot into the bottom right to cap off a wonderful attacking move.

It could’ve been worse for Victory had Stengel’s curled attempt from outside the box went in.

She was unlucky to miss what would’ve been a wonder goal but the ball instead came off the underside of the crossbar.

Both teams came into this match with a lot to play for and this result will be disappointing for Victory who couldn’t record back-to-back wins following a 4-0 demolition against Adelaide United.

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Newcastle meanwhile have extended their unbeaten run to four games which has included three wins.

They’ll need to continue that sort of form if they’re a chance of edging past Brisbane Roar in first place to claim the premiership.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.