A 2-2 stalemate between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets was a fair result in yesterday’s clash at Allianz Stadium with both sides guilty of wastefulness in front of goal.

Third-placed Sydney FC went head to head with the Jets who sat in second place on the W-League ladder. A win would have seen the Sky Blues leapfrog their opponents however both sides had to take a share of the spoils as Gema Simon’s 87th minute equaliser denied Sydney all three points.

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The Jets started the better of the two sides and were unlucky not to take an early lead with American striker Katie Stengel unable to find the back of the net.

Simon’s late equaliser would have come as welcome relief for the American who should have etched her name onto the scoresheet and her side should not have been chasing the match in the closing the stages.

Luck was on Newcastle’s side when they were awarded a soft penalty after Arin Gilliland was adjudged to be fouled in the Sydney penalty area. Jets’ skipper Emily Van Egmond stepped up to convert the following spot kick and reduce the deficit for her side.

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In most circumstances, the visitors would not have been given the penalty and Newcastle should have entered the interval 2-0 down.

The hosts were far more clinical in front of goal and if it were not for Jets goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom they could have found themselves even further behind.

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The 24-year-old shot stopper was unable to stop Kylie Ledbrook from opening the scoring however she proved instrumental in the second half as she denied Princess Ibini and Caitlin Foord on numerous occasions.

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Similar to her attacking counterpart, Foord also endured a nightmare when it came to finding the end product. The Matildas’ striker best opportunity came midway through the second half when she received Lisa De Vanna’s pass at the back post.

Foord’s failure to score proved costly for Ante Juric’s side as Simon marked her 100th W-League appearance with a thrilling equaliser to ensure that the hosts did not surpass them on the league ladder.

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