Wanderers prove too much for Jets

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After a scoreless draw between Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar on Friday night, the Newcastle Jets came into the game knowing that a win would put them on top of the league.

Western Sydney Wanderers however proved too much for the home team, ending their streak with a 2-1 defeat.

Western Sydney set off at a dominant pace, keeping the ball in their attacking end for much of the first half.

The two teams struggled to combat each other’s strength in defence, with neither managing to convert in the opening 45 minutes.

Wanderers managed five corners in five minutes yet failed to convert any of their chances, the commitment and determination of Birighitti too much for the away team.

The serious face injury that Birighitti copped only a few weeks ago doesn’t seem to have phased him. The determined goalkeeper continued to put his body on the line to keep a clean sheet in the first half.

Stoppage time after 45 minutes left both teams with clear openings, a spectacular save from Birighitti on Vidosic’s powerful strike quickly turned into an opportunity for Trifunovic, who was denied by Redmayne.

The second half kicked off with a yellow card to crowd-favourite Carney, followed by three excellent opportunities for Newcastle to take the lead. Yet they remained scoreless.

Numerous offside calls dampened the attempts of Western Sydney as they continued to attack and when the chances did come Birighitti was there to deny.

A nasty tackle by Andreu saw the Jets with a free kick from just outside the box. Lee took a strong shot at the goal, the ball rebounding off the crossbar to be knocked into the net by Alivodic, giving the Jets a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute.

A flag drawn by the linesman created much confusion in the crowd, but the goal was confirmed shortly after.

Trifunovic then gave away a penalty and just like that Wanderers equalised, Andreu outmatching Birighitti from the penalty spot in the 80th minute.

With a goal under their belt Western Sydney showed confidence and in the 86th minute Nichols took a 2-1 lead with a strike straight past Birighitti.

Newcastle had a chance to convert from a corner in the last minute however Wanderers defence proved too much.

With several questionable challenges in stoppage time Jet’s fans left with a dirty taste in their mouth as they watched their hopes of a week on top of the Hyundai A-League ladder dashed.

Newcastle Jets: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7.Enver ALIVODIC, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 9.Milos TRIFUNOVIC, 10.LEONARDO, 13.Lee KI-JE,  22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.David CARNEY

Subs: 6.Cameron WATSON (59′), 14.Mitch COOPER, 17.Radovan PAVICEVIC, 20.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 24.Nick COWBURN

Western Sydney Wanderers FC:  3.Scott JAMIESON, 4.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c), 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 8.DIMAS, 9.Federico PIOVACCARI, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 16. Jaushua SOTIRIO, 18.ANDREU, 20.Andrew REDMAYNE (gk), 22.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS

Subs: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 7.Romeo CASTELEN (78′), 11.Brendon SANTALAB, 19.Mark BRIDGE (58′), 21.Jacob PEPPER

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