Sky Blues forget their FFA Cup loss to beat the Jets 2-0

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Sydney FC continued their unbeaten streak in Round 9 of the A-league with a 2-0 win against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

With the Sky Blues itching to forget their Westfield FA Cup loss against Melbourne City on Wednesday, the away side took the match early on.

In pure Jets form, the home side took the back foot for the first half against their rivals Sydney FC. Chinese import Ma Lei Lei was the exception, however, thanks to the striker’s presence.

In the 12th minute Jets striker Labinot Haliti was pulled down by a Sydney defender at the top of the box, but play continued despite the crowds boos and players dismay.

Jets’ holding midfielder Benjamin Kantarovski executed a perfect tackle from behind on Sky Blues attacker George Blackwood that allowed his side to counter and earn themselves a chance in front of goal. With Blackwood still down recovering from the tackle the ball was sent for a corner after Newcastle’s shot was blocked.

Sky Blues’ midfielder David Carney stepped up to take the corner with the closest call of the match so far meeting defender Sebastian Ryall’s head. Luckily for the Jets the unmarked defender’s midair header proved too forceful, soaring over the crossbar.

Captain Wayne Brown showed the home side’s frustration when he took out Milo Dimitrijevic at the Referees’ feet, resulting in former Newcastle midfield Carney once again given a set piece opportunity just outside the 18-yard-box.

In the dying minutes of the first half Iain Fyfe was awarded the first yellow card of the game after his contest for the ball with young Blackwood in the air.

Jets’ Andrew Hoole and Jason Hoffman wanted to shake their team’s slow start in the first half and broke down the right hand flank to grant the home side a corner from the kickoff. Newcastle’s Lei Lei crossed a ball that was cleared by a midair defensive header.

After beating four defenders, Milos Ninkovic opened the scoring for the away side. Easily maneuvering around the Newcastle defence, the unmarked Sydney attacker made it 1-0 in the 62nd minute.

Substitute Bernie Ibini-Isei made it 2-0 for the away side in the 79th minute after beating two defenders in a two-on-one situation, before beating a further one to secure the goal.

Sydney FC look to continue their unbeaten streak into Round 10 against Melbourne City next Friday, while the Jets look to improve their slow starts against Perth Glory.

Newcastle Jets 0

Sydney FC 2 (Ninkovic 62’, Ibini-Isei 79′)

 

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium

Crowd: 8,473

 

Referee: Adam Fielding

Assistant Referees: Scott Edeling & Andrej Giev

Fourth Official: Kris Griffith-Jones

 

Newcastle Jets: 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin (23. CLUT Devante 68′), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven (Yellow Card 58’) (8. POLJAK Mateo 61’), 7. HOOLE Andrew, 10. BROWN Wayne (C) (Yellow Card 86′), 11. HALITI Labinot, 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 18. LEI LEI Ma (13. VUJICA Ivan 75′), 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 26. FYFE Iain (Yellow Card 45’), 28. KOUTROUMBIS John

Substitutes: 12. BRENNAN Andy, 30. CLARK Pierce (GK)

 

Sydney FC: 4. WILKINSON, Alexander, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 8. DIMITRIJEVIC Milos (13. O’NEILL Brandon 83′), 14. BROSQUE Alex (C), 17. CARNEY David (11. IBINIS-ISEI Bernie 58’), 19. BLACKWOOD George (9. Bobo 70′), 20. VUKOVIC Daniel (GK), 22. RYALL Sebastian, 23. GRANT Rhyan

Substitutes: 5. JURMAN Matthew, 40. OLDFIELD Christopher (GK)

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Isobel Cootes
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A player turned Journalist that's still holding onto the dream by writing about the Newcastle Jets this season!

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