Jets get much-needed win over inconsistent Sydney FC

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A Covid-depleted squad wasn’t going to hold Newcastle Jets back from getting a 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Friday which resulted in their first back-to-back wins of the season.

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A goal of the season contender nearly came early in the first half for Lucas Mauragis as he looked sure to score after a smooth pass from Daniel Penha. Thomas Heward-Belle wasn’t going to allow it, however, despite the save requiring a stretch of the arms.

Newcastle continued their attacking tirade, dominating possession, and throwing everything they had at the possibility of scoring a goal in the early minutes of the game.

Callum Talbot took his first shot at goal for Sydney FC in the 15th minute but it wasn’t getting past Jack Duncan.

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There was plenty of end-to-end play from both sides as the half continued to proceed, both teams vying for the first goal of the game.

The first yellow card of the night went to Newcastle’s Mario Arques for a challenge on Sydney’s Anthony Caceres.

Newcastle again looked sure to open the scoring late in the first half after a stunning lead up from Olivier Boumal saw Penha fail to find the goal.

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Newcastle got their reward for their patience in the 41st minute though with 17-year-old Archie Goodwin getting his second goal in the A-League Men to make it 1-0.

Goodwin wasn’t content with just one goal, scoring a second just two minutes later after an assist from Penha.

After an extra two minutes of stoppage time, it was the Jets going into the break with a 2-0 lead.

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Coming into the second half it was the home side’s game to lose. Sydney FC weren’t giving up, however, putting the pressure on Newcastle and denying them any further goals early in the half.

With an even share of possession between the two teams, Sydney FC continued to fight to keep themselves in the game.

With just 15 minutes plus stoppage time left to play, the Jets looked to have secured themselves three points with the visitors unable to find the back of the net.

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Newcastle looked to have well and truly wrapped the game up in the 78th minute, with Taylor Regan finding the back of the net to make it 3-0. However, VAR stepped in and the goal was stripped as a result of Matthew Jurman being offside.

Despite their continued efforts, Sydney FC saw no results from the opportunities afforded to them as Newcastle continued to deny them a goal.

At the blow of the full-time whistle, Newcastle got a much-needed win over Sydney FC with a final scoreline of 2-0.

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Newcastle Jets 2 (Goodwin 41’ 43’)

Sydney FC 0

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & Matthew McOrist

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jordan ELSEY, Matthew JURMAN (C), Mario ARQUES (Mohamed AL-TAAY 89’), Olivier BOUMAL, Daniel PENHA, Brandon WILSON (Jordan O’DOHERTY 46’), Taylor REGAN (Riley WARLAND 89’), Archie GOODWIN (Eli BABLJ 66’), Lucas MAURAGIS (Dylan MURNANE 67’)

Unused Subs: Kosta GROZOS, Nathanael CAVALIERE (GK)

Sydney FC: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), James DONACHIE, Alexander WILKINSON (C), Connor O’TOOLE, Paulo RETRE, Milos NINKOVIC (Kosta BARBAROUSES 50’), Adam LE FONDRE (Deyvison DA SILVA 69’), Luciano NARSINGH (Trent BUHAGIAR 50’), Anthony CACERES, Callum TALBOT, Patrick YAZBEK (Adrian SEGECIC 77’)

Unused Subs: Benjamin WARLAND, Harry VAN DER SAAG, Adam PAVLESIC (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Grace Clegg

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Grace Clegg
Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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