Libby Copus-Brown may have slotted away a contender for the Newcastle Jets’ – and the W-League as a whole – goal of the season, but it wasn’t to be for the home side as the midfield starlet’s wonderstrike was their only of the match.
Sydney FC rolled into McDonald Jones Stadium eager to keep touch with the playoff pack as they faced Newcastle in the tenth round of the season, and two goals added to by a late strike from Savannah McCaskill put the three points firmly in the Sky Blue team’s pockets as they headed back south.
Until the two-goal defeat was rounded out by McCaskill’s effort however, the Jets remained in the fight for most of the contest, even claiming the first major chance of the match as Jenna Kingsley’s squared ball to Pana Petratos just petered away from the goal mouth.
Goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom also shone early in the match for the home side, denying Sydney multiple times before they finally opened the scoring through McCaskill just before the half-hour mark, a lead that was doubled 38 minutes later through Princess Ibini.
The defeat leaves the Jets floating near the bottom of the table after ten rounds and eight games played, with only Western Sydney Wanderers – a team with just a single point to their name – below them.
After missing the crucial three points at home, the Jets must now look at most of their final four fixtures in the 2018/19 season as ‘must-win’; currently five points behind sixth placed Sydney, they may need all twelve points on offer to step into the finals and make another bid for the W-League crown.
Newcastle next takes to the field on Saturday, January 12, when they welcome Perth Glory to No.2 Sportsground. Tickets are still available here.