Newcastle may have held firm for most of the Round 5 battle at McDonald Jones Stadium last weekend, but the W-League’s leading goalscorer Remy Siemsen couldn’t be stopped as she struck twice to sink the Jets in a 2-0 defeat.
Sydney’s young striker has fired home six goals in five appearances so far this season, storming to the lead in the race for the golden boot, and the Jets could do nothing as she continued her rich vein of scoring on Sunday evening.
After 30 minutes of tight defensive work from Craig Deans’ side, including a number of nervy clearances and strong work from keeper Claire Coelho, Siemsen broke through, heading home an inch-perfect Angelique Hristodoulou cross.
Siemsen and Matildas star Caitlin Foord continued to barrage Newcastle’s defence in the last quarter of the first half, nearly finding another way through right on the whistle in what the commentators rightly called a “narrowly-avoided coach-killer.”
Unfortunately for the Jets, who came out in a more aggressive mindset for the second stanza in front of a swelling crowd of 2,513, the team struggled to find meaning chances—especially after international star Gema Simon was hooked at half-time due to injury.
Substitute for @NewcastleJetsFC at the half-time break – Gema Simon off, Lauren Allan on.
Deans on the change: “Gema’s had a knock on her knee for the past few weeks, and she just had another one, so we’re just managing that injury.”#NEWvSYD
— Isaac McIntyre (@isaac_mcintyre6) December 15, 2019
While substitute Lauren Allan acquitted herself well against the defending champions, the Jets as a whole struggled to find open spaces in front of the Sky Blues’ goal to level the score. Andrews especially suffered from Sydney’s compact defence.
Jets leading scorer Tara was locked to just one off-shot target, while Hannah Brewer’s offence from corners twice gave her a chance on-goal. Libby Copus-Brown was most dangerous, firing off three shots, but all were hopeful long-ranged chances.
Siemsen added her second after a mistake from Coelho, as Newcastle’s keeper sent out a wayward pass the league’s leading scorer made short work of. The 2-0 lead seemed small, but Sydney managed to keep the Jets toothless, and close out the game.
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“It’s disappointing to lose because we thought we’d be able to get something from the game, so we’re disappointed with that but [they’re] a good team,” Deans told the Herald of the team’s efforts on Sunday afternoon.
“I think they’ll definitely be in the top two, so it’s not the end of the world … we’re in the learning process but we’re super competitive and I think we can cause a few upsets along the way, so we just look forward to games like that.”
The two-goal loss at home leaves the Jets flying behind the pack with four points in seventh place, and three points adrift of Canberra in fourth.
Newcastle now have an extended Christmas break in the W-League with the bye in round 6. They will next take to the field against Brisbane Roar, currently fifth with two wins in four, on Sunday, December 29 away from home.