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ALW: Jets enter top six, via Bolden magic

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The Newcastle Jets soared into the A-League Women’s (ALW) top six on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Brisbane Roar at the weekend.

As potential owners circle the Hunter-based organisation, which currently sits under the control of benefactors Sydney FC, Western United and Western Sydney Wanderers, Gary van Egmond’s girls showed they could match it with the best in the business – and were a good business proposition.

With a number of results still to come to fruition, Newcastle is temporarily fourth on the ladder.

It’s an outstanding achievement for the Jets, who have worked hard on the paddock in recent weeks.

Zoe Karipidis and Sarina Bolden.

Again, Sarina Bolden led the way while an own goal allowed Newcastle to depart Leichhardt Oval, during United Round on Saturday night (13 January), with the three competition points.

It was the Philippines representative’s sixth successful strike from seven outings.

The 1-0 lead came minutes after Brisbane went down to 10 players following a controversial red card to Holly McQueen.

The defender fouled Lorena Baumann after the Jets star pick-pocketed the former and looked to burst forward between the halfway line and the edge of the 18-yard-box.

As she started to race ahead, McQueen brought her to ground.

Referee Isabella Libri opted to send off the defender, despite not being the last player between her and the goal.

While the decision drew the ire of McQueen’s team-mates, Bolden didn’t hide her excitement around the sending off, adding to the intensity of the showdown.

Earlier, Mindy Barbieri came inches away from opening the scoring in the 20th minute when her shot smashed into the crossbar and bounced out.

However, the teams went to break locked at 0-all.

Newcastle began the second half brightly as young gun Lauren Allan headed just wide from a corner.

Brisbane went close when Tameka Yallop had space in the box, but the Roar midfielder was denied by a brilliant save from goalkeeper Isobel Nino.

The Jets finally cracked the deadlock when a clever back heel on the edge of the box from Cassidy Davis found Bolden, who cooly finished to make it 1-0 after 63 minutes.

The Roar equalised almost immediately when Mia Corbin struck a well-timed shot, locking it all up 1-all.

Newcastle kept up the attacking pressure and took the lead after a corner from Barbieri was headed into her own net by Yallop to make it 2-1 in the 76th minute.

Despite a couple of anxious moments, the Jets kept their opponents at bay to claim the much-needed honours.

Up next for Newcastle is a return to Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon on 21 January, with a huge clash looming against reigning champions Sydney FC.

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