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ALW: Wanderers a thorn in wasteful Jets’ side

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The Newcastle Jets missed a terrific chance to book a berth in the A-League Women’s (ALW) top six at Bathurst on Friday night.

Despite leading early in the fixture against Western Sydney at Carrington Park, the Ryan Campbell-coached outfit succumbed 2-1.

The loss also allowed the Wanderers to secure a three-point advantage over Newcastle on the ladder.

It was a frustrating affair for the Jets, who had 10 shots on target, without much joy.

In the opening stages, Libby Copus-Brown’s right-footed attempt sailed to the left of the goal.

But, she made amends soon after.

In the 14th minute, Sarina Bolden slipped the ball to Copus-Brown, who made no mistake to put the team ahead 1-0.

MelindaJ Barbieri then sent a direct free kick to the right of the posts.

It was a similar story for star striker Bolden, who enjoyed three opportunities in the space of a couple of minutes to extend the margin, however failed to convert.

The tide eventually turned as Western Sydney spent a lengthy stint camped in Newcastle territory.

At the other end, Lauren Allan caused the Wanderers numerous headaches.

She set up Emma Dundas and Bolden with brilliant play, but keeper Kaylie Collins kept her side in the hunt.

The goalie’s hard work paid off just before the break when Sophie Harding displayed plenty of skill to level the showdown 1-all.

Following the resumption, the Jets wasted yet another attacking raid.

Collins attempted to dispose of the ball, however it fell at the feet of Copus-Brown, who fired it straight back to the No. 1.

Almost immediately, Barbieri’s right-footer was saved while Dundas’ attempt went high and wide to the right.

Collins was called into action again, denying both Allan and Bolden.

To Western Sydney’s credit, they refused to roll over and lifted its intensity.

They were rewarded for their determination in the 79th minute when Amy Harrison forced Newcastle No. 1 Izzy Nino to pull off a great save.

Unfortunately for the Novocastrians, the ball went to Vicky Bruce, whose shot from close range gave the Sydneysiders a fighting 2-1 victory.

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