Sunday, November 29, 2009

Newcastle win for the first time in Sydney and move off foot of ladder

Newcastle Jets moved off the foot of the A-League ladder and into seventh place this afternoon after beating Sydney FC 3-1 away at Sydney Football Stadium before a crowd of 10,114..

Sydney remain second.

It was the first time Newcastle have beaten Sydney at their home ground since the inception of the A-League.

The Jets took the lead in the 24th minute through a penalty, awarded for Ryan Grant’s foul on Song. Michael Bridges converted the spot-kick against his former club.

Sean Rooney almost added a second in the 34th minute from the edge of the box, but his attempted chip hit the advancing goalkeeper Clint Bolton in the head and looped over the bar for a corner.

Bridges made it 2-0 in the 50th minute. Matt Thompson won the ball in midfield and put Bridges through with a precise pass and the striker slotted the ball low past Bolton and just inside the net from the left of the box.

Thompson added the third in the 58th minute.

Sydney survived a scare in the 70th minute when some brilliant goalkeeping by Bolton and desperate defending prevented Newcastle from adding a fourth.

Sydney applied tremendous pressure on the visitors in the closing stages and, although Alex Brosque pulled a goal back in the 75th minute from John Aloisi’s sharp cut-back from the left, they were unable to make up the leeway.

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