29/02/2024

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In hot and humid conditions at Wanderers Football Park, the Wanderers have moved into the top six of the Liberty A-League Women’s ladder, with a 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

The Wanderers entered the Saturday afternoon clash hoping to climb into the top six, while the Jets searching for another win in front of their home fans.

Both teams started the match with high levels of intensity and pressure, having opportunities taking the ball forward and pressing the final third and testing the opposition defence.

As the match progressed, either both teams had chances to open the scoring, but were unable to convert. The Jets focussed on playing a more possession style of game, controlling the ball in the midfield and earning themselves plenty of corners going forward.

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In the 36th minute, Sophie Harding and Olivia Price created the first spark in attack for the Wanderers. Price capitalised on a golden chance in the box to give the Wanderers the lead going into half time.

Bethany Gordon was instrumental in the midfield for the Wanderers, using her speed to help set up plays in attack. Whilst Jordyn Bloomer controlled the backline, saving critical balls in the keeper position and setting up the defensive end.

Alexia Apostolakis also had plenty of possession of the ball, using her speed well in the wing, causing problems for the Jets.

In the closing stages of the game, the Wanderers were structure held up to the constant pressure from the Jets. Newcastle couldn’t land their shots on target and seriously threaten the Western Sydney defence. The Jets ran out of time and suffered their seventh loss of the campaign.

Western Sydney Wanderers next face Melbourne Victory away in Round 13, heading to CB Smith Reserve.

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