Preview: Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC

Newcastle Jets have secured a handful of famous wins over Sydney FC down the years, and the in-form Novocastrians are in a position to achieve yet another.

Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC

Saturday 11 October 2014

Magic Park, Newcastle

Local kick-off: 3pm

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The Jets are flying high following an impressive 4-0 victory on the road in last weekend’s ABC TV match. Another win could be the turning point in the push for an unlikely finals berth for last season’s strugglers.

Until last week’s unfortunate season-ending knee injury for Ashley Spina, the Jets have been able to field virtually the same side each week no doubt adding to their consistency.

And perhaps Sydney FC are for once ripe for the picking. They have lost some key personnel during the off-season, while coach Alen Stajcic has moved onto the Westfield Matildas role leaving Daniel Barrett to assume the reins.

Last weekend the Sky Blues dropped their first points of the campaign as Melbourne Victory collected a snatch-and-grab 1-1 draw. Yet Sydney are still looking impressive, even if they lack some of last year’s attacking dynamism.

One thing is certain. This shapes as one of the best contests that fans at Newcastle’s Magic Park in Broadmeadow will witness all season.

Newcastle Jets squad: 2. Georgia Yeoman-Dale,  3. Hayley Crawford, 5. Katherine Reynolds, 6. Angela Salem, 7. Tori Huster, 8. Amber Neilson, 9. Tara Andrews, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Rhali Dobson, 12. Sophie Nenadovic, 15. Libby Copus-Brown, 16. Cassidy Davis, 20. Claire Coelho (GK), 21. Renee Rudder (GK), 24. Brooke Miller

Ins: Brooke Miller (Injury replacement – Emerging Jets)

Outs: Ashley Spina (knee – season)

Unavailable: Hannah Southwell (Australian U-17s)

Sydney FC squad: 1. Casey Dumont (gk), 2. Teresa Polias, 4. Alesha Clifford, 5. Jasmyne Spencer, 6. Servet Uzunlar, 7. Nicola Bolger, 8. Amy Harrison, 9. Ellyse Perry, 10. Renee Rollason, 11. Natalie Tobin, 12. Chloe Logarzo, 13. Trudy Camilleri, 14. Olivia Price, 15. Teigen Allen, 16. Samantha Johnson, 20. Alyssa Harris (gk)

Ins: Ellyse Perry (promoted)

Outs: none

Unavailable:  Kyah Simon (knee – two weeks)