Sydney FC extend lead at top after downing Jets

Sydney FC have bounced back from their Westfield FFA Cup Final loss with a scrappy 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

In a dominant performance, the Sky Blues controlled the contest and were rewarded with second-half goals to Milos Ninkovic and substitute Bernie Ibini.

Graham Arnold made a host of changes following Wednesday’s loss to City and it showed with Sydney unable to capitalise on their dominance in the opening stanza against a listless Jets outfit.

But the visitors clicked into gear after the break and could have won by more if not for wasteful finishing and the brilliance of Jets keeper Jack Duncan. 

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GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Milos Ninkovic, 63’

The Serbian midfielder picked the ball up 30 metres from goal and surged into the Jets penalty area, beating four defenders before unleashing a curling effort into the back of the net.

0-2 Sydney FC: Bernie Ibini, 80’

The striker surged into the area and beat a host of Newcastle defenders before pulling the trigger from a tight angle which well saved by Duncan before Ibini bundled in the rebound.

OPTA DATA

-Sydney have won ten of their last 11 games against Newcastle Jets (D1).

-Since 2005, Newcastle have won just one of 17 games against the Sky Blues when playing on home soil (D4, L12).

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