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Dec 07, 2023   |  3:04PM AET

Match Preview: Sky Blues Ready for Newcastle Showdown

Match Preview: Sky Blues Ready for Newcastle Showdown

The Sydney FC women will venture to Number Two Sportsground on Sunday afternoon at 4pm to take on the Newcastle Jets in an epic Round Seven match-up as two Matildas go head-to-head.

Having missed out recent matches due to injury, Cortnee Vine will be relishing the opportunit as she and her side take on Emily Van Egmond’s Jets as part of her four game stint under her father.

It’s a clash between two Matildas players that is sure to have the Novocastrians buzzing on Sunday.

In their last meeting during April this year, the Sky Blues and Newcastle Jets went head-to-head for their 28th match-up. Sydney FC dominated their home game at Allianz Stadium, with both Cortnee Vine and former Sky Blue Mackenzie Hawkesby netting doubles. Holding over 50% of ball possession, the outstanding performance from the Sky Blue side saw them lift the Premiers Plate after securing a 4-0 victory over the Jets.

Despite there being only one point that separates the sides on the ladder, the Newcastle Jets have not beaten Sydney FC in their last 10 meetings. In their last four home games hosting the Sky Blues, the Newcastle Jets have conceded in each encounter.

Sydney FC celebrate after winning Premier’s Plate against the Jets last season

Sydney FC will be kept on their toes after the Newcastle Jets signing of Philippines international Sarina Bolden. Bolden spent the previous 2022/2023 season with Sydney FC’s cross-town rivals, the Western Sydney Wanderers.

With 44 international caps for the Philippines and 28 goals for her country, Bolden will be a fierce opponent for the Sky Blues. After famously scoring the Philippines first and only goal during the 2023 World Cup campaign against New Zealand, the Sky Blues will have to keep a watchful eye on the Jets new number 11, especially after her brace against Canberra United a fortnight ago.

The Sky Blues have been monitoring the fitness of both Cortnee Vine and Kirsty Fenton. After obtaining a niggly hamstring injury, Vine has been rested for nearly a month.

After a successful round of rehab, Vine has a chance to be fit for this weekend’s match after training fully this past week. Fenton currently had an ankle injury but is in line for a return. The Newcastle Jets will also forgo Bonnie Davis, Josie Allan and Lily-Rose Dunbar as they each recover from their respected injuries.

Princess Ibini from Sydney FC is challenged by Georgina Worth during Round 20 of A-League Women’s match.

This Sunday will showcase a Matilda’s face-off as Sky Blue Cortnee Vine takes on her Matilda’s teammate and Newcastle Jets midfielder, Emily Van Egmond.

Cortnee Vine has had an impeccable A-League and international football career so far with two Liberty A-League Grand Final appearances and a World Cup under her belt. Her dynamic attacking ability and versatility has made Sydney FC’s very own fiery forward one of the best in the game.

Vine has dominated against her former side, netting two goals in their last meeting in April this year. Vine’s lightning quick reaction and ability to control the wing makes her one of the most influential and dangerous players on the field.

Emily Van Egmond is no stranger to a tough contest. As an inaugural member for the Newcastle Jet’s Women’s team, Van Egmond has made over 59 appearances for the club. On an international scale, the midfielder has made 127 appearances for the Australian squad, scoring 30 times. Behind both Matilda legends are years of experience and premier winning skills. The key pairing of these two players will have football fans and Matildas supporters on the edge of their seats.

Vine prior to the opening round against Wanderers

With this weekend’s face off fast approaching, fans can anticipate an action packed Round Seven showdown between two of the Liberty A-League’s most promising sides. With Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets gunning to climb the ladder, this Sunday’s battle is sure to be a display of high intensity football and excitement.

Match Details

Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets
Liberty A-League Round Seven
Sunday 10th of December 2023
No. 2 Sportsground, Newcastle, NSW
Kick Off: 4pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Play
Purchase tickets here