WHETHER Matildas star Kyah Simon scored a hat-trick was the only thing in doubt yesterday as Sydney FC dominated Newcastle 4-0 to keep the Jets in last place on the W-League ladder after 10 rounds.
Newcastle’s hopes of causing an upset at Wanderers Oval were crippled early when Sydney scored from goal-square scrambles in the 10th and 12th minutes.
Simon and Lillie Billson were on hand to throw their boots at the ball for the first goal when Newcastle failed to clear.
There was conjecture about who made the decisive touch but there was no doubt over the second. Former Jets defender Alanna Kennedy struck truly when the ball fell to her from a corner.
Hopes of a second-half rally were dimmed when a piece of brilliance from Simon three minutes after the break made it 3-0. From 40 metres out, Simon struck a speculative shot that lobbed over the outstretched hand of keeper Eliza Campbell.
Emma Kete set up Sydney’s final goal when a mix-up between Campbell and Stacey Day allowed her cross to fall to Simon.
Jets co-coach Peter McGuinness said his side were simply outplayed by the likes of national team players Simon, Kennedy, Caitlin Foord and Sam Kerr.
‘‘It wasn’t a high up-tempo game and after those two early goals we were on the back foot,’’ McGuinness said. ‘‘But they were just better than us.’’
Canberra drew 3-3 with Glory, Brisbane joined Perth at the top after beating Adelaide 6-2 and Melbourne Victory beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1.