The Western Sydney Wanderers have increased their lead at the top of the A-League ladder to five points after a 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets in Parramatta.
Goals to Alberto Aguilar – on the stroke of half-time – and Mark Bridge earned the hosts a regulation victory on Christmas Eve, which increased the gap between them and the second-placed Brisbane Roar.
The Wanderers opened the scoring on the second minute of added time in the first stanza.
Scott Jamieson’s free kick from the right wing was spot on, with Alberto criminally unmarked in the box to nod in at the far post.
The Wanderers should have gone 2-0 up early in the second half when man-of-the-match Romeo Castelan got into the box, cut back and sent a curling effort over the bar.
The lead was eventually doubled and the match secured when Mark Bridge slotted home in the 70th minute – his fifth goal in as many games.
The win is the Wanderers’ first against Newcastle in Parramatta, as they equalled the Roar’s record of scoring two or more goals in eight consecutive A-League games.