Western Sydney win 2-1 against Newcastle

Last updated 00:01 10/02/2013

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Western Sydney's dream debut A-League season continued as they climbed to second spot with a 2-1 win over Newcastle tonight at Campbelltown Stadium.

Youssouf Hersi and Mark Bridge scored in either half as the  Wanderers registered their fifth-straight win, the best streak of  any team this season.

The win in front of 10,589 fans lifted the newcomers two points  above Melbourne Victory, with the sides to meet at AAMI Park next  Saturday.

The Wanderers trail leaders Central Coast by four points.

A change away from their regular home base at Parramatta did  little to halt Western Sydney's momentum, though they were made to  work hard by the Jets.

The visitors had the best early chance when they hit the post in  the 18th minute.

Sam Gallaway set up the opportunity with a brilliant piece of  skill out wide and Emile Heskey looked certain to score only for  Nikolai Topor-Stanley to deflect his close-range shot on to the  crossbar.

Hersi also squandered an excellent chance in the 25 minute,  shooting straight at Mark Birighitti after breaking on goal.

The Wanderers mounted pressure in attack but couldn't finish a  brilliant team move when Bridge was denied by Birighitti's  outstretched foot in the 38th minute.

But Western Sydney were finally rewarded for their dominance  just before halftime however when Hersi made the breakthrough.

The Jets failed to clear a Shinji Ono free-kick and Hersi's shot  rebounded off Birighitti and dropped just inside the goal.

The visitors muscled their way into the game in the second half,  but there were few genuine chances for either side until the late  stages.

Tony Popovic withdrew Hersi and Ono but Bridge provided the  spark to put the home side up 2-0 in the 83rd minute.

The striker collected the ball from Jerome Polenz and showed  great strength to hold off the challenge of Josh Mitchell and  finish brilliantly from a tight angle.

Jets captain Ruben Zadkovich ensured some nervous moments when  he scored from outside the box in stoppage time.

There was a heated exchange as Heskey and Ryan Griffiths fought  with Ante Covic to get a quick restart but the Jets ran out of  time.

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