Victory down Jets, jump to 4th in W-League

Pete Smith
Darian Jenkins (L) and Natashia Dowie (R) have both scored in Victory's W-League win over Newcastle

Defending premiers Melbourne Victory have reinvigorated their W-League campaign with Inspired performances from Darian Jenkins and Natasha Dowie in a 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Both scored during Sunday's first half and, although Gema Simon put the Jets on the board after the break, Victory's dominance was rarely threatened at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

The home side showed glimpses of last season's stellar form to collect a deserved victory and leapfrog Brisbane and Canberra United into fourth.

Cool weather and cloudy, but smoke-free conditions, rolled across Melbourne after Canberra's home match against Sydney FC scheduled for Sunday was called off on Friday due to hazardous air quality caused by the bushfires in the region.

Jenkins constantly found space on the right flank, stretching Newcastle's usually compact formation. A cross from the American U-23 international was converted by Dowie at the back post with trademark efficiency on 10 minutes.

Jenkins celebrated her 25th birthday in style by getting on the scoresheet midway through the first half, pushing home a loose ball from close range after Rosie Sutton's header rebounded off the post.

Simon hauled the Jets back into contention after profiting from a defensive error, while rarely troubled Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont maintained her recent strong form with a sprawling save of a Tara Andrews shot.

But Victory were good value for all three points leaving the Jets' finals hopes dangling by a thread with just one win from seven outings.

Melbourne City remain top of the standings after opening the round on Thursday with a hard-working 2-0 win over the Roar.

Goals in each half from Milica Mijatovic and Aivi Luik proved enough for City to claim a sixth-successive win and advance three points clear over the inactive Western Sydney.

Morgan Andrews converted an injury-time penalty to secure Perth a 2-2 draw at Adelaide United on Friday as the bottom two sides remained winless.