Newcastle Jets simply outclassed Central Coast Mariners in the latest instalment of the coveted F3 derby at Central Coast Stadium.

Roy O’Donovan came back to haunt his former side and endeared himself to the Jets’ faithful while further damaging his reputation among the Mariners’ fanbase.

The rivalry between the two sides was there to see from the first whistle with Mariners striker, Asdrubal on the end of a crunching tackle just seconds after kick off.

It was a bright start from the Mariners as Tom Hiariej’s threatening free kick picked out Alan Baro who’s header provided Jets’ goalkeeper, Jake Duncan with his first save of the match.

Mariners’ wingers, Connor Pain and Kwabena Appiah caused a headache for the Newcastle defence. Their dynamic attacking plays were a feature of the Mariners as they progressed up the pitch.

Spanish striker, Asdrubal opened his A-League account for the Mariners five minutes into the encounter after getting on the end of Tom Hiariej’s pinpoint corner.

Mariners captain, Alan Baro went from hero to villain within a matter of minutes after bringing down Roy O’Donovan in the box. The Irishman picked himself up and calmly converted the penalty and pegged one back for his new side.

The Mariners held the lion’s share of possession and continued to threaten the Jets’ defence with Asdrubal continually asking questions of the Jets no.1.

As the game began to settle down, Newcastle centre back, Nikolai Topor-Stanley put the visiting fans on their edge of their seats after his header brushed the post and came within inches from putting his side in front.

Against the run of play, O’Donovan got his fairytale return to Central Coast and slotted in for his first Jets brace.

The 32-year-old was at it yet again as he capitalised on Andrew Nabbout’s header and slid  in for the hat-trick. However, the Jets number nine was judged offside and the goal was disallowed by referee, Jonathan Barreiro.

The Irishman’s fine form in front of goal continued and he silenced the home support after taking advantage of Jets’ winger, Nabbout’s cross which found the Irish striker unmarked in the middle of box. The striker’s cushioned header flew past Tom Glover in goal and the Jets extended their lead to 3-1 before the first half had even come to a close.

The second half was considerably less eventful than the first 45 minutes but the Jets continued to impose themselves upon the Mariners and put their defence to the test.

A resurgent Mariners went on the offensive as they went in search for their second goal, however a resolute Jets defence proved to be inpenetrable.

Jets rounded off their fine display with a goal from substitute Joseph Champness. Newcastle’s final goal lead to a mass exit from the Mariners faithful who’d seen enough from their side.

The Mariners will look to put things right against Western Sydney Wanderers next round while Jets will hope they continue the winning run against Perth Glory at home next week.

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Asdrubal 5’)

Newcastle Jets 5 (O’Donovan 9’, 28’, 38’, Champness 81’, Petratos 90’)

Central Coast Stadium

Referee: Jonathan BARREIRO
Assistant Referees: Scott EDELING & Kearney ROBINSON
Fourth Official: Kurt AMS

Central Coast Mariners

3. ROSE Joshua, 4. MCGING Jake, 5. GOLEC Antony (16. ROSE Liam 75’), 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 9. ASDRUBAL (17. BINGHAM Joshua 75’), 10. DE SILVA Daniel, 11. PAIN Connor, 13. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena (12. BUHAGIAR Trent 67’), 15. BARO Alan (C), 18. GLOVER Thomas (GK), 23. BRAMA Wout.

Substitutes: 1. KENNEDY Ben, 12. BUHAGIAR Trent, 14. BERRY Adam, 16. ROSE Liam, 17. BINGHAM Joshua.

 

Newcastle Jets
l. DUNCAN Jake (GK), 4. BOOGARD Nigel (C), 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin (16. COWBURN Nicholas 85’), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri, 8. VARGAS Ronald (10. BROWN Wayne 60’), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew (CHAMPNESS Joseph 79’), 17. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai.

Substitutes: 10. BROWN Wayne, 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 20. MOSS Glen (GK), 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 24. CHAMPNESS Joseph.

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