Newcastle Jets put in one of their best performances in recent memory to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they swept aside a poor Wellington Phoenix 3-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.

The Jets came out far hungrier in the opening exchanges with great link up play all over the park carving out half a dozen good opportunities the best of which falling to the head of Roy O’Donovan metres out only for the Irishman to glance the ball narrowly wide.

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A flat Phoenix threatened the goal in the 27th minute after the ball fell to Thomas Doyle outside the box whose well struck shot was easily held by Jets gloveman Jack Duncan.

Goran Paracki gifted the hosts an opptortunity 37 minutes in as a back pass looking for his keeper fell perfectly to O’Donovan whose first shot was saved by Keegan Smith but the striker made no mistake finishing off the rebound.

Phoenix’s misery was then compounded on the stroke of half-time as Dimitri Petratos ran around what seemed to be the entire Wellington team before flashing a ball across goal that was hit home by the imperious O’Donovan.

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Any hopes of a Phoenix comeback were quickly extinguished just 10 minutes into the second half as Andrew Nabbout curled a shot from the top of the box past Smith with youngster Joe Champness grabbing the assist.

All night Phoenix looked a side short of ideas as they struggled to transition the ball through their midfield and into attack to create any meaningful chances.

Nothing more than a glimmer of hope was a 75th minute Michael McGlinchey free kick that forced Duncan into a good save low to his left.

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At the other end of the field however and not content with their lead Newcastle pushed hard for a fourth with O’Donovan furious on a number of occasions with Nabbout for not finding the killer pass.

Phoenix pushed late on but Newcastle were resolute in defence as they held out to claim their first clean sheet of the season.

Newcastle travel away to Adelaide and then Sydney FC as they look to maintain their brilliant start to the season while Phoenix face a tough task at home to Perth Glory as they look to turn around their season.

Newcastle Jets 3 (O’Donovan 37’ 45+1’, Nabbout 55’)
Wellington Phoenix 0

McDonald Jones Stadium (6,258)

Referee: Kris GIFFITH-JONES
Assistant Referees: Lance GREENSHIELDS & Kearney ROBINSON
Fourth Official: Adrian ARNDT
VAR: Craig ZETTER

Newcastle Jets:
1. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 5. KANTAROVSKI Ben, 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri (10. BROWN Wayne), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew (12. SHABOW Mario 87′), 24. CHAMPNESS Joe (19. PETRATOS Kosta 77’), 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai

Substitutes: 20. MOSS Glen (GK), 16. COWBURN Daniel

Wellington Phoenix:
30. SMITH Keegan (GK), 2. MULLEN Daniel, 4. PARACKI Goran, 7. FINKLER Guilherme (12. PARKHOUSE Adam 46’), 8. VIDOSIC Dario (23. RIDENTON Matthew 83’), 9. KALUDEROVIC Andrija (11. WATSON Hamish 68’), 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael, 17. ABBAS Ali, 19. DOYLE Thomas, 21. KRISHNA Roy, 22. DURANTE Adam (C)

Substitutes: 1. ITALIANO Lewis (GK), 14. RUFER Alex

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