Despite dominating the match for much of the 90 minutes 10-man Central Coast Mariners came away with nothing after going down 2-0 against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The F3 derby has often failed to deliver in recent years but has been given new life this season thanks in large part to the form of the Jets that was initiated by an opening day hammering of their local rivals in Gosford.

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The 13,000 strong home crowd were eagerly awaiting the arrival of new import Patricio Rodriguez who was on the bench for the first time with his new club, taking the time to also make their feelings towards former Jet Andrew Hoole clear booing him every time he touched the ball.

There were no signs of mid-week tiredness from either side and just minutes in Blake Powell found himself in acres of space in the box but wasted the game’s first clear-cut chance as he blasted a volley high and wild over the bar.

Despite chances at both ends it was the Mariners who looked more likely with Kwabena Appiah twice in a matter of minutes through one on one with Glen Moss but the winger blazed his first attempt over and saw his powerful shot saved by the Jets keeper the second time around.

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The tone of the match continued shortly after the break with Moss pulling of a point-blank miracle save to deny Powell from giving the Mariners the lead.

The match had been simmering for a while but with 20 minutes remaining it came to a boiling point when Joshua Rose was given his marching orders following a second yellow card for pulling the shirt of Joe Champness.

The red card gave Newcastle the impetus to throw men forward in search of a winner and were duly rewarded just eight minutes from time as Dimitri Petratos swept home the late goal to inch his side in front.

Victory was still not assured for the Jets who again had Moss to thank for keeping them in the lead with another vital save to deny the Mariners.

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The home fans got what they’d wished for in the 90th minute when Rodriguez was put through on goal and calmly slotted the ball past Ben Kennedy to secured all three points for Newcastle.

The Jets now have a short turn around as they welcome Brisbane Roar on Friday while the disappointed Mariners will have to regroup to face Melbourne City on Sunday afternoon.

 

Newcastle Jets 2 (Petratos 82′, Rodriguez 90′)
Central Coast Mariners 0

McDonald Jones Stadium (13,127)

Referee: Kurt AMS
Assistant Referees: Ryan GALLAGHER & James TESORIERO
Fourth Official: Stephen LUCAS
VAR: Kris GRIFFITHS-JONES

Newcastle Jets:
20. MOSS Glen (GK), 3. HOFFMAN Jason (11. RODRIGUEZ Patricio 56’), 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri (18. KOUTROUMBIS John 88′), 10. BROWN Wayne, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew, 17. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 24. CHAMPNESS Joe, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai

Substitutes: 30. NECEVSKI Ivan (GK), 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 23. CLUT Devante

Central Coast Mariners:
1. KENNEDY Ben (GK), 3. ROSE Josh, 4. MCGING Jake, 5. GOLEC Antony, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 8. POWELL Blake, 11. PAIN Connor (24. WALES Lachlan 45’), 13. APPIAH Kwabena (2. ROUX Storm 71′), 15. BARO Alan (C), 23. BRAMA Wout (22. MELLING Jacob 39’)

Substitutes: 20. PEARCE Adam (GK), 9. ASDRUBAL

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