A first finals berth since 2009 may have been secured thanks to a dominant 5-1 win over Canberra United but the foot was firmly off the pedal when a hungry Melbourne City came to town.

At least that’s what Jets fans will hope is the reason for their collapse against City in a game that finished 3-0 and secured a finals spot for the visitors.

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The free flowing football that played Canberra off the park was nowhere to be seen and was instead replaced by a lacklustre, insipid display that failed to inspire much hope for fans who would’ve been hoping to see their side end their regular season home form on a high.

It was a chance for Newcastle to spoil the City party and directly deny their rivals from joining them in the final four but the home side were sloppy from the get-go.

 

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It resulted in a disappointing end to what has been a breakthrough season for Newcastle and isn’t the sort of preparation for the semi finals that they were looking for.

The Jets will have to wait to see who they face in the finals as both Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar are both in action on Sunday afternoon with the Sky Blues their most likely opponents.

City were ruthless in their efficiency and put three first half goals past their hosts in quick succession and then limited Newcastle’s opportunities throughout the match to deny them any look at a comeback.

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The ease with which Melbourne scored their three goals will be most concerning for coach Craig Deans although he was without defensive stalwart Tash Prior.

It’s time now for the Jets to regroup and bounce back from one of their worst performances of their season albeit in a game with not much to play for if they are to go a step further than any Newcastle side before them and make it to the grand final.

 

Featured image credit to Sproule Sports Focus

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