Newcastle Jets fought back in a historic semi final at McDonald Jones Stadium after defeating Melbourne City 2-1 thanks in part to a wonder-goal from Riley McGree.

The scene was set for a blockbuster semi final between the sides in front of a packed crowd watching finals football with their home side taking part for the first time in 10 years.

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The early running was in favour of the Jets with the home side wasting a number of opportunities however it was City who struck first when Bruno Fornaroli somehow bundled the ball with the help of Nikolai Topor-Stanley across the line completely against the play to give Melbourne the lead.

In another setback for the Jets, Jack Duncan was forced from the field in tears after seeming to pull a hamstring just shy of the half hour mark with Glen Moss coming on to replace him.

Dimitri Petratos was cruelly denied with the last kick of the first half when his free kick from 35 yards out skimmed the top of the crossbar and failed to bring the Jets level.

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In what could be easily be described as the goal of the year or even decade, ten minutes into the second half McGree hit a standing scorpion kick volley from the edge of the box that left Dean Bouzanis rooted to the spot and nestled into the corner of the net to hand the Jets a simply astonishing equaliser.

The Jets took full advantage of their momentum after the goal and were shortly ahead when Joe Champness flashed a ball across the box and it eventually found its way to Jason Hoffman who swept the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

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City’s season ends in disaster while the Jets move on to their first grand final in 10 years against either Sydney FC or Melbourne Victory next weekend.

Newcastle Jets 2 (McGree 56’, Hoffman 75’)
Melbourne City 1 (Topor-Stanley OG 14’)

McDonald Jones Stadium (19,131)

Referee: Shaun EVANS
Assistant Referees: George LAKRINDIS, Wilson BROWN
Fourth Official: Jarred GILLET
VAR: Chris BEATH

Newcastle Jets:
1. DUNCAN Jack (GK) (20. MOSS Glen (GK) 28’), 3. HOFFMAN Jason (16. COWBURN Nicholas 90’), 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. PETRATOS Dimitri, 8. VARGAS Ronald (24. CHAMPNESS Joe 66’), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 17. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel, 18. KOUTROUMBIS John, 27. McGREE Riley, 44. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai

Substitutes: 11. RODRIGUEZ Patricio, 22. JACKSON Lachlan,

Melbourne City:
1. BOUZANIS Dean (GK), 3. JAMIESON Scott (C), 5. SCHENKEVELD Bart, 6. MALIK Osama, 8. BOZANIC Oliver (27. BUDZINSKI Marcin 81’), 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 13. MAUK Stefan (7. FITZGERALD Nick 81’), 14. ARZANI Daniel, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 26. BRATTAN Luke, 37. ATKINSON Nathaniel

Substitutes: 18. GALEKOVIC Eugene (GK), 2. MUSCAT Manny, 4. DELBRIDGE Harrison


Feature image credit: Sproule Sports Focus

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