Jets fly home with a 3-2 win over City

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The first game in Round Four of the Hyundai A-League did not disappoint as Newcastle Jets overcame a two goal deficit to win 3-2.

A warm Friday night at AAMI Park saw Melbourne City get off to a flyer as Bruno Fornaroli almost got his team off the mark with a header soaring over the bar from an Aaron Mooy corner.

It did not take long for City to open the scoring, an opportunistic shot from Mooy’s in the 12th minute deflected off a former a teammate and landed in the back of the net.

Jason Hoffman showed his frustration minutes later for a clumsy challenge which earnt him a place in the referees book.

City looked in the mood as Ben Garuccio blasted his shot over the bar.

Newcastle did not make the most of their little chances going forward, David Carney the only Jets player to really threaten.

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John Van’t Schip’s side produced some beautiful play after 24 minutes as Garuccio’’s ball found Stefan Mauk to make it 2-0.

City had all the momentum, Mooy’s free kick from a dangerous Nigel Boogaard tackle was squandered as well as David Williams missing the opportunity to make it 3-0 at the half hour mark.

Newcastle regained composure towards the end of the first half but failed to worry the red & white side of Melbourne. The Jets however came out from the sheds with all guns blazing.

Enver Alivodic’s cross proved to be lethal as Mateo Poljak brought the ball back in for a cool Ben Kantarovski finish to pull it back 2-1.

Tensions flared as the in-form David Carney was booked for throwing the ball away after the hour mark.

Newcastle looked dangerous as Poljak’s cross nearly found Trifunovic before minutes later Jarred Gillet signalled a penalty for a contentious handball on Wade Decker. Trifunovic made no mistake to equalise from the spot at the 73rd minute.

As the game heated up more tensions flared as Corey Gameiro gave away an indirect free kick which saw Carney deliver a ball to Trifunovic who rose above to put the Jets up 3-2, stunning the home fans.

City pressed for an equaliser as both Trifunovic and Alivodic looked dangerous. Four minutes was added to the 90 however City’s pressing did not pay off.

The majority of the 7209 in attendance left the stadium having learnt that football can often be, unfortunately for themselves on this occasion, a game of two halves.

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Clement Tito
Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.