Wanderers stumble at Spotless

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Two goals in the final ten minutes has seen Newcastle Jets hold the Western Sydney Wanderers to an entertaining 2-2 draw at Spotless Stadium.

The first ever football game at the ground delivered on all fronts with the home side letting a two goal lead drop late on.

It was a shaky start from both teams defensively with the Wanderers almost going ahead after just a minute when a horrendous clearance from the Jets saw Kerem Bulut head an effort just wide of the post with Jack Duncan off his line.

Dominating the ball, Western Sydney peppered the Jets goal early with Kearyn Baccus, Jumpei Kusukami and Jack Clisby all registering shots in the first 20 minutes.

With pressure mounting, the Jets would eventually fall behind with Wanderers defender Aritz Borda nodding home his first goal for the club. The tall centre headed the ball into the bottom right of goal in the 24th minute following a pinpoint corner from Dimas.

Minutes after the goal, Bulut was handed the game’s first yellow card as the game stagnated for a ten-minute period.

Clisby breathed life back into the match in the 35th minute when he was found inside the box by Nichols only for the Jets defence to close him down before he could pull the trigger.

Newcastle’s Lachlan Jackson had to be withdrawn after making the crucial intervention and was replaced by former Wanderer Mateo Poljak before the break.

With halftime looming the Wanderers first half dominance was further rewarded when Steven Lustica had his lobbed pass handballed by Benjamin Kantarovski inside the box to win a penalty. Newly appointed Western Sydney captain Dimas confidently tucked home from the spot to make it 2-0 to the home side at the break, securing his first A-League goal in the process.

As the second 45 minutes got under way it remained the Red and Black in control as Baccus showed his confidence from range forcing a save out of Duncan in the 50th minute.

Despite getting little time on the ball in the first half the Jets were showing signs of life with Devante Clut and Andrew Nabbout getting shots away either side of the 54th minute. Nabbout succumbed to injury after his shot as the Jets casualty ward continued to grow.

The Wanderers were quick to respond to the Jets foray forward as Jumpei darted his way into the Jets’ box minutes later with Duncan forced into a fine low save.

Desperate for a goal the Jets were caught pushing men forward in the 70th minute with Nichols and Jumpei almost combining brilliantly on the top of the box, only for the Japanese winger to fail to make initial contact with the ball.

The Jets were persistent in attack and if it weren’t for two desperate blocks inside the box in the 73rd minute would have found their first goal.

Looking threatening down the right, the Jets Andrew Hoole whipped a ball across goal minutes later only for Scott Neville to intervene.

It was Hoole who would indeed provide the Jets first goal however, curling a freekick into the box with Nigel Boogaard climbing highest to nod home in the 81st minute.

Looking shaky at the back, the Wanderers were caught out at the back on several occasions in the following minutes with Andrew Redmayne forced from his box in the 86th minute, taking Noordstrand out and shown a yellow card.

The Jets then drew level from the resultant freekick as Hoole curled his shot around the wall and into the bottom right past Redmayne.

A shaky final few minutes from both teams meant neither side was able to find a winning goal, a 2-2 draw the final result.

The Wanderers will be disappointed to let that one slip after having the game so firmly in hand, the Jets continuing to impress and show they aren’t going to be written off this season.

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Borda 24’, Dimas 45’)

Newcastle Jets 2 (Boogaard 81’, Hoole 88’)

Stadium: Spotless Stadium (Attendance: 13, 247)

Referee: Chris Beath

Assistant Referee 1: Greg Taylor

Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Giev

Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Western Sydney Wanderers: 20. REDMAYNE Andrew, 3. CLISBY Jack (5. HAMILL Brendan 87’) , 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 7. LUSTICA Steven (10. MARTINEZ Nicolas 57’), 8. DIMAS, 9. BULUT Kerem (11. SANTALAB Brendon 75’), 12. NEVILLE Scott, 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, BACCUS Kearyn, 17. BORDA Aritz, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert

Substitutes: 1. TYSON Jerrad, 5. HAMILL Brendan, 10. MARTINEZ Nicolas, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 13. PINATARES Bruno

Newcastle Jets: 20. DUNCAN Jack, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel, 5. KANTAROVSKI Benjamin, 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 10. BROWN Wayne, 13. VUJICA Ivan, 15. NABBOUT Andrew (19. NORDSTRAND Morten 58’), 16. COWBURN Nicholas, 22. JACKSON Lachlan (8. POLJAK Mateo 40’), 23. CLUT Devante (3. HOFFMAN Jason 75’)

Substitutes: 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 11. HALITI Labinot, 19. NORDSTRAND Morten, 30. CLARK Pierce

 

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Joshua Thomas
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A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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