Critical Boogaard mistake sees Adelaide snatch points

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An ultimately critical mistake from Nigel Boogaard resulted in a penalty in the 90th minute which saw Adelaide defeat the Jets 2-1 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday night.

Having conceded first, the Jets seemed to be crawling back into the game, but their comeback was cut short by Craig Goodwin from the penalty spot in injury time.

The Jets had the better of the chances in the earlier stages of the first half. Newcastle’s most threatening attacks were directed down Adelaide’s right hand side, with Jair and Daniel Georgievski linking up nicely and creating chances on a number of occasions.

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As has often been the case this season, The Jets were unable to convert their plentiful creation of goalscoring opportunities into actual goals. Adelaide capitalised on this in the 38th minute, where Nikola Mileusnic pounced on a ricocheting ball on the back post following a chip from Ben Halloran.

It was a true poachers finish against the run of play.

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Newcastle’s biggest chance in the first half fell to Jair following some slick link up play between Jair and Georgievski. The Brazilian’s powerful shot was well saved on the near post by Paul Izzo, but Jair’s air-swing follow up left a lot to be desired.

The earlier stages of the second half saw Adelaide start to control the game and limit Newcastle’s attacking threat. The Reds were defensively robust and made it much more difficult for Newcastle to create.

After being denied by the offside flag on the 66th minute, Roy O’Donovan announced his return to McDonald Jones Stadium with a bang – scoring a delightful header on the back post following an inch-perfect cross from Kaine Sheppard.

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The Jets were off the runway after this, and seemed to be uplifted with a renewed sense of energy and confidence. Dimi Petratos was slipped in behind one-on-one and forced an incredible save from Paul Izzo. An outstretched leg kept his side in the game.

Shortly following this, Nigel Boogaard made a horrendous mistake in the 89th minute when he needlessly brought down Ryan Kitto in the box with a slide tackle. Craig Goodwin made no mistake and slotted the penalty past Lewis Italiano on debut.

The Reds left Newcastle with all three points, in what could prove to be a critical six-pointer in the broader context of the season.

Newcastle Jets 1 (O’Donovan 75’)
Adelaide United 2 (Mileusnic 38’, Goodwin 90′)

McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Jarred Gillet
Assistant Referees: David Walsh & Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Stephen Laurie

Newcastle Jets: Glen Moss (gk) (Lewis Italiano 45’), Jason Hoffman, Nigel Boogaard (c), Benjamin Kantarovski, Steven Ugarkovic (Matthew Ridenton 45’), Dimitri Petratos, Jair (Kaine Sheppard 70’), Ronald Vargas, Kaine Sheppard, Daniel Georgievski, Nikolai Topor-Stanley
Unused subs: John Koutroumbis, Angus Thurgate

Adelaide United: Paul Izzo (gk), Scott Galloway (Micheal Marrone 86’), Ryan Strain, Taylor Regan, Vince Lia, Isais (c), Ken Ilso Larsen (Ryan Kitto 60’), Craig Goodwin, Nikola Mileusnic (George Blackwood 68’), Micheal Jakobsen, Benjamin Halloran
Unused Subs: Daniel Margush (gk), Nathan Konstandopoulos

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Harry Keating
Intern at The Football Sack covering The Newcastle Jets A-League and W-League home matches!