Young-gun secures first win for Newcastle

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After a frustrating winless start to their A-League season Newcastle Jets have secured their first win, a tight 1-0 defeat of new-boys Western United.

Young-gun Angus Thurgate scored his second-ever A-League goal in order to save the Jets from sitting at the foot of the table.

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Thurgate found his break late in the first half after he scored in the 36th minute.

The 19-year-old scored his second A-League goal after the ball was set up by Dimitri Petratos that gave him a chance to take on Western United keeper Filip Kurto one-on-one.

Despite their resilience, Western United struggled to make their chances in front of goal count missing out on their chance to sit at the top of the A-League table.

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United remained goalless in the first half as the struggled to break through Newcastle’s defence.

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United was gifted their best chance at goal in the 16th minute when Scott McDonald looked to header a corner by Alessandro Diamanti into the box but couldn’t angle the ball narrow enough to make the opportunity count.

Newcastle was the stronger side throughout the first half but struggled to make their early chances in front of goal count. Their best chance came when Jason Hoffman took a courageous strike at goal on a narrow-angle which skewed his chances.

United tried to even out the goal opportunity after defender Connor Pain took his first strike at goal for the season after Josh Risdon shot a low ball toward the goal but it was cleared by Newcastle defender Lachlan Jackson.

Filip Kurto deflected many of Newcastle’s early chances with a superb double save in the 31st minute after Dimitri Petratos and Angus Thurgate tried to strike.

Tensions ran high in the beginning of the second half after Diamanti was left seeing yellow in the after he got handsy during a challenge with Nick Fitzgerald. Diamanti tried to turn a negative into a positive trying to take an early chance at goal in the 58th minute after he went searching for the top corner of the box.

Fitzgerald’s turn at seeing yellow did not come to much later after he was fouled after pushing Dario Jertec to the ground. United struggled to a make their chance at a free count with Jertec and Diamanti sending volley’s too wide of the net.

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Risdon tried to level up the scores in the 70th minute after super sub Max Burgess set up an assist minutes after coming off the bench that gave Risdon ample time score. The VAR wasn’t too far away after a review called no goal with ultimate striker Besart Berisha offside.

Newcastle keeper Glen Moss had his work cut out for him making four crucial interventions within three minutes as United were desperate for a chance to equalise again.

Despite three minutes of additional time, United could not make any of their late chances count.

Western United: 0
Newcastle Jets: 1 (Thurgate 36’)

Stadium: GMBHA Stadium
Attendance: 5688

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Brown
Assistant Referee 2: Tony Peart
Fourth Official: Adam Bavcar
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Western United: Filip KURTO (GK), Aaron CALVER, Andrew DURANTE, Connor CHAPMAN, Scott MCDONALD, Connor PAIN, Josh RISDON, Dario JERTEC, Besart BERISHA, Ersan GULUM, Alessandro DIAMANTI, Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS (Sub 65’) Max BURGESS (Sub 69’) Kwabena APPIAH-KUBI (Sub’ 87)
Unused Subs: Brendan HAMILL, Dylan PIERIAS, Ivan VUJICA, Ryan SCOTT (GK)

Newcastle Jets: Glen MOSS (GK), Jason HOFFMAN, Ben KANTAROVSKI, Steven UGARKOVIC, Dimi PETRATOS, Nick FITZGERALD, Matt MILLAR, Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, Lachlan JACKSON, Angus THURGATE, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Patrick LANGLOIS (Sub 80’) Kosta PETRATOS (Sub 82’)
Unused Subs: Nigel BOOGAARD, Jack SIMMONS, Lewis ITALIANO (GK),

Feature Image Credit: Sproule Sport 

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Suzanna Telai
Football enthusiast and student journalist, covering Western United for the 2019/20 A-League season