Clinical Jets claim first win of the season in Wollongong

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Newcastle Jets survived late pressure from a persistent Wellington Phoenix to claim their first points of the season.

Despite dominating the possession, shots and corner statistics, Wellington Phoenix couldn’t put away the previously winless Newcastle Jets.

Tomer Hemed was put in behind early, with a lovely dinked ball from the Phoenix skipper, Ulises Davila finding the Israeli striker. Hemed then went down as calls for a penalty were waived away by Alex King.

Valentino Yuel broke the deadlock just nine minutes in, with his third goal of the season. A Roy O’Donovan through-ball caught the Phoenix short on numbers. Yuel then finished assuredly as his strike went in off the post.

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Davila struck the post in retaliation with a left-footed strike from outside the box after working some space nicely.

The Jets counterattacking continued as O’Donovan flicked an O’Toole cross just over Stefan Marinovic’s bar.

Jaushua Sotirio drove at the Newcastle defence and smartly used the decoy runs of both Davila and Hemed. Space opened up, only for him to fire his strike from outside the box just over the bar.

The Jets started the second half strongly with some play down the right before O’Donovan struck the side netting.

A Davila corner from the ride hand side was flicked on at the near post by David Ball who looked for the far side of the goal. His effort struck the post as Jack Duncan looked on in hope. The Jets goal living a charmed life.

Wellington went down a second goal five minutes into the second half after Yuel returned the favour for O’Donovan. The veteran striker scoring his first of the season, slotting calmly past an on-rushing Marinovic.

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The Phoenix tried desperately to pull a goal back. Tim Payne and Davila both had shots flash wide moments later one after the other.

After that Payne was involved again moments later. He flashed a ball across goal which substitute Ben Waine just couldn’t get a toe to.

Yuel should have put the game to bed in the 77th minute, however his curling effort just missed the top corner.

Five minutes from time Connor O’Toole fouled Cameron Devlin just inside the box. The Nix’s skipper Davila stepped up and sent Jack Duncan the wrong way, slotting it to the right.

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Jack Duncan kept his side from losing their advantage two minutes later foiling substitute Mirza Muratovic with an outstretched leg.

That was all she wrote. Craig Deans and his side leave Wollongong with a deserved three points and a lot of positives moving forward. The Phoenix remain winless, despite having 23 shots and the majority of possession.

 

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Ulises Davila 85′)
Newcastle Jets 2 (Valentino Yuel 8′, Roy O’Donovan 51′)

Stadium: WIN Stadium

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields & Adam Powers
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Wellington Phoenix: Stefan MARINOVIC (GK), Timothy PAYNE (Louis FENTON 83’), Luke DEVERE, Joshua LAWS, James MCGARRY, Matthew RIDENTON (Clayton LEWIS 52’), Cameron DEVLIN, Ulises DAVILA (C), David BALL, Jaushua SOTIRIO (Mirza MURATOVIC), Tomer HEMED (Benjamin WAINE, 70’)
Unused Subs: Oliver SAIL (GK), Liam MCGING, Te ATAWAI HUDSON WIHONGI

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Jason HOFFMAN, John KOUTROMBIS Nigel BOOGARD (C), Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Connor O’TOOLE, Steven UGARKOVIC, Angus THURGATE, Raimy NAJJARINE (Kosta PETRATOS 60’), Roy O’DONOVAN (Blake ARCHBOLD, 72’), Valentino YUEL (Tele YENGI 93’)
Unused Subs: Lewis ITALIANO (GK), Yerasimakis PETRATOS, Jack SIMMONS, Lucas MAURAGIS

Featured image credit: Newcastle Jets

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