Late penalty sees Jets snatch point from Wanderers

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The newfound bitter rivalry between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets continued with a drama-fuelled 1-1 draw at a rainy Bankwest Stadium on Friday.

The Jets snatched a point through Roy O’Donovan’s penalty in the 81st minute, conceded by Patrick Ziegler just minutes after he was substituted on.

It came after Bernie Ibini opened his Wanderers account with a strike against his former club in the 36th minute, which gave the Red & Black a lead they held for most of the match but ultimately let slip.

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VAR was not on the Wanderers’ side, waving away James Troisi’s penalty shout in the first half before upholding the decision to award the Jets their equalising spot kick.

Newcastle would come away the happier of the two sides, denying the Wanderers and their former coach Carl Robinson a chance to go top of the league.

The wet conditions had little impact on the quality of football played, especially in the first half which saw several great chances go either way.

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VAR was called upon early on after James Troisi was tripped in the box by Connor O’Toole, but Ben Abraham’s original adjudication of no penalty stood.

Western Sydney were dealt another cruel blow in the 34th minute, as Nicolai Muller was forced off the field through injury.

But his replacement Simon Cox made an immediate impact, teeing up the Wanderers’ breakthrough goal just two minutes after entering the game.

Cox fired a long-range shot into the post, and the ball sat up for Bernie Ibini to score his Wanderers goal against his former club. Ibini did not hold back with his celebrations either, rubbing salt into the Jets’ wounds.

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A gorgeous passage of play between Tate Russell and James Troisi set up Cox to score one for himself soon after, but the striker was caught offside.

After chances dried up in the second half, Wanderers coach Carl Robinson looked to shut up shop in the closing stages with a triple substitution, but the move backfired massively.

Just moments after coming on, Patrick Ziegler clipped Luka Prso in the box, gifting Newcastle a chance to equalise from the penalty spot. O’Donovan made no mistake, firing his shot into the roof of the net to make it 1-1 with less than 10 minutes to play.

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The Jets had a chance to snatch all three points in the final minute of stoppage time from a corner kick but were unable to snatch a winner.

However they would remain pleased with the result away from home, which stopped the Wanderers short of moving into top spot on the A-League ladder.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Ibini 36’)
Newcastle Jets 1 (O’Donovan 81’)

Bankwest Stadium

Referee: Ben Abraham
Assistant Referees: Andrej Giev, Brad Wright
Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Ziggy GORDON, Mark NATTA, Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS (Patrick ZIEGLER 78’), Tate RUSSELL (Bruce KAMAU 78’), Thomas AQUILINA, Keanu BACCUS, Graham DORRANS, James TROISI (Jordan O’DOHERTY 78’), Nicolai MULLER (Simon COX 34’), Bernie IBINI (Kwame YEBOAH 60’)
Unused Subs: Oliver KALAC (GK), Daniel GEORGIEVSKI

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, Nigel BOOGAARD, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, Connor O’TOOLE, Jason HOFFMAN (Lucas MAURAGIS 68’), Steven UGARKOVIC, Angus THURGATE, Ramy NAJJARINE (Luka PRSO 68’), Valentino YUEL, Roy O’DONOVAN
Unused Subs: Lewis ITALIANO (GK), Maki PETRATOS, Tete YENGI, Kosta PETRATOS, Blake ARCHBOLD

Featured image credit: Peter Hugg

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.

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