Newcastle’s booing silenced by the quality of Wanderers

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The Newcastle Jets second half comeback was not enough to stop the force of Western Sydney Wanderers, with a 2-1 loss at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The Jets were on the front foot early, Valentino Yuel showcasing his mastery in the opening minutes with a shot on goal blocked by Daniel Margush. 

In the fifth minute Jets had another chance following a cross from Ramy Najjarine, however the ball went soaring past the crossbar.

But it would be Western Sydney Wanderers who would take a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute after a cross from James Trios found Ziggy Gordon’s head and tumbled into the left corner.

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Najjarine was busy for the Red and Blues, with two respective crosses landing at Roy O’Donovan’s feet inside the box.

In the 25th minute, Nicolai Müller scored a sensational long-ranged shot before it was ruled out by VAR due to his teammate, Simon Cox, being offside. 

Yuel continued to cause distress in the attacking third. A beautiful through-ball from O’Donovan landed at the 26-year-old’s feet. He charged for the bottom left corner to no avail.

Goalkeeper Jack Duncan was forced into a save to avert a second Wanderers goal after Tate Russell angled himself outside the box. 

An impressive intercept in the midfield from young-gun Graham Dorrans gave Müller another chance to reclaim his lost goal, but it flew above the bar.

Wanderers finished the half with clear dominance and control. 

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Müller made his presence known in the second half, sending a corner into the box into the box before it was kicked over the back line for a goal kick by Gordon. 

An error from Angus Thurgate in the defensive half paved the way for Western Sydney’s Tate Russell to finish in the 57th minute and double the visitors lead. 

In the 73rd minute, Nigel Boogaard gave Jets fans hope as he made it 2-1, latching onto a a cross from O’Donovan.

O’Donovan almost found the equaliser in the 88th minute from a freekick, but it was not to be.

Whilst the Jets found their footing in the second half they failed to convert their many opportunities, Western Sydney’s unmistakable dominance leaving the home side with their second loss of the season.

Newcastle Jets: 1 (Boogaard 73’)
Western Sydney Wanderers: 2 (Gordon 7′, Russell 57’)

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & James Cleal
Fourth Official: Alex King

Newcastle Jets: 23. Jack Duncan (GK), 4. Nigel Boogaard, 6. Steven Ugarkovic, 9. Roy O’Donovan, 11. Ramy Najjarine, 17. Kauch Yuel, 19. Kosta Petratos, 24. Connor O’Toole, 27. Lucas Mauragis, 32. Angus Thurgate, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley

Substitutes: 1. Lewis Italiano (GK), 13. Yerasimakis Petratos, 14. Ali Abbas, 15. Tete Yengi, 18. Jack Armson, 22. Lachlan Jackson, 28. Blake Archbold

Western Sydney Wanderers: 30. Daniel Margush, 2. Zygmunt Gordon, 4. Dylan McGowan, 6. Tass Mourdoukoutas, 10. Simon Cox, 13. Tate Russell, 14. James Troisi, 17. Keanu Baccus, 18. Graham Dorrans, 27. Nicolai Muller, 39. Thomas Aquilina

Substitutes: 50. Oliver Kalac, 5. Daniel Georgievski, 8. Jordan O’Doherty, 9. Bernie Ibini-Isei, 11. Kwame Yeboah, 23. Kostandinos Grozos, 33. Mark Natta

Feature image credit: Newcastle Jets

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Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!