Love and wind in the air for Jets and Roar

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Neither side could find the back of the net to seal the deal on Valentine’s Day, instead the Brisbane Roar and Newcastle Jets match ended in a goalless outing in the wind at Dolphin Stadium.

Both teams created plenty of opportunities across the 90 minutes but were unable to gift the 7,319 fans on hand a Valentine’s Day delight.

Neither side were able to make inroads in the opening exchanges due to the strong wind behind Newcastle’s back.

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The home side had the first chance of the afternoon 15 minutes in, with Aldred giving away a free kick as he failed to capitalise off an O’Shea cross.

Five minutes later, Jamie Young managed to save a Ugarkovic shot sent in from over 35 yards out, with both sides continuing to play end-to-end football.

With the wind against them, the Roar were unable to make the most of their opportunities in front of goal.

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Valentino Yuel almost grabbed his fifth goal for the season, with a curling shot from outside the box denied by the right post.

Despite generating plenty of chances, both sides remained goalless heading into the sheds.

The second half started just like the first, with neither side looking dangerous as both teams adapted to the change of ends.

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From a Corey Brown corner in the 62nd minute, Wenzel-Halls swung and missed the ball in the centre of the box as the Roar rushed another chance.

With 20 minutes left to play, Wenzel-Halls had another crack from long range but was again denied by Duncan who did well to prevent multiple Brisbane chances.

Heading into the final ten minutes, both sides were desperate to find a winner but Brisbane looked the most likely.

Wenzel-Halls broke free with five remaining but sliced a shot to give Duncan one of his most comfortable saves of the evening.

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Thurgate gifted Brisbane a free kick in a dangerous position with O’Shea narrowly curling his shot over the crossbar.

O’Shea’s corner found McDonald’s head in the 89th minute but was not enough to beat Duncan’s lightning-fast reflexes.

The Roar continued to apply the pressure all the way through stoppage time but were unable to grab a late winner.

Both the Roar and Jets fought hard but were unable to adapt to the consistently strong wind throughout.

Brisbane Roar: 0
Newcastle Jets:
0

Dolphin Stadium
Referee: Ben Abraham
Assistant Referees: Ashley Beecham & Nathan MacDonald
Fourth Official: Adam Kersey

Brisbane Roar: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Corey BROWN, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Riku DANZAKI, Jack HINGERT, Jesse DALEY (Rahmat AKBARI 67’), Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, Jay O’SHEA, Kai TREWIN, Scott MCDONALD

Unused Subs: Macklin FREKE (GK), Masato KUDO, Joshua BRINDELL-SOUTH, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, Keegan JELACIC, Alex PARSONS

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Johnny KOURTROUMBIS, Nigel BOOGAARD (C), Steven UGARKOVIC, Roy O’DONOVAN (Tete YENGI 89’), Kuach YUEL, Kosta PETRATOS (Lucas MAURAGIS 46’), Luka PRSO (Ali ABBAS 70), Connor O’TOOLE, Angus THURGATE, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY 

Unused Subs: Lewis ITALIANO (GK), Jack ARMSON, Lachlan JACKSON

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