Newcastle Jets make a comeback with another three points added to their tally

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One month on from the A-League’s worst start, the Newcastle Jets continue to accumulate points for their comeback after winning 1-0 against Melbourne City on home soil.

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The opening five minutes proved an equal battleground until golden boot striker Jamie Maclaren changed gears in the transition with a strike on target. However, Jack Duncan’s intuitive thinking shut down the early opportunity. 

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As the game went on, adrenaline spurred on Melbourne City, who kept Newcastle’s defence on their toes. 

In the 15th minute, Jason Hoffman attempted to bring the red-and-blues into the lead with a powerhouse strike, yet Thomas Glover’s equally quick reflexes came out on top.

When the Jets finally began displaying dominance in their attacking third, a goal by Valentino Yuel was disallowed by the VAR due to Roy O’Donovan positioned offside. 

Shortly after, in the 32nd minute, a handball by Nathaniel Atkinson gave Steven Ugarkovic a redeeming chance but his free-kick was deflected over the crossbar. 

Yuel was awarded his goal in the 40th minute, after tapping Angus Thurgate’s deflection off the post into net, leaving the Jets with a half time advantage at 1-0. 

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Both teams continued their strong pressing game style into the second half, cautiously waiting out the opposition to make mistakes. 

In the 54th minute, Adrian Luna and Atkinson’s quick footwork presented Ben Garuccio with a chance in front of goal, however Johnny Koutroumbs slid into action, poking the ball out for a corner. 

Despite an overall balanced game, Melbourne City were succumbing to the might of Newcastle, who continued to hassle the defence. 

In the 72nd minute, Luna capitalised on Connor O’Toole’s midfield error and had a two-on-one rally with Maclaren. Unfortunately, Lune wasted the massive opportunity, kicking the ball straight at Duncan.

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The game remained two and fro with ample chances for both sides. City’s desperation to level the score was equally matched with Newcastle’s pressing backline. 

O’Donovan’s substitute Tete Yengi almost stole the show in the final minutes with an unchallenged run to goal but it missed the mark.

Melbourne City are left to face another back-to-back, loss while the Jets added another three points to their growing tally.

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Newcastle Jets: 1 (Valentino Yuel ’40)
Melbourne City: 0 

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: Kearney Robinson, Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Newcastle Jets: 23. Jack Duncan (GK), 2. Johnny Koutroumbis, 3. Jason Hoffman, 4. Nigel Boogaard, 6. Steven Ugarkovic, 9. Roy O’Donovan, 17. Kauch Yuel, 21. Luka Prso, 24. Connor O’Toole, 32. Angus Thurgate, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley

Substitutes: 1. Lewis Italiano (GK), 13. Yerasimakis Petratos, 15. Tete Yengi, 18. Jack Armson,19. Kosta Petratos, 27. Lucas Mauragis, 28. Blake Archbold

Melbourne City: 1. Thomas Glover (GK), 3. Scott Jamieson, 4. Nuno Pereira Reis, 9. Jamie Maclaren, 10. Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, 11. Craig Noone, 13. Nathaniel Atkinson, 14. Naoki Tsubaki, 18. Connor Metcalfe, 20. Adrian Luna, 22. Curtis Good 

Substitutes: 33. Matthew Sutton (GK), 2. Scott Galloway, 16. Taras Gomulka, 17. Stefan Colakovski, 19. Benjamin Garuccio, 23. Marco Tilio, 43. Alec Mills

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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!

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