When it rains, it pours: Newcastle Jets crushing 4-1 defeat

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Adelaide United ran away with a 4-1 victory over the Newcastle Jets after an inspiring first half display.

The away side opted for a full force attack in the opening minutes, paving no mind to the wet weather conditions and claimed early success.

Kusini Yengi’s high pressure on Nigel Boogard won him the ball for a clear shot at goal, bringing them to 1-0 by the 5th minute. 

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In the 10th minute, Stefan Mauk made the scorecard after a solid cross from Craig Goodwin connected with the captain who tucked it away in the bottom right corner and cemented a 2-0 lead. 

Valentino Yuel substituted Johnny Koutroumbis and opened the Red-And-Blue’s attack. However, the dishevelled Jets scrambled to keep pace with a relentless United side. 

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Newcastle finally gained momentum with Ugarkovic and Angus Thurgate respectfully finding opportunities at goal. Yet the away side was on their tails at every turn, quickly reclaiming possession.

In the 40th minute, Benjamin Halloran further splintered Newcastle’s shaky confidence and brought Adelaide to 3-0 off a cross over the goal face.

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Shortly after in the 43rd minute, a foul on Yengi from Nigel Topor-Stanely inside the box gave United the penalty. Goodwin’s success left them at 4-0 by half time. 

Adelaide United started the second half with the same momentum as the first. Yengi drove a powerful strike to the nearby post but Lewis Italiano secured the save. 

In the 55th minute, Yengi continued to outmanoeuvre the Jet’s backline. After squeezing through the defensive gaps, his shot at goal landed on the side netting. 

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Ten minutes after, Yuel delivered a ball to Matthew Millar inside the box. However, the powerful strike was brutally rejected by the underside of the cross bar and bounced out. 

In the 69th minute, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos brought the Jets onto the scoreboard at 4-1. Ramy Najjarine sent the ball to the forward, whose header tumbled through Joe Gauci’s legs and into the net. 

The Jets attempted to redeem their first half blunders but failed to unravel United’s formidable defence.

Although they did not concede in the second half, a scrappy performance by the red-and-blue’s left them with their fourth straight loss.

Newcastle Jets: 1 (Stamatelopoulos 69’)
Adelaide United: 4 (Yengi 5’, Mauk 11’, Halloran 40’, Goodwin 43’)

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
Assistant Referees: Nathan MacDonald, Andrew Lindsay
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Newcastle Jets: 1. Lewis Italiano (GK), 2. Johnny Koutroumbis, 4. Boogaard, 6. Ugarkovic, 9. Roy O’Donovan, 16. Matthew Millar, 21. Luka Prso, 24. Connor O’Toole, 32. Angus Thurgate, 33. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley

Substitutes: 8. Liridon Krasniqi, 11. Ramy Najjarine, 14. Ali Abbas, 17. Valentino Yuel, 22. Lachlan Jackson, 23. Jack Duncan (GK), 28. Blake Archbold

Adelaide United: 46. Joe Gauci (GK), 4. Ryan Strain, 6. Louis D’Arrigo, 8. Stefan Mauk, 11. Craig Goodwin, 21. Javier Lopez Rodriguez, 22. Michael Jakobsen, 23. Jordan Elsey, 26. Benjamin Halloran, 27. Joshua Cavallo, 29. Kusini Yengi.

Substitutes: 3. George Timotheou, 18. Joe Caletti, 24. Pacifique Niyongabire, 34. Yared Abetew, 35. Al Hassan Toure, 33. Dakota Ochsendem (GK)

Featured image credit: Adelaide United / Jordan Trombetta

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Jemma Pepper
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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