Jets face record breaking consecutive defeats

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A costly mistake in the first minute against Western United left the Newcastle Jets chasing their tails into their sixth straight loss.

Western United left a lethargic Newcastle to scratch their heads within the first 40 seconds after Lachlan Wales netted the ball off Dylan Pierias’ handiwork in the midfield.

The early assault was persistent for United with Iker Guarrotxna looking to double the lead from outside the box. A strong save from Lewis Italiano gave the Jets a lucky break. 

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By the 10th minute, the Blue-and-Red’s awoke from their daze and lifted the intensity with three separate attacks on goal that worked to no avail. 

Newcastle started to comfortably hold possession. Roy O’Donovan looked to level the scoreboard but his flick left the ball bouncing past the far post. 

Valentino Yuel presented another fighting chance for the Jets in the 30th minute within the box. However, his attempt at goal sent the ball over the crossbar. 

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United continued to hold their ground during the homeside’s uptempo change of pace. Despite countless efforts by the Jets, United managed to fend off an equaliser goal.

In the 41st minute, Ramy Najjarine’s corner sent the ball towards the far side post but the close attempt was quickly denied by O’Donovan’s foul on Ryan Scott.

A controversial yellow card handed to Nigel Topor-Stanley in injury time gave United a free kick outside the box which was fortunately cleared by the homeside.

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The Blue-and-Reds secured a corner in the 46th minute and despite a few touches within the box, Yuel’s final header sent the ball flying out.

In the 52nd minute, a substitution for Alessandro Diamanti proved to be a tide-changing force for United. His ball to Connor Pain paved the way for Besart Berisha to almost tighten their lead.

A solid offensive effort by Yuel opened an opportunity for Stamatelopoulos near the penalty spot but his crafty flick off the boot narrowly missed the net. 

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In the 68th minute, Berisha almost doubled their lead yet VAR ruled the goal offside.

Numerous opportunities went amiss for the homeside and despite playing a high energy second half it was not enough to secure a favourable result.

The Jets left home turf with their six consecutive defeat while United edged higher up the ladder.

Newcastle Jets: 0
Western United:(Lachlan Wales ‘1) 

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Referee: Ben Abraham
Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher, James Cleal
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Newcastle Jets: 1. Lewis Italiano (GK), 9. Roy O’Donovan, 11. Ramy Najjarine, 17. Valentino Yuel, 16. Matthew Millar, 21. Luka Prso, 22. Lachlan Jackson, 24. Connor O’Toole, 32. Angus Thurgate, 33. Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, 44. Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Substitutes: 3. Jason Hoffman, 8. Liridon Krasniqi, 14. Ali Abbas, 20. Syahrian Abimanyu, 23. Jack Duncan (GK), 26. Archie Goodwin, 51. Jordan Lennon.

Western United: 4. Andrew Durante, 5. Dylan Pierias, 6. Tomoki Imai, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Lachlan Wales, 10. Steven Lustica, 11. Connor Pain, 22. Tomislav Uskok, 25. Luke Duzel, 30. Ryan Scott (GK), 34. Iker Guarrotxena.

Substitutes: 1. Filip Kurto (GK), 2. Aaron Calver, 3. Brendan Hamill, 9. Kaine Sheppard, 13. Ivan Vujica, 21. Sebastian Pasquali, 23. Alessandro Diamanti.

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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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