Newcastle marks tenth winless match

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Western United have found themselves 2-0 victors, to mark the Newcastle Jets’ tenth winless match.

Mark Rudan and his side did not have much to do as the Jets did not go forward due to Ramy Najjarine’s absense, so they were never a threat to United.

Western found themselves ahead early on, courtesy of a Nikolai Topor-Stanley own goal. After a forward pass from Alessandro Diamanti to the feet of forward Lachlan Wales, who attempted to cross the ball to the waiting Besart Berisha. In an attempt to block the cross, the ball deflected off the foot of Stanley into the back of the net.

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In yet another United vs VAR case, they were denied a second goal after Berisha was ruled offside. In what seems to be a regular occurrence for this side, it was another questionable decision, with the upper body of Berisha seemingly offside in the eyes of VAR.

Western finally got the second goal in the 69th minute after a goal from young star Dylan Pierias. With fellow forward Berisha splitting the defence with a cross-field pass to the path of Victor Sanchez, who laid it off to an overlapping Aaron Calver who crossed it low to Pierias, who had a simple tap in.

Newcastle found themselves on the back foot from the game’s onset, with United seemingly winning all of the midfield battles, only midfield star Steven Ugarkovic had a chance early on in the game.

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Having the ball on the edge of the box, Ugarkovic curled a shot just wide of the far post, beating a leaping Ryan Scott to go wide.

This game again unfortunately puts the Jets further from finals contention, for a side that is relatively good defensively, their lack of attacking threat going forward has killed their chances. The loss marked ten games without a win for the Jets.

Socceroo Josh Risdon may find himself having another stint on the sideline after seemingly reaggravating his leg after getting a knock early in the game.

United have now gained a point from three consecutive matches in the league, the first time they have done so all season.

After United won the game, they moved to sixth on the table with a game in hand over Macarthur FC and Sydney FC, leaving them in a great position going into finals.

Western United: 2 (Topor-Stanley (og) 12’, Pierias 69’)

Newcastle Jets: 0

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referees: George Lakrindis, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Western United: Ryan Scott (gk), Andrew Durante, Dylan Pierias, Tomoki Imai, Besart Berisha, Lachlan Wales, Connor Pain, Joshua Risdon, Victor Sanchez Mata, Alessandro Diamanti, Luke Duzel, Aaron Calver (sub 22′), Iker Guarrotxena (sub 82′), Dalibor Markovic (sub 82′), Sebastian Pasquali (sub 90+2′), Bradden Inman (sub 90+2′)

Unused subs: Kaine Sheppard, Steven Lustica, Filip Kurto (gk)

Newcastle Jets: Lewis Italiano (gk), Steven Ugarkovic, Roy O’Donovan, Matthew Millar, Kuach Yuel, Luka Prso, Lachlan Jackson, Connor O’Toole, Angus Thurgate, Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Jason Hoffman (sub 62′), Liridon Krasniqi (sub 62′), Ali Abbas (sub 70′), John Koutroumbis (sub 76′), Kosta Petrato (sub 76′)

Unused subs: Nigel Boogaard, Ali Abbas, Jack Duncan (gk)

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Pokuah Frimpong
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