Adelaide complete late comeback against Newcastle

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After leading 1-0 late in the game, Newcastle Jets bowed out of the contest in the dying stages as Adelaide United ran away with a 2-1 victory on Sunday.

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Three minutes into game and it was Adelaide with the first real opportunity. Mohamed Toure had a clear shot at goal which was successfully blocked by Dane Ingham before he was called offside.

The home side’s first opportunity came after a foul on Daniel Penha saw him awarded a free-kick, however he was unable to find the back of the net.

The first yellow card of the game went to Adelaide’s Juande after tripping Savvas Siatravanis in the 15th minute.

The Jets certainly didn’t look like a team who hadn’t played for six weeks as they dominated possession early in the first half.

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The second yellow card of the game also went the Reds’ way after Javier Lopez took on Newcastle’s Olivier Boumal.

Adelaide wasn’t done with their yellow cards yet, with Jacob Tratt being booked after tripping Jordan O’Doherty and Toure earned himself one for simulation.

A major chance for Newcastle came in the 38th minute with Siatravanis looking sure to score after a cross from Penha, but his shot went wide.

Despite the home side’s attacking prowess and defensive efforts against a sub-par Adelaide United, both teams went into the break 0-0.

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The first subs for both teams came before kicking off the second half with Newcastle opting for one change and Adelaide for two.

A head clash between Penha and Juande in the 51st minute saw play halted while both were attended to and assessed.

As Newcastle began to warm into the second half, it was their time to shine with Beka Mikeltadze finding the back of the net after a cross from Boumal in the 59th minute to make it 1-0.

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The visitors saw their first real chance at goal come in the 65th minute with Josh Cavallo taking a shot, however, it was effortlessly saved by the gloves of Jack Duncan.

Jets playmaker Mikeltadze was subbed off in the 76th minute with a cramp, being replaced by Eli Babalj.

A fifth yellow card went the way of the visitors in the 80th minute with Hiroshi Ibuski jumping at Matthew Jurman.

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With Newcastle looking sure to take home the win, Adelaide’s Nestory Irankunda took his chance to even things up with a brilliant free-kick in the 88th minute to tie things up at 1-1.

Adelaide then took the lead in the final five minutes of the game with Hiroshi Ibusuki finding the back of the net to make it 2-1.

At the blow of the final whistle, it was Adelaide with the victory after a last-ditch effort in the dying minutes of the game.

Newcastle Jets 1 (Mikeltadze 59’)

Adelaide United 2 (Irankunda 88’, Ibusuki 90+1’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & Hugh Fenton-White

Fourth Official: Sam Kelly

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY, Matthew JURMAN (C), Jordan O’DOHERTY (Mohamed AL-TAAY 68’), Beka MIKELTATADZE (Eli BABALJ 76’), Olivier BOUMAL, Daniel PENHA (Kosta GROZOS 90’), Savvas SIATRAVANIS (Samuel SILVERA 46’), Angus THURGATE

Unused Subs: Dylan MURNANE, Riley WARLAND, Michael WEIER (GK)

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Louis D’ARRIGO, Ryan KITTO (C), George BLACKWOOD (Nestory IRANKUNDA 71’), Mohamed TOURE (Hiroshi IBUSKI 46’), Yaya DUKULY (Lachlan BROOK 46’), Javier LOPEZ, Michael JAKOBSEN, Jacob TRATT, Juande LOPEZ, Bernardo OLIVEIRA (Joshua CAVALLO 65’)

Unused Subs: Lachlan BARR, Steven HALL (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Jordan Trombetta 

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Grace Clegg
Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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