City get three points over a sluggish Newcastle

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It was too little too late for the Newcastle Jets after Melbourne City proved themselves to be top contenders for the premiership this season, running away with a 4-2 win and sailing into second place on the A-League Men’s ladder.

The Jets had plenty to play for coming into the match as it marked veteran Jason Hoffman’s 250th game. It was, however, the visitors’ dominating possession early, at 65 per cent after just 10 minutes, that shone.

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City had the first real opportunity to open the scoring after Mathew Leckie took a shot that just went wide.

Things started to heat up between the two sides in the 19th minute, as both teams started arguing their side with the referee over a possible foul. The decision went to VAR with the call going against the visitors, with Jamie Maclaren being carded for simulation.

A blow for Newcastle came in the 28th minute with Matthew Juram coming off the field with a possible injury, replaced by Riley Warland.

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There was plenty of tension from both sides as the clock began to tick, with neither being able to get themselves into any kind of flow.

After plenty of opportunities it was City’s Florin Berenguer who found the back of the net to put his side up 1-0.

The visiting side’s second yellow card went to Andrew Nabbout for a foul on Newcastle’s Samuel Silvera.

The Jets’ chance to even things up came just before half time, with an on target shot from Daniel Penha effortlessly saved by Thomas Glover.

Going into half time it was the visitor’s up 1-0.

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City continued their dominance with a second goal in the 52nd minute, after Maclaren made it 2-0 after an assist from Berenguer.

The visitors were not finished dominating, however, with their third goal coming in the 56th minute. Leckie managed to find the back of the net for the first time in 11 years to make it 3-0.

The home side was not bowing out, however, and continued to seek a goal. Their chance came after a foul on Valentino Yuel earned a penalty kick. Beka Mikeltadze stepped up to the spot and got Newcastle on the scoreboard to make it 3-1.

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City continued to rub salt in the wound after Maclaren got his second and his team’s fourth of the night in the 66th minute.

Newcastle refused to surrender and continued to seek another goal. They received their dues through Angus Thurgate. The midfielder slotted away his side’s second goal of the night off an assist from Penha to decrease City’s lead to two.

It was the visitor’s with the 4-2 win at full time, however, taking them up to second place on the ALM ladder.

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Newcastle Jets: 2 (Mikeltadze 60’, Thurgate 84’)

Melbourne City: 4 (Berenguer 40’, Maclaren 52’ 66’, Leckie 56’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY, Matthew JURMAN (C) (Riley WARLAND 28’ (Savvas SIATRAVANIS 85’)), Dylan MURNANE (Taylor REGAN 61’), Jordan O’DOHERTY (Kosta GROZOS 61’), Angus THURGATE, Olivier BOUMAL, Samuel SILVERA (Valentino YUEL 46’), Daniel PENHA, Beka MIKELTADZE

Unused subs: Michael WEIER (GK), Mohamed AL-TAAY

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Scott GALLOWAY, Curtis GOOD (Carl JENKINSON 70’), Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Scott JAMIESON (C), Aiden O’NEILL, Connor METCALFE, Florin BERENGUER (Taras GOUMULKA 80’), Andrew NABBOUT (Marco TILIO 70’), Jamie MACLAREN, Mathew LECKIE (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 90+5’)

Unused subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Manuel PUCCIARELLI, Kerrin STOKES

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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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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