Box office Jets get their redemption against a depleted Phoenix

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It felt like December 10 all over again for Wellington Phoenix, going down 4-0 to a dominant Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday night.

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The three points were crucial for both teams going into the game, with Wellington chasing a spot in the top six and Newcastle desperate to stay in the running for finals.  

The first yellow card of the game went to Joshua Laws in just the fourth minute for a foul on Savvas Siatravanis and a follow-up touch of the referee.

Dominating possession early in the first half, it was Newcastle with the upper hand. The home side looked sure to score in the 14th minute after a pass from Olivier Boumal found Siatravanis’ head, however the shot narrowly went wide.

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After 25 minutes, the score remained at 0-0 despite five shots to the home side and four to the visitors.

The Jets continued to have chance after chance towards the end of the half but they were unable to trouble Phoenix keeper Alexander Paulsen.

Despite an extra minute of stoppage time and plenty of opportunities, both teams went into the break 0-0.

Just six minutes into the second half and the Jets continued their dominant display with Boumal finding the back of the net to make it 1-0.

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The first sub of the game came in the 57th minute with the visitors replacing Jaushua Sotirio with Callan Elliot.

It looked like the home side was going to get their second of the night in the 61st minute, however, Nicholas Pennington got in the way of Angus Thurgate’s shot at goal.

Boumal continued his outstanding performance, scoring his second of the night with an assist from Siatravanis to make it 2-0.

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The Jets weren’t done yet. Beka Mikeltadze made it 3-0 just four minutes later after a well-placed pass from Daniel Penha.

With just under 10 minutes of regular time left to play, the Jets weren’t content to leave it at 3-0. Eli Babalj joined the goalscorers of the night in the 83rd minute with a header after an assist from Murnane to make it 4-0.

After a dominant display from the word go, Newcastle took all three points in an impressive 4-0 win against Wellington.

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Newcastle Jets 4 (Boumal 51’ 63’, Mikeltadze 67’, Babalj 83’)

Wellington Phoenix 0 

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Alireza Faghani

Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & Brad Wright

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Newcastle Jets: Michael WEIER (GK), Jason HOFFMAN, Jordan ELSEY, Matthew JURMAN (C), Beka MIKELTADZE (Eli BABALJ 78’), Olivier BOUMAL (Valentino YUEL 70’), DANIEL PENHA, Mohamed AL-TAAY (Brandon WILSON 62’), Dylan MURNANE, Savvas SIATRAVANIS (Lucas MAURAGIS 78’), Angus THURGATE

Unused Subs: Kosta GROZOS, Taylor REGAN, Jack DUNCAN (GK)

Wellington Phoenix: Alexander PAULSEN (GK), Scott WOOTTON, James MCGARRY (George OTT 73’), Timothy PAYNE (Finn SURMAN 79’), Gael SANDOVAL, Jaushua SOTIRIO (Callan ELLIOT 57’), Nicholas PENNINGTON (Jackson MANUEL 78’), Louis FENTON, Sam SUTTON, Joshua LAWS, Gary HOOPER

Unused Subs: Matthew BOZINOVSKI, Kurtis MOGG, Henry GRAY (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Jemma Pepper 

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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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