F3 Derby finishes on a sour note as Jets and Mariners come to blows

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Passion turned ugly in Saturday night’s F3 Derby with Newcastle Jets’ Daniel Penha red carded in the dying minutes of the game.

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Down 4-2 with less than a minute left to play, Penha was handed a red card for an elbow to the face of Mariner Harrison Steele. Penha, clearly fuming with the decision, was unobliging when exiting the field, having to be escorted by members of the Jets coaching staff.

After a highly competitive game full of passion from both sides, the red card saw the home side finish the game on a sour note.

In the post-match press conference, Mariners head coach Nick Montgomery spoke of his disappointment in Penha’s actions and behaviour.

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“I’d be disappointed if that was one of my players. It was an elbow in the face,” he said.

“He probably could have been sent off before for shouting and swearing at the officials but he’s a quality player and to be honest they’ve relied on him all season to create and score goals for them and I think tonight he got frustrated.

“It’s disappointing because I know he elbowed someone a couple of weeks ago against Perth and got a one game ban and I don’t want to see anyone sent off but that was crazy, and they’ll miss him because he’s their best player.”

It wasn’t just Penha’s red card that stirred mixed feelings between the two head coaches, with a disallowed goal to Savvas Siatravanis denying the Jets a chance to equalise.

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According to Montgomery, it was a clear push and not a goal, but Jets coach Arthur Papas had another view.

“It’s a goal. That’s it,” he said.

“I don’t know how that call was made but unfortunately consistently this has been happening across the game. This game shouldn’t have been about a refereeing decision in the end.

“I think we scored a very good goal to go 3-3 and then it’s disallowed.”

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Papas was evidentially also disappointed by Penha’s red card, however, acknowledged that it didn’t come out of nowhere.

“In the end, he was hit so many times in that game, I think he’s retaliated and if he has, he should be more disciplined,” he said.

“There were a lot of moments before that that culminate in that situation and the referees need to control the game better.”

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With multiple game-changing decisions made throughout the match, Papas expressed his exasperation for the commentary surrounding matters off the field.

“Personally, I’m just tired of talking about all these decisions that have nothing to do with football and the amount of commentary that comes from every single angle rather than worrying about what the game has to be,” he said.

Feature image credit: Robbie Szafranek

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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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