Victory leave it late to sink depleted Jets

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Melbourne Victory once again proved why they’re a force to be reckoned with after a last-minute effort saw them get the three points over Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

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In another must-win clash for Newcastle, going up against championship contenders Victory was never going to be easy.

Melbourne showed their dominance early, opening the scoring in the sixth minute through top scorer Nicholas D’Agostino.

Despite holding just 44% of possession, Victory continued to smother the Jets defensively, affording the home side very little opportunities to even things up.

With 20 minutes left to play in the half, Victory were holding strong as the Jets struggled to make any real impact.

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As the minutes in the half ran down, it was clear that missing key players Angus Thurgate and captain Matt Jurman, was hurting Newcastle. Despite having a slight upper hand on possession, the home side were unable to turn it into a goal.

The first yellow card of the game went to Newcastle’s Jordan Elsey after a seemingly innocent challenge for the ball against Victory’s Chris Ikonomidis. A call both his teammates and Jets fans were unhappy with.

Going into the break, the visitors held their 1-0 lead with Newcastle left searching for their first goal.

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The Jets came out firing in the second half with Kosta Grozos and Daniel Penha looking sure to score, but both shots hit the cross bar.

The second yellow card of the game went to Victory’s Ben Folami for an illegal grab on Dane Ingham whilst chasing down the ball.

With 30 minutes plus stoppage time left to play, the visitors were still holding strong on their 1-0 lead, but the Jets weren’t going without a fight.

Savvas Siatravanis got his first goal in the A-League Men in the 65th minute, tying things up 1-1.

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The first substitution of the game came in the 71st minute, with Valentino Yuel replacing Olivier Boumal for the home side.

With 15 minutes left in the second half, both sides were scrambling for a second goal to get the win.

Locked up at 1-1, four minutes stoppage time was all the Jets and Victory were going to get to break the deadlock.

Despite the game being all but over, Victory proved why they’re a top side. A header from Francesco Margiotta in the 93rd minute sealed the game for the visitors, taking it out 2-1.

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Newcastle Jets 1 (Siatravanis 65’)

Melbourne Victory 2 (D’Agostino 6’, Margiotta 90+3’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referees: Matthew McOrist & Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Jason HOFFMAN (Dylan MURNANE 86’), Jordan ELSEY (C), Beka MIKELTADZE, Olivier BOUMAL (Valentino YUEL 71’), Daniel PENHA, Brandon WILSON (Jordan O’DOHERTY 79’), Kosta GROZOS (Mario ARQUES 79’), Savvas SIATRAVANIS (Archie GOODWIN 86’), Riley WARLAND

Unused Subs: Taylor REGAN, Michael WEIER GK)

Melbourne Victory: Ivan KELAVA (GK), Jason GERIA, Jason DAVIDSON, Raimon MARCHAN (Leigh BROXHAM 82’), Matthew SPIRANOVIC (Brendan HAMILL 75’), Chris IKONOMIDIS, Joshua BRILLANTE (C), Ben FOLAMI (Nishan VELUPILLAY 75’), Nicholas D’AGOSTINO (Francesco MARGIOTTA 82’), Roderick MIRANDA, Marco ROJAS (Lleyton BROOKS 89’)

Unused Subs: Birkan KIRDAR, Marko BULIC (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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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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