Jets dampen Western United’s premiership chances

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In a lively contest between two teams on opposite ends of the ladder, Newcastle Jets came out on top in a 1-1 draw with Western United, all but spoiling their opponent’s chances at the premiership.

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In their final home game of the season, the Jets had nothing to lose coming out against premiership contenders Western United.

Dominating possession for the opening minutes of the game, Newcastle were throwing everything they had at the possibility of a win and denying United the Premiers’ Plate.

As Western United warmed into the game, there was plenty of end-to-end play from both sides with three shots at goal a piece by the 20th minute.

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United’s race for the premiership received a major boost in the 27th minute with Adisu Bayew finding the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Despite missing several of their big-name players and being 1-0 down, Newcastle remained in the game, searching for their first goal of the night.

A major chance for the Jets to equalise came in the 36th minute with Sammy Silvera taking a long-range shot at goal which just went wide.

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With just five minutes left to play in the first half, Western United were searching for their second goal while Newcastle were still in search of their first of the night.

Heading into the break, it was the Jets trailing United 1-0.

The first substitutes of the game came before kick-off for the second half with Brandon Wilson and Dane Ingham replacing Jordan O’Doherty and Jason Hoffman for the home side.

Jordan Elsey scored the equaliser in the 52nd minute with an assist from Silvera, taking the score to 1-1.

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With the score level, Newcastle were fired up and searching for the win while United took a back foot. Despite 12 shots at goal, Jets keeper Michael Weier wasn’t letting United get ahead easily.

Lucas Mauragis looked to have put Newcastle in front in the 68th minute, however, Jamie Young’s impressive save kept things all tied up.

With just 10 minutes plus injury time left to play, both teams were still searching for the winning goal, with Western United’s premiership hopes on the line.

Despite more than five minutes stoppage time, at the blow of the full-time whistle, the Jets and Western United would have to settle for a point each with a 1-1 draw.

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Newcastle Jets 1 (Elsey 52’) 

Western United 1 (Bayew 27’)

Stadium: McDonald Jones Stadium (Newcastle)

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Newcastle Jets: Michael WEIER (GK), Jason HOFFMAN (Dane INGHAM 46’), Jordan ELSEY (C), Taylor REGAN, Riley WARLAND (Dylan MURNANE 81’), Lucas MAURAGIS (Angus THURGATE 73’), Mario ARQUES (Kosta GROZOS 73’), Jordan O’DOHERTY (Brandon WILSON 46’), Valentino YUEL, Sammy SILVERA, Beka MIKELTADZE

Unused Subs: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Blake ARCHBOLD

Western United: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Tomoki IMAI, Leo LACROIX, Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (C), Benjamin GARUCCIO, Neil KILKENNY, Rene KRHIN, Adisu BAYEW (Dylan PIERIAS 70’ (Dylan WENZEL-HALLS 87’)), Lachlan WALES, Connor PAIN, Aleksandar PEIJOVIC

Unused Subs: Ryan SCOTT (GK), Nicholas MILANOVIC, Jerry SKOTADIS, Ben COLLINS, Noah BOTIC

Feature Image Credit: Jemma Pepper 

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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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