Jets end Mariners’ F3 Derby domination in Gosford

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The Newcastle Jets have defeated F3 rivals Central Coast Mariners 2-1 in Gosford, but not after the home side had a goal shockingly overturned.

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More than 7,000 fans braved the heat to witness the latest derby clash between the Mariners and Jets, with the match a fierce battle from kick-off.

It was the Mariners who started strongly, creating chances inside the first two minutes.

However, it was the Jets that drew first blood in the 12th minute, with former Mariner Trent Buhagiar tapping in a low cross from Daniel Stynes.

The Jets managed to create a couple of chances to consolidate their lead in the next half an hour of play but failed to secure another goal.

It became a midfield battle after that, with both sides fighting for possession.

The chance for the Mariners to even the playing field came in the 42nd minute when Jason Cummings met a cross from Maximilien Balard and fired a shot, but it soared over the crossbar.

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The first half ended with Newcastle still in the lead.

The Mariners came back into the second half rearing for an equaliser. They were relentless in their attack, making three goal attempts within the first few minutes of the half.

The offensive strategy paid off in the 53rd minute when Cummings caught the rebound from Marco Túlio’s blocked shot and nailed it in for the Central Coast.

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Though the celebration was short-lived as Newcastle hit back in the 66th minute with Beka Mikeltadze meeting Beka Dartsmelia’s corner kick and launching a header into the back of the net.

The Mariners tried to shake it off and continued to dominate the goal area.

After a couple unsuccessful attempts, it seemed that the Mariners had tied the scoreboard again in the 74th minute when a cross from Joshua Nisbet rebounded off the sidebar and rolled into the goal.

However, after reviewing the VAR, the goal was overturned due to a handball by Michael Ruhs earlier in the phase of play.

Following this controversial decision, both sides fought for possession of the ball until the 90th minute when an additional five minutes was added to the match.

But even in the extra time, the Mariners failed to come away with a last-minute goal.

And with that, the Newcastle Jets took the win, finally breaking the victory drought that plagued them in all of last season’s F3 Derby’s.

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The Jets will return home to play against Brisbane Roar while the Mariners will face off against Sydney FC in Gosford.

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Jason CUMMINGS 53’)
Newcastle Jets 2 (Trent BUHAGIAR 12’, Beka MIKELTADZE 66’)

Industree Group Stadium

Referee: Ben Abraham
Assistant Referees: Andrej Giev & Brad Wright
Fourth Official: Hassan Jomaa

Central Coast Mariners: Danny VUKOVIC (GK) (C), Thomas AQUILINA, Joshua NISBET, Maximilien BALARD (Harrison STEELE 72′), Jason CUMMINGS (Garang KUOL 60’), Beni NKOLOLO (Samuel SILVERA 67’), Jacob FARRELL, Daniel HALL, Nectarios TRIANTIS (Cameron WINDUST 72’), Paul AYONGO (Michael RUHS 46’), Marco TULIO
Unused subs: Yaren SOZER (GK), Sasha KUZEVSKI

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM, Matthew JURMAN (C), Brandon O’NEILL, Trent BUHAGIAR (Jaushua SOTIRIO 71’), Beka DARTSMELIA (Mohamed AL-TAAY 82’), Beka MIKELTADZE, Daniel STYNES (Jordan ELSEY 71’), Carl JENKINSON, Angus THURGATE (Callum TIMMINS 94′), Mark NATTA
Unused subs: Jason HOFFMAN, Michael WEIER (GK)

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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