Jets finally break duck

FFA Cup winners Adelaide United crashed back down to earth with a thud, going down 2-1 to the Jets in Newcastle on Friday night.

With a host of players missing, including captain Kew Jaliens, the Jets were deserved victors and broke their 10-match winless run to start the campaign with second-half goals to Scott Neville and Jeronimo.

Third-placed Adelaide must wait for the rest of the weekend’s matches to see where they stand on the table, while the Jets jump momentarily into eighth place.

What they said

“I’m really happy for the efforts of my team-mates, it was a bad start for us so I’m really happy for our first win of the season and I hope more wins come. Thanks to the crowd and my team-mates, we did work in pre-season and I hope there will be many games like today.” - Jets forward Jeronimo

“Credit to the boys, we got back into the game and I think Newcastle had us in the first half, they pressed us and we couldn’t cope. The second half we came out and dominated in patches but personally very disappointed.” - Reds defender Nigel Boogaard

Goals

Jets 1-0 (49’) – Neville: Adelaide cleared a corner just after the restart but Zenon Caravella lobbed a dangerous ball back into the box and Adrian Madaschi flicked it on to Neville, who poked in.

Adelaide 1-1 – Craig Goodwin (70’): Nice footwork and a great pass inside the box from substitute Awer Mabil found James Jeggo whose low cross was finished by Goodwin – a former Jets player.

Jets 2-1 (81’) – Jeronimo: David Carney created space for himself on the edge of the box and sent a low chip to Jeronimo who swivelled and hit it first time to the back post.

Key moment

The game was meandering along before Neville's opening goal put the Jets ahead. Adelaide upped the ante after going behind and threw everything at the Jets’ goal to create a more entertaining encounter.

Opta Data key stats

Adelaide strung together twice as many passes as Newcastle (528-258) with a greater accuracy (83.3%-73.3%) but continually wasted chances in front of goal. With 11 total shots, only four were on target for the Reds.

Forced to defend for long periods, the Jets made 100% of their 16 tackles.

Highlights reel

Newcastle had one real chance in the first half and it should have been a goal. Carney created space for himself inside the box and chipped a nice ball across the face of goal. Hoole’s header was saved at point blank range and the rebound landed at Montano’s feet, but his hurried shot hit Hoole and was cleared from trouble.

Coach Killer

Were Jeggo and Goodwin offside when Adelaide equalised? It was a very close call. In the end it didn’t matter, but for a coach under the pump like Phil Stubbins, it was a scare he didn’t need.

Treatment table

Edson Montano landed awkwardly after jumping for a bouncing ball and was forced from the pitch in the 66th minute.

Eight minutes after Montano went off, Joel Griffiths stayed down and was worked on by the physio. He played on for another five minutes but was inevitably replaced.  

Teams

Newcastle: Ben Kennedy (gk), Benjamin Kantarovski, Scott Neville, Adrian Anthony Madaschi, David Carney (Jacob Pepper 84’), Andrew Hoole, Zenon Caravella, Allan Welsh, James Virgili, Joel Griffiths (c) (Mitch Cooper 78’), Edson Montano (Jeronimo 66’)

Adelaide: Eugene Galekovic (gk,c), Nigel Boogaard, Tarek Elrich, Craig Goodwin, Dylan McGowan, Marcelo Carrusca, James Jeggo, Isaias, Pablo Sanchez (Watson 77’), Sergio Cirio, Fabio Ferreira (Mabil 45’)

Scorers:

New: Neville (49’) Jeronimo (81’)

Adl: Goodwin (70’)

Red Cards:

None

Yellow Cards:

New: Hoole (19’), Virgili (24’)

Adl: Boogaard (44’)

Conditions:

Warm and breezy.

Attendance:

10,407