Hyundai A-League - 2011/2012 - Season 7

Jets fly high
By Robert Szomolnoki

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 9
7:45pm, Saturday 3 December, 2011
at Transgrid Stadium, Newcastle

Newcastle Jets FC 3
(Ryan Griffiths 27' pen, 87, Labinot Haiti 47')
defeated
Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Carlos Hernandez 20')


(Photo linked from FFA web site)

The Newcastle Jets rewarded their biggest A-League crowd for 4 years with a 3-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Ausgrid Stadium.

17,245 saw the Jets come from behind to seal a massive win that sees them leap frog Melbourne to reach third place.

The Jets start well with Brockie almost curling one in from 20 meters, but its the visitors that open the scoring as Kewell finds Hernandez in space he looks up and curls a shot into the top corner from outside the area.

It takes the home side just 8 minutes to level, Rojas commits a poor foul on Ryan Griffiths right in front of referee Jarred Gillett who has to point to the spot, up steps Ryan Griffiths to score from the spot past former Jets star Ante Covic-- its 1-1.

The Jets start to take control and just after half time Wheelhouse finds Brockie who races to the byline to deliver a cross that finds Haliti heading home from the far post its 2-1 Jets. Haliti does the usual take off his shirt and run to the crowd and naturally receive the mandatory yellow card and the home fans go wild.

Melbourne then step up a gear to try to level, Hernandez finds Thompson whose dangerous cross is cleared by Topor-Stanley, Broxham’s cross finds Kewell who almost levels with a far post header, then on 66 minutes Kewell cleverly brings the ball down, faints to pass then beats Wehrman at the edge of the area, his strike at goal is just wide of the near post.

On 78 minutes Archie Thompson is away and bearing in on goal he is clearly fouled by Topor-Stanley inside the box but referee Jason Gillett waves play on – this turns out to be a major turning point as Melbourne had been applying a great deal of pressure.

With time running out Cernak loses possession and Zadkovic is away on goal he hits one that Covic gets a hand on but Ryan Griffiths is tthe first to the ball and taps in its 3-1 Jets and the crowd give their biggest roar of the night.

The closing minutes has Hernandez blasting a shot at Nash which he spills but Topor-Stanley is there first to clear ahead of Thompson and then Allsop races down the wing to cross for Thompson to tap in but he can’t get that final touch. It ends 3-1 to the hosts.



2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 9
7:45pm, Saturday 3 December, 2011
at Transgrid Stadium, Newcastle

Newcastle Jets FC 3
(Ryan Griffiths 27' pen, 87, Labinot Haiti 47')
defeated
Melbourne Victory FC 1
(Carlos Hernandez 20')

    Crowd: 17,245

    MATCH STATS:

    Newcastle Jets FC :
    Player listing:
    19. Matthew NASH (gk), 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Tiago CALVANO, 7. Kasey WEHRMAN (6. Ben Kantarovski +76'), 8. Jeremy BROCKIE (Michael BRIDGES +84'), 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE (c) , 13. BYUN Sung-Hwan, 14. Labinot HALITI (22. Ali ABBAS +70'), 23. Ryan GRIFFITHS

    Substitutes not used: tba (rgk)

    Coach: Gary van Egmond

    Yellow Cards: Tiago 29’ (NUJ), Haliti 47’ (NUJ), Zadkovich 80’ (NUJ)
    Red Cards: Nil

    Melbourne Victory FC :
    Player listing:
    21. Ante COVIC (gk),3. FABIO, 4. Petar FRANJIC, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 10. Archie THOMPSON, 11.Marco ROJAS (Isaka CERAK +66'), 13. Diogo FERREIRA (Grant BREBNER +46'), 14. Billy CELESKI, 16. Carlos HERNANDEZ, 22. Harry KEWELL (Danny ALLSOPP +74') . Adrian LEIJER (c)

    Substitutes not used: tba (rgk)

    Coach: Mehmet Durakovic

    Yellow Cards: Fabio (MV) 3’, Rojas (MV) 26', Broxham 36'
    Red Cards: Nil


    Referee: Jarred Gillet 6/10
    Assistant Ref 1: Alex Glasgow, Assistant Ref 2: Scott Edeling; 4h Official: Ryan Shepheard

    BOTN Player Points:
    2. Ruben Zadkovich (NUJ)
    2. Carlos Hernandez (MV)
    2. Nikolai Topor-Stanley (NUJ)

    Pitch rating: 6/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match report and ratings: Robert Szomolnoki



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