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Heartbreaking Loss For The Jets….And Some Suspect Refereeing

By Simon Kelly

For most Newcastle United Jets fans Monday nights Round of 32 Australia Cup clash with Brisbane Roar was their first opportunity to witness their team playing locally for at least four months. A healthy 2764 packed into Maitland’s Regional Sportsground, which included a smattering of Roar fanatics.

Without Archie Goodwin, Reno Piscopo and Tom Aquilina this loomed as a close encounter, particularly as the Roar looked to field a near full strength side, minus recent signing Frenchman Florin Berengeur and the injured former Jet Scott Neville.

The Jets began the game with what looked like a fluid 4-4-2. Scott in goals, with Jenkinson, Natta, Cancar and Mauragis as the back-line. Taylor, O’Neill, Timmins and Ingham as the midfield four. Buhagier and Bayliss as the striking duo.

For the first fifteen minutes the Newcastle attack looked very good. The ball movement was fast, helped no doubt by the impeccable looking pitch, the passing accurate and the intent of the players was there for all to see. The use of the width of the pitch, and therefore the wide players, was an obvious decision that was soon to pay dividends.

Trent Buhagier latched onto a defensive clearance and sent the ball out wide to the advancing Dane Ingham. Buhagier had continued his own run at a rapid pace, getting in behind the Brisbane backline, to slide home Ingham’s perfectly measured cross. 90 seconds later and it was almost a carbon copy move. This time though Brisbane keeper Macklin Freke saved well.

Buhagier again almost got his second with a cross-cum-shot that had the keeper stranded, but landed on to the roof of the net. Both Jets fullbacks continually joined the attack, Lucas Mauragis delighting the Hunter crowd with his tenacious tackling as well as his forward raids.

It was though the right back, former Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson, who went closest to scoring the Jets second. This was a wonderful sweeping move that started with Clayton Taylor picking up the ball just outside the Jets own box. He ran the left flank and then fed a cross field pass to Ingham who quickly fed the advancing Buhagier. He ran deep and cut back the ball to the galloping Jenkinson. His shot was finger tipped away by Freke. A move that was a joy to see.

Brisbane though had plenty of first half possession and got there break-through in the final breath of the half. Armiento’s corner somehow evaded Taylor on the near post and was bizarrely parried into the net by Newy gloveman Scott. Heartbreaking for the fans, mortifying for Scott.

The second half was end to end with the high point, at least from a Newcastle perspective, was Clayton Taylor volleying home an absolute worldy. With his back to the goal, and outside the box, he juggled the ball, turned and crashed the ball home.

Two minutes later Jets Captain Brandon O’Neill received a yellow card for his second foul of the game. Both similar fouls, that debatably may have not been deliberate.

A further two minutes passed and Roar full-back Zabala hit home from close range, the ball falling to him in space after a defensive scramble. 2-2 and the game in the balance. And then Newcastles low point of the contest, O Neill receiving his second yellow card, for a foul on Majok, in the 75th minute. The referee appeared to delay his decision, possibly waiting for advantage, but a send off it was.

Part of my issue with this was the referee’s inaction on Henry Hoare’s fouls. He had three deliberate fouls in the first half but wasn’t even spoken to. It was only when he’d enacted his fifth foul of game that the cheese arrived. A League officials consistently inconsistent!!

Newcastle defended for the most part bravely, but inevitably, and some might say typically Jets, they conceded in the dying embers of the extra time. The fact that we held out for forty five minutes plus, after previously putting in a high tempo performance game, was valiant. A scrappy goal sent Brisbane through to the Round of 16 and left the Newcastle team and fans thinking what could have been.

Yes we missed the likes of Goodwin and Piscopo, but Buhagier had a good game, young Bayliss put himself about and has bags of potential. Dane Ingham put more telling passes into the box in this game than he’d previously done in the last two seasons. He is 100% a better player in the wide attacking role.

Is Ryan Scott a better goalkeeper than Jack Duncan. The jury is out for mine, but checking social media after the game you’d say that there are a number with a negative view of his performances already. Obviously Weier must still be in the frame, but some fans are asking is Noah James in the picture? He has been performing well in the Reserve Jets NPL team by all accounts. Man of the match though would have to be the returning Lucas Mauragis, brilliant in attack and tenacious in the tackle. Great to see him back in a Jets shirt.

With this defeat most of the Novocastrian faithful will now have to wait until late October to see their team perform again. Bring back the pre season Cup I say.

The Jetstream Podcast S18Ep13 – An Exercise In Frustration

Furns (@SquadronNewy) & Matt (@Ego2K) review away @NewcastleJetsFC vs @MelbourneCity #MCYvNEW and preview away @BrisbaneRoar #BRIvNEW @AleagueMen #NTUA

Melbourne City FC 1 – Newcastle United Jets FC 1

Brisbane Roar FC vs Newcastle United Jets FC

5pm AEST Saturday 8th April 2023

Kayo Stadium, Redcliffe, QLD

Furns is joined by Matt to talk over dropping two points at the death (again) to draw away against Melbourne City.

A game where the Jets had the lead and a man advantage after City had Scott Jamieson sent off just before halftime, saw the age-old frailties crop up as City managed to bundle the ball into the net from a corner just before full time to draw. The guys talked over the lineup and performances, and asked why we keep doing this.

Talk then moved on to rumours surrounding a new fullback from WSW before the guys previewed the away game against Brisbane and gave our tips for the other games in Rd 23.

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The Jetstream Podcast S18Ep12 – Streakier Than Bacon

Furns (@SquadronNewy) & Matt (@Ego2K) review home @NewcastleJetsFC vs @PerthGloryFC #NEWvPER and chat @AleagueMen expansion news #NTUA

Newcastle United Jets FC 2 – Perth Glory FC 2

Newcastle United Jets FC vs Melbourne City FC

3pm AEST 2nd April 2023

AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC

Furns is joined by Matt to talk over dropping two points at the death to draw at home against Perth Glory as well as some news on expansion

A game where the Jets had the better of the first half and lead 2-1 saw the visitors pressing in the final stages to end up scoring late in injury time to draw 2-2. The guys briefly discuss the previous 3 losses in previous games, before moving onto the Glory game. They talked over the lineup and performances of players across the team and where the game was positive and negative.

Talk then moved on to talking about the National Second division and only one team from NNSWFF being involved. Then the expansion news regarding the A-League was discussed regarding two new teams in Canberra and Auckland in 2024/25, and further expansion possibilities in 25/26.

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