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Marinkovic missile grounds Jets

The Newcastle Jets will see their winless streak in Perth extend to ten years after going down 2-0 to the Glory in front of a tick under 10,000 fans on a mild Friday night at nib Stadium.

The opening stanza proved to be a scrappy affair with both sides struggling to break down their opponent as the momentum ebbed and flowed.

On 11 minutes, the match would have its first goal but not without a slice of controversy, as a Mitch Nichols ball deflected off former Glory player Scott Neville and landed at the feet of Richard Garcia who pumped home the ball to give the home side the lead.

However, footage would show that the intended recipient, Daniel De Silva, was in an offside position and that a flag should have been shown by the linesman.

Moments later the goalscorer would be involved in a different attempt, as his cross hit Kew Jaliens’ sliding body awkwardly and the ball floated dangerously close to Ben Kennedy’s crossbar.

The Jets would continue to struggle in containing Garcia who was causing all manner of problems for Andrew Hoole and David Carney in the early stages and, along with Nebojsa Marinkovic, would pepper the box with a host of crosses.

Halfway through the first half, though, and the energetic Zenon Caravella would unleash Joel Griffiths in the penalty area. However, the man who once tormented Glory defences in seasons past was easily dispossessed.

From thereon in it was all Glory, and despite a sizzling long shot from Carney, the home side went in with the ascendancy at half-time.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Fri Dec 12, 2014, 9:45 PMStadium HBF ParkAttendance 9,233Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

Perth

Goal11′ R.GarciaGoal86′ N.Marinkovic

Newcastle

Yellow Card63′ A.HooleYellow Card74′ S.NevilleRed Card82′ K.Jaliens

It would be Newcastle who came out the more sprightly in the second half, and it would be Carney again who twisted and turned inside the box, but smashed his shot high and wide over Danny Vukovic’s crossbar.

This would precede a purple patch for the Glory who pressed strongly on the right, with Garcia again exploiting Carney’s desire to get forward and try to equalise.

Newcastle could only blame themselves for their opporunities spurned as Jacob Pepper had all the time in the world to cross the ball in but hit the ball straight into the clutches of Vukovic just before the hour mark.

Carney again would be guilty of ball-holding as he tried to set up Scott Neville but his one touch too many would fail to unleash the former Glory right-back in time.

With 67 minutes on the clock, Kenny Lowe injected the returning Sidnei Sciola into the fray and he nearly broke through immediately to double the home side’s lead, but had the ball cleared from his feet.

Rostyn Griffiths was irrepressible in defensive midfield and dropped back in the few moments that Newcastle would break past the Glory midfield to support the more than able Glory defence.

Andy Keogh, who had been kept quiet for the majority of the match, had a chance in the 75th minute which flashed just wide and the Irishman again forced a throw from the visitors just a minute later after he broke the Newcastle offside trap.

A resulting corner shortly after would pinball in the box as both sides went into the final 10 minutes with a vital goal on their minds.

But things would go from bad to worse for the visitors as Kew Jaliens would be sent for an early bath after an ugly two footed tackle on the left-sided speedster Scott Jamieson.

Despite his sportsmanship in helping Jamieson up, Kris Griffiths-Jones promptly showed the red leaving Newcastle chasing an equaliser with ten men.

The Glory would have the goal their efforts deserved, though, with four minutes to play, and it would be through yet another Nebojsa Marinkovic stunner.

Keogh again broke the Newcastle line to find himself into space and he pulled the ball back for the Serbian to unleash from outside the box, and leave Ben Kennedy helpless as it smacked in off the inside of the upright.

Super-sub in his last outing against the Jets, Jamie MacLaren had a chance to make it three soon after, but after turning his man he could only find the side netting.

Jamieson and Keogh would continue to pepper the Jets goal in injury time, but again it would be MacLaren who had the best chance with a first time chip that was cleared off the line by Sam Gallagher.

The Glory would not add to their two goals, but the win catapults them four points clear of the trailing pack — depending on the result of Saturday’s Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC match at Etihad Stadium.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Rostyn Griffiths (Perth Glory)
2 Richard Garcia (Perth Glory)
1 Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory)
Youth Josh Risdon (Perth Glory)

About the author

avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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