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Jets crash in heartbreak at Hunter Stadium

The heartbreak continues for Newcastle Jets this season after a gut-wrenching 2-1 loss against Brisbane Roar who scored a late winner for the second week in a row.

Jean Carlos Solorzano opened the scoring in the first half before Radovan Pavicevic’s equaliser was cancelled out at the death, due to poor defending from Thomas Broich’s free-kick.

Following the disastrous 7-0 thumping at the hands of Adelaide United recently, several Newcastle players had departed the club in the most tumultuous two weeks in the Jets’ history.

As a result, there were a few new faces in the starting line-up. Daniel Mullen had moved from fellow cellar dwellers Western Sydney Wanderers to replace former captain Kew Jaliens who was one of seven senior players on the chopping block. Leading the team in central defence was Taylor Regan, while Mitch Cooper and Jacob Pepper also enjoyed rare starts.

Jean Carlos Solorzano’s late goal was enough for Brisbane Roar to snatch three points against an unlucky Wellington Phoenix on Monday, and coach Frans Thijssen was happy enough with the performance that he named an unchanged line-up.

Edson Montano should have put the home team ahead after two minutes after a well worked short corner routine ended with the Ecuadorian finding space in the box but his header hit the crossbar.

In a game seriously lacking of highlights, it wasn’t until the 35th minute that Brisbane had a shot on goal, but Solorzano made it count after poor defending on the corner saw the in-form striker free on the edge of the six yard box. The Costa Rican hit the back of the net with a classy first touch finish with the outside of his boot, with the cross from Thomas Broich being his 50th assist in the A-League.

Radovan Pavicevic gave Newcastle hope with a shade under twenty minutes remaining with his first A-League goal in his second appearance off the bench. A long ball took a fortuitous deflection to beat the Brisbane defender and land at Pavicevic’s feet. The youngster’s first effort was blocked by Corey Brown after dribbling his way around an onrushing Michael Theo, but he composed himself to coolly finish on the second attempt.

Pavicevic’s equaliser rejuvenated the lifeless Jets’ and they pushed on for a winner but the game ultimately fell Brisbane’s way as a low free-kick across the box from Broich was unable to be cleared in the dying stages of stoppage time, trickling in for a heartbreaking own goal.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)
2 Radovan Pavicevic (Newcastle Jets)
1 Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)
Youth Radovan Pavicevic (Newcastle Jets)

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avatarBorn and raised in Melbourne, Bill is a student journalist at Monash University and life-time fan of the round ball game.

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