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Ten-man Jets hold on to beat Phoenix

A ten man Newcastle Jets defeated the Wellington Phoenix 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Westpac Stadium.

Overcoming a poor record in New Zealand, veteran David Carney opened the scoring for the Jets at the 30 minute mark with his first goal for the club, while new signing Milos Trifunovic scored the sealer in his debut game for the club in the second half.

To add to the loss, Phoenix captain Andrew Durante was forced to be substituted in the 26th minute with a leg injury.

The Phoenix were on top in the opening half, creating most of the chances. A Wellington header was cleared off the line by new Jets signing Cameron Watson in the 4th minute.

The Jets made their first impact in the game in the 9th minute, with Trifunovic coming close with a scissor-kick that went over the bar.

Creative play by Wellington’s Fijian striker Roy Krishna in the 13th minute led to new recruit Blake Powell having his shot saved. The former Sydney FC player was assisted by Michael McGlinchey, however was unable to convert.

The Jets broke the deadlock in the 30th minute against the run of play with South Korean Lee Ki-Je providing a cross for David Carney, who glanced a powerful header across goal and into the net.

Newcastle defender Daniel Mullen almost doubled the score with a header from a David Carney corner shortly after, however Glen Moss saved.

Krishna nearly made the Jets pay a minute after, forcing Newcastle custodian Mark Birighitti to parry to his right.

The Phoenix came close again in the 39th minute, with Blake Powell unable to capitalise on a quick free kick.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sun Oct 11, 2015, 5:00 PMStadium Westpac StadiumAttendance 6,255Referee Shaun Evans


Own Goal45′ L.Ki-JeYellow Card50′ V.LiaYellow Card62′ R.Krishna

However, they opened their account in the 2nd minute of added time in the first half, with Phoenix midfielder Roly Bonevacia making the most of a low cross from Michael McGlinchey to level the scores, with the aid of a deflection.

The Phoenix opened up the second half with a penalty, after Daniel Mullen brought down Blake Powell following a Roy Krishna cross. However, Mark Birighitti was able to keep the shot out, diving low to his right to prevent the locals from gaining advantage.

Wellington were again unlucky not to take the lead, with replays showing the ball struck the arm of defender Lee Ki-Je in the box in the 51st minute.

Birighitti made another save in the 57th minute, denying a Roy Krishna header from a dangerous position.

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick brought on new signing Jeffrey Sarpong in the 60th minute, in an attempt to finish off the game. Sarpong’s impact was immediate, with a shot by the former Ajax player forcing Birighitti to save.

However, the Jets made the most of Wellington’s missed chances, with David Carney providing a well-struck cross to Milos Trifunovic, who managed to get past Phoenix keeper Glen Moss in the 70th minute.

Newcastle’s attempt to hold their lead was made harder in the 76th minute, after Jets captain received his second yellow card for the game for bringing down Roy Krishna.

Mark Birighitti made a courageous save in the 82nd minute, coming out successfully for an Alex Rodriguez cross. The Phoenix came close again shortly after with a corner into a dangerous area falling to Albert Riera, who shot over the bar.

Birighitti provided strong defence again in the 88th minute, forcing an integral save from an inside-the-box Vince Lia shot.

The Phoenix missed another shot in the 2nd minute of injury time, after Jeffrey Sarpong glanced a dangerous ball across the goal.

Newcastle managed to hold on to record a confidence boosting win in New Zealand, which kick started new coach Scott Miller’s stint at the Jets.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)
2 David Carney (Newcastle Jets)
1 Roy Krishna (Wellington Phoenix)

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