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Newcastle snatch point from ferocious Roar

The Newcastle Jets have proven they can mix it with the best this season after snatching a 1-1 draw from league leaders Brisbane Roar in front of 10,115 at Hunter Stadium.

The Roar would have the better of it in the first half, with Mark Birighitti proving why he is the leader in our player of the season stakes, after Roar hitman Jamie Maclaren drew a save from the keeper.

Maclaren would prove to be the more enthusiastic of the strikers out on the pitch early one, with two shots on target in the first fifteen minutes.

This would then see the game devolve into a tight midfield affair with both sides, particularly Brisbane, earning the ire of the man in the middle, Peter Green.

After a dull first half, both sides were looking to break the deadlock, with Jason Hoffman left scratching his head as he shanked a shot to the left of the goal inside of the box.

Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren exemplified why the Roar strikeforce has been dubbed as one of the most dangerous in the league this season with Borrello unleashing Maclaren inside the box, who cut inside his defender before slotting it underneath Birighitti on 52 minutes.

Just three minutes later, and MacLaren almost repeated the feat although Birighitti was more than up to the task this time.

The game picked up in tempo and tempers started to flair, with Daniel Bowles yellow carded for being a little too ‘handsy’ on his opposition number.

One could be forgiven for thinking that Brisbane might take their foot off the pedal but Aloisi went for the kill taking off Javier Hervas for the spritely Dimitri Petratos.

But with twenty minutes to go, second-half substitute Ryan Kitto headed down inside the box after a corner for Ben Kantarovski to lash home, with the unlikely goalscorer sending the crowd into raptures.

Braedyn Crowley impressed on his home debut, however it would be older head David Carney with the last chance on the board for the Jets but alas neither side could break the deadlock.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar)
2 Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)
1 Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)

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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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