Oh my goodness, what a match...
Incredible end to end action between Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets made for an exciting Round 11 clash.
Newcastle, from the offset, looked to break with speed and take advantage of City’s patient build up play.
Following the dismissal of Ronny Vargas, the Jets maintained their approach to the game but lost some of their pace and trickery as the Venezuelan was sent off after earning two yellow cards.
For all their good pressure, the Jets had eighteen shots, but two on target, which is not to praise Melbourne City, as the side were both unlucky and wasteful at times in front of goal.
Eugene Galekovic — 6
A lapse. A brain fade. Whatever you want to call it, it was one awful moment in a brilliant individual season that the City custodian will want to forget immediately.
Made an incredible reflex save against Jason Hoffman following City’s struggle to clear the ball following a cross.
Ritchie De Laet — 7.5
While not the highest profile or most exceptional marquee, De Laet is a clear class above and demonstrates that every week. Strong in a tackle and a great athlete.
Bart Schenkeveld — 7
Untroubled in defence, with Delbridge beginning to match the Dutchman’s quality, leaving Schenkeveld with less of a challenge than he’s become accustomed to when mopping up for his side.
Harrison Delbridge — 8
Assured defensive work and just an overall strong performance. Had a late effort fall just short of the spectacular, to his frustration.
Scott Jamieson — 8
The former Socceroo made some brilliant driving runs from defence, presenting himself as a fantastic option down his flank. Was critical to Brattan’s goal as he teed up Wales following an exquisite movement outside the box.
As City’s captain, it was clear for all to see the left back understandably frustrated by the end as City failed to capitalise on their chances well enough.