The Newcastle Jets have claimed just their second win of the season, defeating a Brisbane Roar side without their star-striker Adam Taggart for most of the game, after he injured his hamstring last week.
With 33 year-old club legend Henrique starting up front, the Roar were visibly blunted in attack, unable to get anyone on the end of deliveries coming from Brisbane’s midfield quartet.
Likewise, the Jets spent much of the first-half huffing and puffing before NPL star Kane Shepherd stepped up to neatly finish from Georgievski’s low cross in first-half stoppage time.
The Jets continued to push in the second half, sealing the game with a controversial winner after Matt Mckay was seemingly fouled at the other end of the pitch.
Referee Kurt Ams decided the late contact was not in fact a foul, allowing Petratos to spearhead a 3 v 2 attack, waiting to draw out the defender before laying off to Jair, who smashed the ball passed an exposed Jamie Young.
The goal is Jair’s first for the club, and his first personal goal in 15 months.
The win sees the side from the Hunter climb into the top six, while the Roar fall one spot into ninth position, just three points clear of the bottom of the table with a game against the in-form Victory looming in just five days time.
Glen Moss- 8
Made one key save in the 17th minute, but was largely untroubled for the rest of the match.
Daniel Georgievski- 9
Instrumental in the build-up for Newcaslte’s first goal, and provided a great outlet down the right flank all match.
Nigel Boogard- 8
Passing can be a little wild at times, clearly thinks he’s the David-Luiz of the A-League. Dealt with the Roar attackers with ease.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley- 8
Not pretty football but got the job done. Too strong for Henrique, regularly bullying him off the ball. Like Boogard, Nikolai’s passing was also occasionally wayward, however with no major repercussions.