Western Sydney Wanderers paid the price for being too casual in the second half as the Newcastle Jets raised their game ten-fold, running out 3-2 winners after they looked well beaten.
The Wanderers travelled to face Newcastle, increasingly under Markus Babbel's leadership beginning to show good form and goals, winning their last two matches out of three.
The visitors started brightly and with an energy about them, moving the ball around the park, linking up nicely in transition. Raul Llorente, delivering delicious balls into the area from the left-hand side and Bruce Kamau with his trademark pace supplying the goods from the right-hand side.
Oriol Riera always looking dangerous leading the line.
Newcastle Jets had their chances in the first-half, brilliant crosses by Ben Kantarovski and with Ronald Vargas trying to stamp his authority in the midfield by slipping in some nice through passes.
But it was the visitors who were rewarded for their work-rate and dominance, performance richly rewarded by a perfectly weighted cross from a free kick, deep in the left-hand side near the corner post.
It culminated in the first A-league goal from Rashid Mahazi, a delightful, gliding header into the back of the net, giving Glen Moss no chance.
My only question is, 'What was in those half-time oranges for the Jets?' Something special from Merrick's medicine cabinet?
Keanu Baccus' wonder strike on the 73rd minute to level it. 15 yards out with serious pace and power. Level 2-2. Right into the roof of the net, giving Glen Moss no chance of anything meaningful in an attempt the save it.
Just to give you a bit more spice to chew on tonight, the 80th minute saw 19-year-old Angus Thurgate's first goal in fourteen matches, beautiful placement, drilling the ball past the keeper, giving the Jets a 3-2 lead and the win.
What happened to the dominating away side who looked so comfortable right across the park? The vision of Markus Babbel shaking his head when the scores were 2-2, chewing his gum... one-word springs to mind but I don’t think I’ll be allowed to write it down.