Ernie Merrick said before the match “Two teams will be determined to take three points” but it was Newcastle Jets who took the game to Western Sydney Wanderers, putting five past an indifferent, outplayed side.
A Fantastic strike from Dimi Petratos in the 18th minute, curling the ball into the keeper's top right-corner of the goal, before Jason Hoffman was first to react from a scramble in the penalty box to score the Jets' second three minutes later. Steven Ugarkovic was the link in both goals.
A controversial and straight forward penalty was eventually slotted home by Roy O’Donovan and Matthew Ridenton finished a polished performance. Glen Moss had an inspiring game between the sticks throughout - dominated his penalty area with complete conviction.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Vedran Janjetovic – 6.5
Couldn’t do anything about the opening goal or the penalties. Completely missed the ball with his fist, should have done better for the Jets' fourth goal. Defence let him down, but equally he needs to organise them.
Raul Llorente – 7
Making good runs forward, creating good width. Decent strike late on in the first-half.
Tarek Elrich – 6.5
Slow to release the ball. Looked like he struggled.
Brendan Hamill – 6.5
Strong defensive headers. Guilty of giving the ball away which resulted in the Jets' opening goal.
Josh Risdon – 6
First game back since the Asian Cup. Started well, defending and getting forward adequately, but got caught out twice while pressing forward in possession. Subbed in the 55th minute with a groin injury.
Keanu Baccus – 5.5
Lacking in pace, energy and purpose
Kwame Yeboah – 5.5
Poor decision making, no presence and was unable to take control in the midfield.