A late David Carney goal proved enough for the Newcastle Jets to stun Melbourne Victory and get their second win of the season. Hunter Stadium has been something of a graveyard for Melbourne Victory and it proved the same on Friday night as the Jets won the match 1-0.
Melbourne Victory started the match but for all their sighting of the ball they just couldn’t get chances away. That allowed Newcastle back in to the match and saw things even up after the opening 10 minutes went all to Victory.
So often in the match, it was that final ball which was missing as neither side were really able to get a clear ball in to the box. That saw both defences able to clear the ball easily with the chances being much too simple for the defence to struggle with.
The best chance in the first half fell to Kosta Barbarouses in the 25th minute after he was set up by Daniel Georgievski. It was a great flicked pass from Georgievski that played Barbarouses through bur his effort was well saved by Ben Kennedy who put it out for a corner which would keep it scoreless at the break.
Melbourne Victory were nearly caught out in the opening minute of the first half as a bad back pass from Leigh Broxham allowed the chance. That ball was picked up by Milos Trifunovic who ran at goal and saw Danny Vukovic running off his line, allowing him the shot but he sent it wide.
In the 55th minute Melbourne Victory should have had the lead after some amazing work from Barbarouses that was not matched by his teammate. He sent a pass across which should have been cut out by Jason Hoffman, only for him to miss it, setting up Fahid Ben Khalfallah for a tap in but he somehow sent it wide.
It was only Kennedy, filling in for Mark Birighitti after his sickening injury last weekend, who kept it scoreless on the hour mark. Ben Khalfallah sent the ball to Gui Finkler who hit it powerfully from just outside the box but Kennedy made a great save.
There was a sign of things to come in the 71st minute as Carney found space and unleashed an almighty volley. That effort was well saved by Vukovic, keeping the match scoreless, but that was merely a warning.
In the 74th minute Carney made Meblourne Victory pay for all their missed chances, opening the scoring from a set-piece. The ball was sent in by Leonardo, who sent it over the wall for Carney, who hit powerfully, leaving Vukovic with no chance.
Melbourne Victory tried to go on the attack in the final stages, but after spending 75 minutes not finishing their chances that trend didn’t change in the final 15 minutes. The whistle blew to big cheers from the Hunter Stadium crowd, keeping the Jets good start running.