The Newcastle Jets stunning start to the 2015-16 A-League season continued on Friday night as they managed a 3-2 win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park. The Jets had to come from behind to get the win but did phenomenally well to come back and win the match, moving to the top of the A-League table.
Melbourne City started the match well, as the Jets physicality was keeping it a feisty match through the opening stages. It took just 11 minutes for City to take the lead as Ben Garuccio sent the ball over Aaron Mooy who beat his man and shot, which deflected off of Jason Hoffman and in to the back of the net.
That seemed to continue the momentum for City as they kept the attack going and in the 21st minute they were able to double the lead. Mooy was at it again as Stefan Mauk found Mooy who returned the ball allowing Mauk to send it past Mark Birighitti on the half volley.
It was a completely dominant performance from Melbourne City in those early stages as they were tearing Newcastle apart. It could have been three in the 25th minute as Mooy sent in a curling free kick but it didn’t dip enough, going over the bar.
There were two more chances for City in the latter stages of the first half as David Williams had his chance in the 31st minute that went just wide across the face. With three minutes remaining Mauk had a powerful shot which came off Nigel Boogaard who he ran in to on the way, keeping it 2-0 at half-time.
Newcastle started the second half well and made an early change bringing on Cameron Watson in the place of Mitch Cooper. That saw a plethora of changes with City bringing on two as Williams was taken off for Wade Dekker while Corey Gameiro came on for Steve Kuzmanovski.
In the 57th minute the Jets got back in to their match thanks to a nice cross from Mateo Poljak for Ben Kantarovski. He jumped the highest and headed it home powerfully past the keeper to make it 2-1 and give the Jets a hope of getting something out of the match.
Just before the hour mark Bruno Fornaroli did well to beat his man and got a shot away which was well saved by Mark Birighitti. The rebound fell to Gameiro but he could only send that ball over the crossbar, letting Newcastle off the hook.
In the 72nd minute Newcastle were given the opportunity as the Jets players appealed for a Dekker handball, which was awarded after the referee consulted his assistant. That allowed Milos Trifunovic to step up and take the penalty which he hit high, scraping down off the bar and over the line to pull the scores level.
And the dramatic comeback was completed in the 78th minute as David Carney’s good run of form continued. He was able to send in a ball for Trifunovic who was able to seal his brace, sending it past the keeper powerfully to give Newcastle the lead.
Melbourne City were throwing the kitchen sink at the Jets in an effort to get back on level terms after an horrific second half. But they just could not manage a goal, giving the Jets their first back-to-back wins in over 20 months.