domingo, 16 de outubro de 2016
Newcastle Jets thump Brisbane Roar in impressive A-League performance
Newcastle has announced itself as an A-League finals contender with a persuasive 4-0 trouncing of a rudderless Brisbane.
Three quickfire second-half goals in 24 minutes dismantled last season's semi-finalists, who had the majority of possession at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday but lacked finish.
Young winger Andrew Nabbout was the star of the show, playing a part in most attacking raids and notching an assist for Devante Clut, who completed the rout in the 86th minute.
It was a rare clean sheet for the Jets, who were defensively sturdy despite the absence of key players Daniel Mullen and Jason Hoffman and made their case for a first bout of finals action in six seasons.
Clut's straightforward strike on his 21st birthday followed goals from Jets captain Nigel Boogaard and Olyroo Steven Ugarkovic and a disastrous Roar own goal that started the rot inside eight minutes.
Jack Hingert intercepted Nabbout's cross and attempted to clear, only to poke the ball past goalkeeper Michael Theo.
Hingert had done his best to stop the damage after a poor pass out of defence from last weekend's hero Luke DeVere gave Newcastle a wide opening.
Brett Holman looked for an immediate reply, feeding Jamie Maclaren an excellent pass that the striker nipped wide, while Tommy Oar would have scored from outside the box had young gloveman Jack Duncan not stretched a fingertip to lift it onto the crossbar.
But Newcastle were buoyed by their unexpected lead and stroked the ball around with confidence.
Nabbout marauded down the right and dribbled into the box to strike just wide of Theo's goal.
But it was defender Boogaard who doubled the advantage in the second half, heading home a curling Ben Kantarovski cross for his fifth career goal and first since joining the Jets at the start of last year.
As the Roar descended into a state of apathy, Ugarkovic made the lead unassailable, pouncing on a poor clearance attempt by Corey Brown and dinking a low, firm left-footed strike from outside the box.
For good measure, Nabbout entered the box again, drew Theo out and slid the ball to Clut who strolled into an empty net.