Central Coast Mariners
Newcastle Jets
Hyundai A-League R21
Central Coast Stadium
2016-02-28T06:00:00+00:00
Attendance
7,528

Jets break F3 Derby hoodoo in Gosford

Newcastle Jets have broken their Gosford hoodoo holding on for a vital 1-0 win over Central Coast on Sunday to remain in the hunt for the Hyundai A-League finals.

A second half goal to midfielder Steven Ugarkovic – his first in the A-League – was enough for the Jets to register their first win on the Coast in more than eight years.

The result stretches the club’s unbeaten run to four games and they are now just four points outside the top six with six games to go.

The Mariners wore a special surf lifesaving kit for the match but were unable to stop themselves from sinking to a 15th loss from 21 games this season.

GOALS

0-1 Ugarkovic (57’) – Morten Nordstrand’s through-ball looked like it would be cut out by Josh Rose but the defender inexplicably missed it, gifting Ugarkovic a one-on-one chance which the midfielder easily dispatched past Paul Izzo.

Steven Ugarkovic celebrates after scoring against the Mariners.

KEY MOMENT

Not long after going ahead, the Jets looked to be in trouble when the pacy Mitch Austin broke clear near halfway and burst towards Mark Birighitti’s goal. He got inside the box and just as it looked like the winger was about to get a strike at goal, defender Nick Cowburn slid in with a perfectly timed tackle to snuff out the danger. It was a big play for the visitors and one which ensured they would hold on for a precious three points.

OPTA DATA KEY STATS

-The Mariners set a new A-League record, now at 23 consecutive games without keeping a clean sheet.

-Newcastle’s win was just their second ever in Gosford and the first since January 2008, more than eight years ago.

-It was also the Jets’ first win away from Hunter Stadium since round 4 this season.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Marquee imports Leonardo and Luis Garcia showed their undoubted quality and provided some real moments of quality to light up the F3 Derby.

COACH KILLER

Josh Rose was having a strong game in the heart of defence but his error to gift the Jets the opening goal was poor and it cost his side dearly in the end.

THE FINAL WORD

Not even Garcia’s return and a fresh playing strip could bring about a change of fortune for the Mariners. There were some bright moments but they are seriously lacking confidence and a cutting edge in the front third. It’s another home game next Sunday, with champions Melbourne Victory coming to Gosford.

The Jets weren’t at their best but found a way to get the result and will now really start to believe they could make a late burst for the finals. Next up is a real season-defining clash away to seventh-placed Perth Glory.

TEAMS:

Central Coast Mariners: Izzo (gk), Ascroft, Uskok (McDonald 82’), J. Rose, Neill, Montgomery (c), L. Rose, Buhagiar (McGing 75’), Garcia (Heffernan 61’), Austin, Bingham

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti (gk), Hoffman, Mullen, Boogaard (c), Cowburn, Poljak, Ugarkovic, Leonardo (Kantarovski 90+3’), Alivodic, Nordstrand (Cooper 82’), Trifunovic

Scorers: Ugarkovic 57’

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Mullen 45’, Poljak 51’, Uskok 78’, Montgomery 79’, McGing 90’

Conditions: 26C, Fine

Attendance: 7528 @ Central Coast Stadium

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Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64
Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 50
Melbourne City FC 27 13 4 10 43
Melbourne Victory 27 12 5 10 41
Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 39
Brisbane Roar FC 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 8 9 10 33
Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 32
Wellington Phoenix 27 5 6 16 21
Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 20