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Report: Late Cowburn equaliser saves Newcastle at the death

Nick Cowburn’s late equaliser rescued a 1-1 draw for Newcastle Jets in Saturday night’s Remembrance Round fixture against Sydney FC.

The Jets defender registered his maiden Hyundai A-League goal in timely fashion for Ernie Merrick’s side, heading home Dimitri Petratos’ free-kick at the near post to ensure a share of the spoils.

Earlier on, Alex Brosque had opened the scoring from nearly the exact same position on the field – beating Glen Moss with a near post header of his own.

That strike had for so long looked like the sole moment of ruthlessness from a match that failed to explode into life.

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The Sydney skipper threatened again late in a tetchy first half but blazed a left-footed effort high and wide after a well-worked foray forward.

The reigning Premiers continued to frustrate the shot-shy Jets in the second stanza, with Milos Ninkovic forcing Moss diving low to his left midway through the period as the Sky Blues searched for a match-clinching moment.

That never came for Steve Corica’s men, who were left frustrated on the cusp of stoppage time by Cowburn’s opportune moment of heroism.

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Hyundai A-League 2018/19
# Club P W D L PTS
Perth Glory 27 18 6 3 60
Sydney FC 27 16 4 7 52
Melbourne Victory 27 15 5 7 50
Adelaide United 27 12 8 7 44
Melbourne City FC 27 11 7 9 40
Wellington Phoenix 27 11 7 9 40
Newcastle Jets 27 10 5 12 35
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 27 6 6 15 24
Brisbane Roar FC 27 4 6 17 18
Central Coast Mariners 27 3 4 20 13