Match report: Taggart breaks Jets hearts as fans flock back to Newcastle

Adam Taggart's late goal helped Perth Glory earn a point in a  2-2 draw with Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium in front of almost 15,000 fans in the Hyundai A-League Round 2.

On a pristine surface and in perfect conditions, the Jets weren't quite at the level of last week's 5-1 win but they were within minutes of a win. 

However, their former striker Taggart with two super strikes ensured the honours would remain even.   

And with 14,833 fans in attendance, the Jets are clearly riding a wave of support in Newcastle with striker Roy O'Donovan now on four goals for the season. 

 STORY OF THE GAME

  • Glory hit the opener inside the first 10 minutes while the Jets struggled to find any fluency in front of a large and expectant crowd. 
  • But the Jets hit back on the half-hour mark courtesy of their main man,  O'Donovan.
  • And with the last play of the half Daniel Georgievski fluffed a good chance to give the hosts a 2-1 lead. 
  • But it came shortly after the break. Kantarovski with the go-ahead goal on the hour mark much to the delight of the big home crowd.  
  • However their former hero Taggart found the net with a perfect header in time added on to make it 2-2. 

 

Jets v Glory
Action from Sunday's Jets v Glory clash

GOALS

Taggart, Glory 7’, 0-1

Castro with the inch-perfect low cross and Taggart angled his effort past Duncan for a clinical opening goal by the former Jets striker. 

O'Donovan, Jets 30’, 1-1

 Vargas in the attacking third found Nabbout wide and his low cross was just right for O'Donovan who slid it past Reddy from straight in front. 

Kantarovski, Jets 60’, 2-1

A scrappy goal as a free kick is sent to the far post where Topor-Stanley's header hits the post and  Kantarovski pokes home the rebound

Taggart, Glory 90 +2, 2-2

 Harold sends the cross into the box and  Taggart unleashes a brilliant header across Duncan and inside the left post.