Yuel goal earns Jets three points against wasteful City
Newcastle Jets extended their unbeaten streak to three games whilst handing Melbourne City a third-straight loss with a 1-0 win at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Valentino Yuel put the hosts ahead in the first half and his goal-line finish proved all the Jets needed to seal all three points, as City wasted a number of second-half chances to continue a lacklustre start to the 2020/21 A-League campaign.
City came into the contest after two consecutive losses and looked to instantly gain control of the Jets, with an early chance presenting to Jamie Maclaren which the spearhead failed to guide past Jack Duncan in Newcastle's goal.
After a sluggish start the Jets slowly began to come to life, with Jason Hoffman impressing down the right flank in his 150th A-League game.
Hoffman was at the heart of all of the Jets attacking play; his deflected strike led to a Yuel goal chalked offside due to Roy O'Donovan's goal-line collision with Tom Glover, before Yuel struck again just before the half after Hoffman's cross to Angus Thurgate hit the post and fell into his path on the goal line.
A tightly contested second stanza offered up enormous chances at both ends, with Adrián Luna involved in a number of dangerous City attacks. The Uruguayan wasted the first of his opportunities after a marauding run with his resulting pass failing to find Maclaren strolling in on goal, before Jets captain Nigel Boogaard headed wide from an unmarked position at the back post down the other end.
Luna was presented with two gilt-edged chances to equalise in the final ten minutes but his respective headers went wide, as the Jets held on to all three points for dear life until the final whistle blew.
Early Maclaren chance thwarted by Duncan
City unleashed new signing Nuno Reis alongside Curtis Good in defence and the Portuguese defender appeared settled from the start.
Reis intercepted in defence and played Luna onto the ball. Luna fed Jamie Maclaren with an invasive through ball and the Socceroos marksman was in on goal; Maclaren attempted to drive his shot past Jack Duncan in goal but the Jets 'keeper blocked the shot on the right side of his body to deny City an opening goal.
One-two with Yuel grants Hoffman sight on goal
The 150-game man was busy early, and after an inviting through ball from Yuel, Hoffman found himself with the opportunity to drive a letha shot from a flight angle inside the box.
Hoffman's shot however was blasted directly at Tom Glover who stood tall to make a strong block.
Yuel heads home but O'Donovan adjudged offside
Another dangerous attack sparked by Hoffman led to a deflected strike in the box which made its way to an unmarked Yuel who headed truly past Glover, only to see his goal ruled out for an offside intervention by O'Donovan.
The Jets striker was stood in Glover's path as the ball went into the back of the net. The City gloveman crunched into O'Donovan while diving to make the save which led to the linesman raising his flag.
Yuel at it again to score fourth of the season
The offside flag denied Yuel earlier in the half, but there was no stopping the 26-year-old from prodding a finish on the goal line to put the Jets ahead.
Hoffman was at the heart of it all once again. A one-two with Steven Ugarkovic sent Hoffman toward the byline and the resulting cross invited Thurgate to leap and head off the post.
The ball bounced across the goal line and Yuel was quickest to react, poking the ball home under pressure.
Luna's lung-busting run ends with wasted pass
Connor O'Toole was caught napping on the ball by Luna and suddenly City were away, with Maclaren and Luna bursting through midfield toward an unguarded Jack Duncan in Newcastle's goal.
The City pair broke quickly but Thurgate quickly made up ground with a desperate defensive run. Thurgate got between the two attackers, casting doubt in Luna's mind. The Uruguayan sized up the goal and attempted to play Maclaren into an open net but Duncan got down to collect the pass and snuff out the danger.
Boogaard at the back post puts unmarked header wide
The chance to put the game to bed presented itself to Boogaard when the Newcastle captain arrived at the back post to dispatch a header on goal.
There were no City defenders in sight as Boogaard connected with the header but he couldn't divert the ball on target, instead lashing the side netting from close range.
Luna unable to convert two late chances
As the game ticked into the final ten minutes Luna continued to find himself in dangerous situations, finding himself with two opportunities to head his side back into the contest.
The City livewire first headed directly into Duncan's grasp before an even better chance presented thanks to a Stefan Colakovski cross. Luna leapt at the ball unmarked but his header flew high over the bar.
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