O’Donovan pays tribute to Jets attackers after stunning derby win

Header: O’Donovan pays tribute to fellow Jets attackers

By Aidan Ormond

After a scintillating F3 derby, hat-trick hero Roy O’Donovan paid tribute to his fellow Newcastle Jets forwards Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos.

Roy O’Donovan scored a first-half hat-trick to cap an incredible return to his former club in front of over 12,000 fans in Gosford.

He also provided an assist for Joe Champness and Petratos to cap a 5-star display by himself and Ernie Merrick’s men.

But the Irish talisman was happy to give his new teammates a pump up after a thrilling derby. 

“You want to prove a point against your old team,” he told Fox Sports

“It was a great start and a nice way to introduce myself to the Newcastle fans.

“Nabbout’s power, pace, and Ronnie [Vargas], Dimi [Petratos] were terrific.”


Roy O'Donovan
Roy O'Donovan and Mariners' Alan Baro in the F3 Derby


O’Donovan added Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna was integral to him moving up the F3 to Newcastle, praising him for making the deal happen. 

And much of O'Donovan's pre-match banter was just that, he said, praising the Mariners off-season recruitment policy under Paul Okon.

“Great club, I loved my time at the Mariners and it caused a great stir [leaving for Jets], but everything I said before the game was just to sell some tickets.”

The Jets next face Perth Glory at home next week.