Roar left frustrated as Jets resurgence continues in Redcliffe stalemate

Brisbane Roar were left frustrated at home for the second time in a week as Newcastle Jets held the Queenslanders to a scoreless draw on Sunday.

Warren Moon's side lost 2-0 to Macarthur FC last Tuesday and followed that result up by returning to Redcliffe with a performance which promised much but did not deliver three points that would have seen Roar return to second place on the A-League ladder. 

Japanese international Riku Danzaki saw two goals ruled out for offside in each half, while the biggest chance of the match fell to the on-loan Consadole Sapporo man, who could not find a way past Newcastle shotstopper Jack Duncan when the visitors failed to clear their lines. 

Dylan Wenzel-Halls had five goals and two assists to his name prior to kick off but was tightly marshalled by the Newcastle rearguard. The former NPL Queensland striker sliced a late opportunity straight at Duncan, while Irishman Jay O'Shea fired a promising free-kick over the bar. 

Duncan made an outstanding late stop to parry Scott McDonald's glancing header in the dying embers of the match but Brisbane could muster enough ruthlessness in front of goal to inflict defeat on a Jets side now unbeaten in four A-League matches.

Newcastle's best chance of the encounter came when Valentino Yuel hit the post with a fantastic curling strike in the first half but did not sustain enough pressure on Jamie Young's goal to leave the Queensland capital with a victory on Valentine's Day. 

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Key moments

After Roar were usurped 2-0 in their own backyard by A-League newcomers Macarthur FC last Tuesday, Moon's side started on the front foot as Brisbane eyed a return to second place on the A-League ladder.

But the Queenslanders found the going tough against a well-organised and resilient Jets outfit growing in stature by the week. Brisbane did get the ball over the line in a first half of few clear opportunities for either side, but Danzaki's header was disallowed because McDonald did not prevent Corey Brown's cross from going over the line before scooping the ball across for the Japanese international to head past Duncan. 

Newcastle came closest in the first half when Yuel smacked the post with a fantastic effort from outside the box that had Jamie Young beaten. The South Sudanese international has four goals in eight matches for the Jets this season, after joining from Western United in the off-season. 

Brisbane began to gain ascendancy in the arm-wrestle in the second. Danzaki saw another goal ruled out by the linesman's flag after he did not stay level before slotting Jay O'Shea's pass between Duncan. 

But having been denied by fine margins, Danzaki ought to have put Brisbane ahead and broken the tense deadlock later in the second. Connor O'Toole could not clear Brown's cross but after taking a touch free inside the box, Danzaki's finish was hit true but straight at the Newcastle goalkeeper. 

That was a huge chance to grab the winner, and although Wenzel-Halls sliced a late opportunity wide and O'Shea put a free-kick narrowly over the bar, Newcastle saw ought the match with relative control - even though there were hearts in mouths when Duncan made an outstanding fingertip save to deny McDonald's header, only for the Australian to ultimately be ruled offside. 

Newcastle stretch their unbeaten run to four matches. They have not lost in the A-League since going down to Brisbane 2-1 on January 20.

Next matches

Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar
Saturday, 20 February 2021
Kick-off: 7.10pm AEDT
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
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Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets
Sunday, 21 February 2021
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park 
Broadcast: FOX Sports 505
Stream: Kayo Sports, MyFootball Live App

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