Newcastle Jets have climbed off the bottom of the ladder with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
All three goals were scored in an action-packed first half as the under-pressure Jets overcame an early deficit to secure their first win in eight matches.
Perth set an expected course for the match inside seven minutes when Nebojsa Marinkovic curled home a classy opener from the edge of the area.
Any thoughts of a routine victory were soon scuppered though as Andrew Hoole clinically restored parity with a cool left-footed finish, before Milan Smiljanic’s own-goal gifted the visitors a deserved lead at the break.
A combination of Newcastle wastefulness and fine goalkeeping from Liam Reddy ensured the match remained alive until the end, but Mark Jones’ side saw out the second half to sew up their second win of the season.
1-0 Glory: Nebojsa Marinkovic, 7’
Chris Harold smartly spotted Marinkovic on the edge of the area and the Serbian made no mistake, curling a sweet first-time effort inside the near post.
1-1 Jets: Andrew Hoole, 21’
Hoole was played in on goal by Devante Clut and took his opportunity with aplomb, sliding a calm left-foot finish into the bottom far corner.
1-2 Jets: Milan Smiljanic OG, 45’+1
Newcastle went ahead with a well-earned slice of fortune when Smiljanic’s flying defensive header flew into the top corner of his own goal.
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