Shock win for Wellington Phoenix over Newcastle Jets in five-goal thriller

Tenth-placed Wellington Phoenix shocked second-placed Newcastle Jets with a thrilling 3-2 win in the Hunter on Saturday. 

MATCH CENTRE Re-live the game with stats, heat maps and line-ups in the match centre here

https://www.a-league.com.au/match/newcastle-jets-v-wellington-phoenix-a-league-20-01-2018/928024

STORY OF THE GAME

  • LATE REPLACEMENT For the Jets, keeper Jack Duncan a late replacement for Glen Moss who picked up an injury in the warm-up. 
  • JETS' GOLDEN CHANCE A defence-splitting ball through by Ugarkovic finds Georgievski who fails to capitalise after 15 mins.
  • JETS IN CONTROL Lewis Italiano having a blinder to keep the Jets at bay in the opening 25 minutes. 
  • PHOENIX TAKE SHOCK LEAD: Ljujic with his second goal in as many weeks after 27 mins. 
  • PHOENIX DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Mullen heads Phoenix into a 2-0 lead. 
  • DUNCAN SAVES JETS Phoenix open up the Jets down their left, but Duncan saves Kaluderovic's tame effort in the box. 
  • HALF TIME: 0-2 Phoenix clinical in front of goal after surviving Jets' early onslaught. 
  • JETS GOAL! Nabbout with the goal within two mins of the restart. 
  • PHOENIX SCORE A THIRD With Jets' Nigel Boogard off the pitch receiving treatment, Krishna with the neat finish to make it 1-3 just before the hour mark. 
  • PHOENIX HIT THE BAR Krishna pings a shot off the crossbar. So close to a fourth goal. 
  • PENALTY WON AND SCORED BY JETS Young Gus Thurgate is brought down and Petratos converts after 85 mins. 
  • GAME ON AS JETS PUSH FOR EQUALISER The crowd lifts as Nabbout goes close to an equaliser. 
  • VAR A check for a potential Jets penalty but it wasn't given in stoppage time.

 

Ivan Vujica

 

GOALS

Ljujic Phoenix 0-1, 27'

The tall Serbian striker cuts inside from the right and powers a low shot that goes over a Phoenix player in the box and deceives Jack Duncan. 

Mullen Phoenix 0-2, 36'

Simple goal. Corner slung in by Ridenton and with the sun in the defenders' eyes, Mullen is given enough room to power his header home at the near post. 

Nabbout Jets 1-2, 47'

Within two minutes of the restart and Jets open up Phoenix through Georgievski and Pato Rodriguez who combine beautifully, the ball falls to Nabbout  and he finished past Italiano.

Krishna Phoenix 1-3, 58'

Lovely finish by the Fijian.  Burns with the layoff to Krishna who curled it past Duncan to make it 3-1. Phoenix making the most of their numerical advantage after Boogaard went off the pitch to have a head knock treated. 

Petratos Jets 2-3, 85'

Young Gus Thurgate has his shirt pulled. Dimi Petratos takes the penalty and converts.