Adelaide United defeat Newcastle Jets in feisty thriller

Adelaide United have defeated Newastle Jets 1-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium to hold onto a chance of a top six finish on the A-League’s ladder.

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Adelaide United’s Michael Zullo and Newcastle Jets’ Andrew Zoole battle for the ball. Photo: David Mariuz/Source: AAP Image

The only goal of the match came from striker Bruce Djite in the 26th minute to secure the Red’s the seventh position on the ladder, behind Central Coast.

 

Whilst the goal came from Djite, it seemed that Sergio Cirio was the man to watch, after making a comeback into the Red’s starting line-up.

 

After only 20 minutes into the match, Cirio was set to score the opening goal if it wasn’t for Jets fullback Jacob Pepper keeping the match even.

 

But it was the 26th minute in which a cross from Jeronimo Neumann was deflected by Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti to the waiting Djite.

 

The feisty match was turned up a notch when Jets centre half Taylor Regan performed a late tackle onto Marcelo Carrusca, resulting in the first of the matches seven yellow cards.

 

The atmosphere continued into the second half as Ruben Zadkovich and Carrusca engaged in a personal battle in the midfield.

 

The game looked up in the air for United as they struggled to contain the visitors’ pressure with Emile Heskey making an appearance with little over 20 minutes remaining in the match.

 

But the home side held on to give themselves and the supporters confidence for the rest of the season.

 

“It’s important because for the third game in a row we have a clean sheet, in three games we are getting points, and this gives everyone confidence,” Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau said.

 

“It’s important today but tomorrow we need to start to work again because on Friday we have another game without some important players through injury, and we need to work a lot this week to prepare for the game on Friday.”

 

Adelaide United will play Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium.

 

Written by Airlie Rehmann 

This entry was posted in Football and tagged , , , , by Airlie Rehmann

About Airlie Rehmann

Airlie is a current student at the University of South Australia studying Journalism and Public relations. She has a passion for sports with a strong interest in the AFL and hopes to work in the media surrounding the sport, in the future. Airlie graduated from Golden Grove High School in 2009 and has since then completed two years of a Bachelor of Science at Adelaide University, before beginning her degree in Journalism. She is a current State League player for the Royal Adelaide Cougars Netball Club, whilst in the AFL Airlie is an avid supporter of the Adelaide Crows. Airlie joined the Fiasco Sports team prior to its launch, as Senior Netball Writer, but has since then jumped at the opportunity to join the AFL team also. TWITTER: @Airlie_Rehmann

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