Kasey Wherman was the difference as the Newcastle Jets defeated Gold Coast United for their seventh straight win as he played a crucial part in two late goals.
It was a tight affair for most of the match, although Newcastle had the bulk of the chances, with two golden opportunities falling to Francis Jeffers in the 25th minute as Marko Jesic fed Jeffers with just Moss to beat all the striker manages to do is put it straight at the keeper before following it up a minute later with much the same result, turning Dino Djulbic and firing straight at Glenn Moss.
The second half saw many more chances at goal and more excitement, beginning early as Ali Abbas hits a wonderful free-kick that Moss manages to get a hand to, lifting it up onto the bar, before bouncing down onto the line (replays clearly showing the ball never crossed the line) and back into the arms of Moss.
Just minutes later it was a good chance for Gold Coast as Adama Traore manages to chip Matthew Nash only to be denied by Nikolai Topor-Stanley on the line, heading the ball clear, before another chance falls to Bruce Djite with 20 minutes remaining hitting it for the corner of the coal, forcing a brilliant save out of Nash.
The Jets responded well, as Ljubo Millicevic gains possession at the edge of the box and feeds it for Abbas, who unleashes a thunderbolt to put the Jets in front. Just one minute later it all went pear shaped for Millicevic as his body check results in his second yellow card, leaving the Jets down to ten men.
Gold Coast were unable to capitalize, however, and Sasho Petrovski ended the match, after Wherman’s free-kick was saved by Moss Petrovski was quickest to the rebound, securing a 2-0 win.
The second match on Wednesday had much less excitement for the fans as a last placed North Queensland Fury hosted 8th place Sydney FC with a chance to leap frog Sydney FC with a win.
It was ultimately a dull match, as would be expected from two teams near the bottom of the table, and as is so often the case in these matches was decided by one mistake.
Sydney FC conceded a free-kick, after some good build up from the Fury was stopped by Hiro Moriyasu, Ufuk Talay hit a hard free-kick, which Ivan Necevski jumped to save, and made a meal of, as the shot cannoned off his arms, when he should have punched clear, deflecting the ball down and under his legs, to be the crucial difference in the match.
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