Now I don’t know if as a diehard Victory supporter, it was my smartest move to drive down to AAMI Park to watch the City – Jets clash but…. My inner Daniel Georgievski fan girl saw the opportunity to shamelessly cheer him and the Jets (whom in my opinion are actually a decent club); while also hoping City get smashed.
For what it is worth I am just going to start off by saying this Warren Joyce v Bruno Fornaroli v The Fans saga seems to be growing with City’s active end in silent protest for the first 23 minutes and as I soon found out, the censoring of the Fox Sports coverage inside AAMI when Bruno was shown on screen.
1. If he (Bruno) wants to leave, then let him go don’t force a player who doesn’t want to be there to stay.
2. What is Joyce trying to achieve by not playing him? He sure as hell isn’t going to change his mind now. Players want to play, it’s how they got into the job in the first place.
The evening definitely didn’t start off as I had hoped when I realised my seat was in the middle of the City fans *insert joke about the number of fans they have here* and then Riley McGree scored a stunner in the 2nd minute. Credit where it’s due and I just knew it would be a long night for the visitors.
For most of the second half it honestly looked like City were on the training pitch, with the Jets missing that exciting attacking football most of us had gotten used to seeing last season. Dare I say they’re missing Andrew Nabbout big time and with Roy O’Donovan still serving his the final few weeks of his ten match ban, where would the goals come from as Dimi Petratos can’t do it all on his own.
Toward the end of the first half, Newcastle had managed to get themselves into a bit of a rhythm keeping the ball and pushing forward to try and find their equaliser. In the 30th Petratos floated a great free kick into the penalty area to Hoffman but City’s keeper Galekovic made the save to deny the visitors.
A few minutes later following a corner from the Jets which Dimi Petratos managed to hit over the cross bar, I was beginning to think ok the Jets are still in this. Hang in there.
With the fourth official signalling three minutes of stoppage time, I had my fingers and toes crossed for an equaliser. But no, it wasn’t to be when in the final minute of stoppage time Luke Brattan scored a goal that as much as it pained me to admit was so good to see (chest, volley and bang into the back of the net).
Half – time: 2-0 for City and I definitely needed another vodka, lime and soda in preparation for the second half especially when the City fans around me put two and two together after they noticed the Jets scarf around my neck.
The second half was underway and I was curious to see what if anything Ernie Merrick’s men could pull out of the hat for the rest of the match. Well, I know Ernie is good at pep talks because it seemed to have worked with the Jets looking hungry for some goals when Dimi Petratos (again) hit the ball beautifully past Galekovic but it was just wide in the 47th minute.
For a good chunk of the second it was in my opinion anyway, a tight contest (tighter than Schenkevald’s shorts) for possession and attacking opportunities by both sides. Back and forth, it went when the 62nd saw a De Laet ball cleared into Dario Vidosic’s legs and almost chipping the Jets’ keeper Moss but luckily for the Jets (unlucky if you’re in City Blue) it looped over the bar.
The visitors were given a rare goal scoring opportunity at this point in the 70th when Cowburn found Hoffman heading toward goal but the tight angle was no trouble for Eugene Galekovic. Five minutes later and it was pretty much game over for Newcastle when Lachy Wales scores City’s third for the night in the 75th.
Hmm… 15 minutes or so to play could Newcastle cause a late upset? Or were we about to witness a second demolishing of a NSW-based side *sorry Wanderer fans* as City’s neighbours Victory did the night before at Marvel Stadium.
To be fair, the final 15 saw Jets try everything they had in their arsenal to at least find a consolation goal and with City still in the attacking mindset I think it was a case of too little too late for the visitors.
The 84th saw Newcastle come oh so close, when Dimi Petratos (ok, tell me he isn’t a great player to watch) saw an opportunity for a solid hit at goal but Galekovic managed to keep it out with a diving save and the follow through by
Vujica was thwarted by deflection. City were starting to park the bus and following four minutes of stoppage time added on and before you knew it, game over.
3 – 0 City. Closing the gap on league leaders Perth Glory down to 4 points and Jets sitting in the 7th spot.
I had to try really hard to avoid some serious swearing and to credit Hayley, instead of starting my article with ‘sh*t f**k City, f**king sh*t balls’ she suggested ‘sh*t City b***h’ to the tune of that song… but all jokes aside City deserved that win, they seized the opportunities presented. However, I think once O’Donovan is back for Newcastle they will have that final bit of finishing magic that they have been missing and as we learnt last season do not rule them out of final contention just yet.