Saturday night football started with the Roar hosting the Jets, in what was supposed to be the start of a nice send off for the retiring Matt McKay. The Roar decided to play the “yoof” (youth) with 6 players under 21 and two teens on the bench it was definitely going to be a night for the young ones to shine. Or so the Roar faithful thought…
Two minutes in and Joey Champness made a stunning run into the box drawing a great save from Jamie Young. The Jets seemed to have most of the momentum in the opening few minutes and their efforts didn’t go unrewarded when Joey Champness fired the ball into the back of the net in the 23rd! Admittedly, got a lucky deflection but that wasn’t going to deter the Jets!
Champness was out to party, in the 28th with a cheeky little assist for Roy O’Donovan who slotted it past Young the Jets’ second!
The rest of the second half saw the Jets searching for some more goals, notably with a chance for Thurgate who benefited again from a Champness ball but this time Young made the save in the 40th.
The home side had some work to do in the second that’s for sure!
The Roar managed to get themselves on the scoreboard via Zach Duncan who pounded on a Wenzel-Halls shot from distance after picking up the ball from a turnover, but Italiano can only parry and Zach Duncan scored his first senior goal!
2-1 in the Jets’ favour!
Roy O’Donovan seemed to have his scoring boots on in the 55th! Burying a header from Vujica’s cross! A brace for the Irishman and 3 goals for the visitors!
It was starting to become a night of misery for the Roar in the 65th when Sheppard picked up the ball at the top of the area and fired at the goal, but it took a big deflection of Dimi and ends up in the back of the net!
4-1 Newcastle and the Jets were flying!
As a neutral it was hard not to feel sorry for the Roar but at the same time enjoy the Jets display, reminiscent of the team that reached last season’s grand final! The pain didn’t end there, in the 69th Joey Champness scoring his second and the Jets’ fifth!
What a night for the Newcastle faithful and a not so nice sending off for McKay!
The final nail in the coffin came two minutes in stoppage time! 90’+2 through Appiah!
I tried and wanted to find positives for the Roar but this time, it was tough. However seeing the youth given a chance, there could be a glimmer of hope for next season.
By Jakline Manevski