Jets land blow to Western's A-L finals bid

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Newcastle have struck a blow to Western United’s A-League finals hopes with a 1-Zero win at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Roy O’Donovan handed the Jets the lead within the 29th minute and Western had been unable to peg again the deficit.

The loss on Sunday night time leaves A-League newcomers Western 4 factors outdoors the highest six, albeit with video games in hand.

The Jets had the higher of the early possibilities and their diligence paid off when Bernie Ibini slid a by means of ball out large for Jason Hoffman, whose intelligent cross was met by a diving O’Donovan.

The Irishman directed a header previous Filip Kurto for his 10th aim of the season.

O’Donovan had earlier caught Western’s Andrew Durante excessive with a swinging arm within the 14th minute however the contact was missed by the match officers and with no VAR, the incident went unscrutinised on the night time.

Three minutes after O’Donovan’s aim, Besart Berisha regarded to have equalised with a cultured tap-in off Connor Ache’s cross, however the United marksman was clearly offside.

O’Donovan nearly doubled his tally within the 45th minute when he clattered a long-range shot off the skin of the publish.

Shortly after coming into the sport, Jets ahead Abdiel Arroyo blasted a shot large within the 60th minute.

Two minutes later, Western’s Max Burgess floated his personal try large, earlier than firing one other shot straight at Lewis Italiano within the 68th minute.

Whereas the rest of the sport was eventful, Western had been unable to grab a outcome with Kurto denying Jets teen Maki Petratos within the dying seconds.

Western are enjoying catch-up within the finals race, as a consequence of having a number of video games in hand.

The A-League newcomers nonetheless have 4 video games to play in opposition to fellow finals contenders Western Sydney and Perth Glory and prime groups Sydney FC and Melbourne Metropolis.

With the victory, Newcastle leapfrogged Western into seventh place, one level behind Adelaide.

Whereas the Jets are mathematically capable of make finals, a poor aim distinction with only one recreation left makes a top-six berth nearly not possible.

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