Jets draw in Adelaide


The Jets and Adelaide have played out a nil-all draw at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The Newcastle Jets and Adelaide United have played out a nil-all draw at Hindmarsh Stadium.

The draw broke the Jets seven match losing streak away from home, but was still less than they would have liked after dominating much of the game, and had the man advantage late for the final half hour.

The Jets put on another impressive defensive display high up the park to pressure the Red-s off the ball in the first half; but despite dominating the early proceedings and controlling possession, the Jets could not capitalise in front of goal with only one shot from Jeremy Brockie on target in the opening period.

Newcastle-s first open look at goal came in the eighth minute but Brockie sent his shot over the bar after being played in by Byun from the left flank.

Kasey Wehrman did well to dispossess Francisco Uusucar on 16 minutes to allow Ryan Griffiths to try his luck from distance, but he mistimed his effort.

Bruce Djite created Adelaide-s first chance against the run of play after turning Nikolai Topor-Stanley and going through on goal, but Byun covered well from the left hand side to come over and block the shot.

Francis Jeffers sent a shot high and wide on 39 minutes while Brockie forced a save from Eugene Galekovic on 41 minutes.

The teams headed to the sheds at 0-0, Newcastle however carving out more chances in the first 45 minutes.

Tarek Elrich came to Newcastle-s aid when he cleared Iain Ramsey-s shot off the line after he rounded Matthew Nash on 49 minutes, Elrich doing brilliantly to cover when Djite opened up a hole in the Jets defense to release Iain Ramsey in space.

Adelaide United was dealt a blow midway through the second half when defender Nigel Boogaard was shown his second yellow and sent off on 65 minutes, both cards were for decent.

Labinot Haliti came on with fifteen minutes remaining to create some extra spark upfront and he almost got the breakthrough with ten minutes remaining, but missed the target with his free header following Elrich-s cross.

Haliti was in the thick of the action again and had a claim for a penalty on 87 minutes after he was brought down by Jon McKaine, but the referee disagreed.

Fabian Barbiero found the back of the net for Adelaide United late on but from an offside position, while Nash was forced to make a great reflex save to deny Djite on 91 minutes as Adelaide never gave up in fighting for a result at home.

It was a fine performance for Newcastle, they dominated the possession but with an extra man had a good chance to bring home all the points.

“We didn-t ask enough questions when they went down the ten men, we-re happy the way we played but obviously three points would have been nice,” said Newcastle Jets midfielder Kasey Wehrman following the match.

The Newcastle Jets will now return to Ausgrid Stadium as they face Melbourne Victory for the first time this season on Saturday December 3.

“We’ve got a long week ahead; we don’t play until Saturday so we will rest up, do the recovery and dust ourselves off for next week,” said coach Gary van Egmond.

Game Details:
Adelaide United FC 0
Newcastle Jets FC 0
Hindmarsh Stadium 8, 403

Newcastle Jets line up: 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 5. Tiago CALVANO, 7. Kasey WEHRMAN, 8. Jeremy BROCKIE (25. Jacob PEPPER 87-), 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE (c), 13. Sung-Hwan BYUN, 19. Matthew NASH (GK), 23. Ryan GRIFFITHS, 24. Francis JEFFERS (14. Labinot HALITI 74-).
Substitutes not used: 2. Taylor REGAN, 30. Jack DUNCAN (GK).

Adelaide United line up: 1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (GK), 3.Nigel BOOGAARD (red card 65-), 4. Jon McKAIN (c), 7.Zenon CARAVELLA (18. Fabian BARBIERO 83-), 10.Dario VIDOSIC (13. Ricardo DA SILVA 53-), 11. Bruce DJITE, 14. Cameron WATSON, 16. Spase DILEVSKI (2.Osama MALIK 67-), 17. Iain RAMSAY, 21. Francisco UUSUCAR, 22. Milan SUSAK.
Substitutes not used: 39. Nick MUNRO (GK)