Thurgate the hero in 50th A-League match


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“For us to come here and be able to beat them is a huge pat on the back for our players,” Coach Craig Deans. “For me, that’s the third clean sheet in a row. Credit to the players.”


Angus Thurgate marked his 50th A-League game by scoring the winner as the Newcastle Jets continued their resurgence with a 1-0 triumph against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Thurgate delivered the killer blow in the 72nd minute after a smart cut-back from Valentino Yuel as head coach Craig Deans celebrated his first three-point haul since taking over the Hunter outfit on a permanent basis earlier this month.


90′ Goodwin with a lovely run, has a shot but it’s over the crossbar. 

90′ SUB: Abbas on for Yuel.

90′ Four minutes extra time added

86′ CARD: Millar with a leg pull.

85′ SUB: Goodwin comes on for his A-League debut. He replaces O’Donovan.

81′ Victory are down to 10 men.

80′ Adama Traoré has gone down injured but Victory have used all their subs.


71′ GOAL: Yuel turns it back inside for Thurgate and he has drilled it in the bottom corner. We lead 1-0.

67′ SUB: Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio off for Rudy Gestede and McManaman off for Ben Folami.

67′ SAVE: O’Donovan with the header but it’s saved and then Yuel with the left boot but it’s saved again. Ahhhh…

“I’m starting to lose my hair. I don’t know what’s a penalty and what’s not. I don’t believe he (Butterfield) got a touch of the ball.” – Fox commentator Archie Thompson.

63′ Prso is taken down by Butterfield in the box. No penalty given. VAR will check it… decision is upheld. No penalty. 

61′ SUB: Prso on for Najjarine.

60′ CHANCE: Adama Traoré fires one through the middle but it’s over the crossbar.

58′ SUB: Ansell off for Ryan.

56′ Ball hits a Victory defender in the hand, in the box but the official says ‘play on’.

55′ CARD: Thurgate given a yellow for stopping a counter attack.

51′ O’Toole with some wonderful defensive work. Produces the block on McManaman.

48′ SAVE: McManaman with the strike, Duncan gets a finger tip to it and the ball finds the post. WOW. Close call.

46′ Play resumes and Victory go on the attack via Kruse but Duncan makes the save.


45′ Two minutes of additional time has been added.

44′ Kruse with the run but Duncan pounces on the ball.

40′ CARD: Boogaard sticks the foot out and gets Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio. He cops a yellow.

37′ STOPPAGE: Roux is leaving the field injured. 

35′ SAVE: O’Toole finds Thurgate who has a shot but the keeper makes the save.


31′ Victory with a nice passage of play but Koutroumbis gets the ball away. Nervous moment for us.

28′ CARD: Roux is shown the yellow.

27′ INJURY: O’Toole takes a boot to the face from Storm Roux. Both players are down. Roux hit his head on the turf as he landed. Heavy contact. 

25′ SAVE: Topor-Stanley and Duncan shut down McManaman and Brimmer.

20′ CHANCE: Victory’s Shotton with the header via a corner kick but it’s over the post.

18′ OFFSIDE: Kruse offside for Victory

16′ SHOT: Millar launches one from inside the box but it sails wide. 

15′ We are in control but failing to execute in that final pass. We look good though and are shifting the ball around well. 


10′ Jets building nicely. Putting together passes. Millar on the edge of the penalty area. Fires one at the top corner and the keeper is there to make the save.


7′ SHOT: O’Toole with time, looks for Yuel but Victory get a foot to it. Corner kick called. 

6′ FOUL: Najjarine pushed in the back. We set up at the top of the box but Victory shut down the Najjarine cross. 

4′ OFFSIDE: Boogaard gives it to Yuel who pushes the ball wide of the net but is called off-side.

3′ FOUL: Topor-Stanley is tripped and we waste little time continuing to apply pressure. Millar with the cross and we secure a corner. 

1′ CHANCE: Nice passage early from Thurgate and Yuel.

0′ Play is underway at AAMI Park. 

3.40pm: The opposition:

3.30pm: Take a look inside the sheds


3pm: Our team list is in.


1.10pm: Congrats to Angus Thurgate who plays his 50th A-League match today.


1pm: Below are the two squads which were named on Saturday!

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Ryan SHOTTON, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11. Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15, Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 19.Dylan RYAN, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO

**2-4 to be omitted**

In:  7.Callum McMANAMAN (promoted), 15, Aaron ANDERSON (promoted), 17.Elvis KAMSOBA (promoted), 25.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO (promoted)

Out: 23.Marco ROJAS (injured – face)

Unavailable: Nil

Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 2.Johnny KOURTROUMBIS, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Ramy NAJJARINE, 14.Ali ABBAS, 15.Tete YENGI, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Jack ARMSON, 17.Valentino YUEL, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 21.Luka PRŠO, 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 26. Archie GOODWIN, 27.Lucas MAURAGIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 16.Matt Millar (returns from quarantine), 11.Ramy NAJJARINE (returns from injury), 26. Archie GOODWIN (promoted), 22. Lachlan JACKSON (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (Groin – 1 week),5.Ben KANTAROVKSI (calf – 2 weeks)

1pm: Steven Ugarkovic plays his 100th straight match.