Jets entertain fans with big wins at home

Jets fans were treated with a double-header that provided goals galore on a beautiful Friday evening, as McDonald Jones Stadium was witness to the Jet’s men’s and women’s first victory of the new season.

The girls kick started the evening with an emphatic 5-1 win over Wellington Phoenix – with Tara Andrews starring with a 2 minute brace, continuing on from Kirsty Fenton’s wonder-strike in the first half that has set social media alight.

The men kept the party going, securing their first victory of the Isuzu UTE A-League season, cruising to a 4-0 victory with Beqa Mikeltadze bagging a double, as the Jet’s also fixed some defensive lapses that saw them keep their first clean-sheet of the season.

With 9 goals from the Jets on offer during the double-header, read on below for a blow-by-blow recount of the evening.

FULL TIME : The Jets have an emphatic victory to open their account this season!

90′ Jets are winding down the clock to their maiden victory of the campaign

87′ Jets have 9 shots on target in tonight’s match.

84′ SUBSTITUTION: Jordan O’Doherty and Angus Thurgate leave the game for Al’ Tay and Grozos

79′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!! NEW 4 – 0 WEL Daniel Penha continues his fantastic performance with a great goal

77′ Jets turn away Wellington from a dangerous setpiece and in turn see away the ensuing corner.

73′ Substitution: Murnane and Yuel leave for Riley Warland and Sam Silvera to enter the match

69′ GOALLLLLLL!!!!! NEW 3 – 0 WEL Murnane turns home some great lead up play and extends our lead!

66′ Substitution: Jason Hoffman is taken off for Dane Ingham

62′ Penha has a fantastic shot from outside the box that is only denied by the wood work.

61′ Wellington called for offside as Jets look look to take a stranglehold in this game

57′ Jack Duncan easily deals with a Wellington shot as they look to turn defence into attack

51′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!! NEW 2 – 0 WEL Beqa has a brace after poking home a goal-line scramble as the Jets double their lead

50′ Elsey just has his header swing wide of the posts after Penha lashed in a fantastic cross from a free-kick

49′ Yellow card presented for Elliot for Wellington, as Jet’s set up for a free-kick just outside the box

45′ And we are underway for the 2nd half

Half Time: The boys hold onto a slender lead heading into the break

39′ Jets miss a golden opportunity to double their lead but Yuel is unable to convert from close range

38′ Wellington try to curl one in from just outside the box but doesn’t trouble Jack Duncan

33′ Beqa instigates another attacking raid with some crafty work in the middle of the park but is dealt with by Wellington’s defence

31′ GOALLLLL!!!!!!!! 1 NEW – 0 WEL Beqa scores his second goal of the campaign and see’s us open our account this evening

30′ At the half-hour mark Jets have had 67% of possession, becoming a regular occurrence in these recent games

27′ Wellington try a surprise shot from just over halfway but Jack Duncan was wise to it and quickly diffuses their attempt

24′ Thurgate de-escalates a Wellington attack and see’s the ball out for a corner – which is in turn dealt with by the Jets defence

22′ Yuel drills a dangerous cross across the mouth of goal but is seen out for a Wellington throw-in

19′ Beqa turns and hit’s a shot from just outside the box after some fantastic interception work from Penha but the keeper safely catches the shot

17′ Foul awarded to the Jets deep in their own half, as they look to go on the attack

14′ Yuel almost capitalises on a loose ball in the Wellington box but it is caught by the keeper.

9′ Wellington rattle a shot away that is easily dealt with by keeper Jack Duncan

5′ Fantastic play from Beqa on the edge of Wellington’s box almost see’s Boumal open the scoring, with his shot just rising above the crossbar

1′ It’s kick-off here at McDonald Jones Stadium for the second match of our double header


FRIDAY 7:20PM TEAM LIST: Here’s how the men take the field tonight!

20. Oliver Sail (gk), 5. James McGarry, 6. Timothy Payne, 8. Benjamin Old, 9. David Ball, 10. Reno Piscopo, 14. Alex Rufer, 17. Callan Elliot, 21. Joshua Laws, 23. Clayton Lewis, 88. Gary Hooper SUBSTITUTES: 3, Matthew Bozinovski, 11, Jaushua Sotirio, 13. Nicholas Pennington, 16. Louis Fenton, 18. Benjamin Waine, 19. Sam Sutton, 40. Alexander Paulsen (gk)

FULL TIME : The girls have run out convincing winners at home!

90′ 5 minutes of extra time has been added

85′ the Jets continue their search for another goal with a corner awarded

80′ Goal NEW 5 – 1 WEL

77′ Another stoppage in play, this time for Wellington.

73′ GOAL!!!!!! NEW 5 – 0 WEL Sophie Harding makes it 5 after just entering the game!

70′ Wellington have their chance to drag one back but are denied by Jets keeper Boric

67′ Substitution: Tara Andrews leaves the game with a brace, as Gemma House comes on.

65′ Tara Andrews almost capitalises from another corner, as the Jets continue their stranglehold on the game

62′ GOAL! NEW 4 – 0 WEL Tara Andrews makes it two in 2 minutes!

60′ GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!! NEW 3 – 0 WEL Tara Andrews opens her account for the season from a corner whipped in by Emily Van Egmond!

56′ Jets are firmly in control now and pushing for a third goal, with a set-piece from the side just being denied by the woodwork

54′ GOALLLLLLLL!!!!! NEW 2 – 0 WEL Dolvik opening her account for the Jets in style with a cracker of a goal!

51′ Stoppage in play for the Jets’ Fenton who seems to have sustained an injury

50′ Jets with their first real chance of the 2nd half is dealt with by the Wellington keeper.

46′ Stoppage in play for a Wellington injury

45′ The second half begins!

HALF TIME: The girls are in control heading into the break!

42′ Jets are looking in control heading towards half-time as an attacking raid is turned away for a Jets corner

38′ Dolvik unlucky not to be on the scoresheet after a strong shot from her is saved by the keeper.

34′ Jets are running with all the momentum now, as they look to capitalise from their first corner of the game

32′ GOALLLLL! NEW 1 – 0 WEL Kirsty Fenton chips the keeper in an amazing bit of skill from near the edge of the box!

30′ Van Egmond tries it from distance and almost succeeds, but is away for a goal kick

28′ Dolvik almost squeezes one into the bottom left corner but hits the side netting

25′ Van Egmond almost latches onto a long ball in the box to open the Jets account but couldn’t quite make the shot.

23′ Wellington with their first real chance of the game from a deep throw-in, then is cleared away by the Jets defence

16′ The game has settled in the midfield with both sides wrestling for ascendency.

11′ Jets return serve with a similar free kick in their attacking third, with the Fenton almost opening the girls account with a header that just went wide

10′ Free kick awarded to Wellington in a dangerous position after a strong challenge from Fenton

7′ Jets are controlling possession nicely, with Emily Van Egmond’s presence already felt with some classy touches in the middle of the field

2′ Lucy Johnson has our first shot of the day, latching onto a cross the sails just wide of the goals for a goal kick

1′ And it’s kick-off on this beautiful Friday afternoon!


FRIDAY 4:20PM: Here is your starting XI for the girls first home game of the Liberty A-League season!

FRIDAY 4:20PM: Wellington Phoenix team list:

1. Lily Alfeld (gk), 2. Saskia Vosper, 3. Kate Taylor, 4. Mackenzie Barry, 5. Jordan Jasnos, 6. Isabel Gomez, 7. Chloe Knott, 8. Grace Wisnewski, 9. Ava Pritchard, 10. Grace Jale, 15. Zoe McMeeken, SUBSTITUTES 13. Te Reremoana Walker, 17. Talitha Kramer, 18. Annabel Martin, 20. Alyssa Whinham, 12. Brianna Edwards (gk)

FRIDAY 2:20PM: We’re here!

FRIDAY 7:30AM: It’s Gameday Newcastle! Let’s goooooo!






THURSDAY 3:00PM: We’re back at home, and both teams are playing! Welcome to our official Match-Day Blog ahead of Saturday’s matches as both teams look for their first wins in the Liberty A-League and Isuzu UTE A-League against Wellington Phoenix. Keep your eyes glued here on Match-Day as we list live scores, blow by blow updates, squad updates and behind the scenes news, photos and videos.