Hunter fans were treated with a second consecutive mid-week fixture on Tuesday evening, however results wouldn’t fall our way with both the Jets Men and Women side’s going down at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The girls kicked off the double-header event against Melbourne Victory and although they kept on the heels of the 4th placed side throughout the match, they would eventually go down 1-0.
The men were next and after having their original match against Perth Glory postponed, a late re-scheduling saw the side face Melbourne City at McDonald Jones Stadium. However it wasn’t to be their night, going down in what was veteran Jason Hoffman’s 250th A-Leagues match, 4-2.
Follow a play-by-play of the double header event below.
90+2‘ The Jets won’t die wondering, with the City keeper forced to make a snap decision to shut down a brilliant Penha inspired counter attack
90′ Jets are eager to push the ball and find another goal, but it seems to just not be their night.
87′ Jets are pushing hard for a third goal but are running out of time
83′ GOOOOALLLLLLLLLL 2 NEW – MCY 4 Birthday boy Angus Thurgate squeezes one in the bottom corner! There’s still time!!
75′ Despite the score, Hoffman is denied a goal on his 250th game – a brilliant header is cleared from the line by the City defence.
73′ Jets almost convert a free-kick
71′ Jets are still trying hard to claw this one back, but everything City touches right now turns to gold
66′ 4 MCY – NEW 1 A shot from City takes two deflections and finds the back of the net
64′ Yuel is looking dangerous as ever, beating his man down the flank more often than not
62′ SUBSTITUTES: Regan, Grozos and Yuel have all entered the match
61′ Hopefully that goal will steady the ship for the Jets, possession is evening up with the Jets holding 47% now
57′ GGGOOOAAAALLLLLLL 3 MCY – NEW 1 Beqa converts a penalty and keeps us alive in this game with 30 minutes to go
56′ 3 MCY – NEW 0 City extend their lead
52′ 2 MCY – NEW 0 Maclaren doubles the visitors lead
46′ Leckie almost doubles the advantage after latching onto a loose ball on the edge of the box
45′ We are back underway for the second half, the Jets will be looking to improve on their 2 shots on target in the first half.
45′ Penha is getting closer, this time a low shot from the top of the box is saved by City’s keeper.
43′ Penha rockets a shot from a free kick from just outside the box, it is saved and cleared away by the City goalkeeper however
40′ 1 MCY – NEW 0 Jets fall behind from a scramble in the box just before halftime
39′ O’Doherty is presented a yellow card for a foul on halfway
37′ City have committed 7 fouls so far this half, to the Jets 4.
34′ Jack Duncan saves us after a mistake at the back, blocking a shot from close distance – City are awarded the corner.
31′ Jets have had 41% of possession after 30 minutes
30′ Jack Duncan shuts down a dangerous Nabbout cross.
27′ Captain Matt Jurman has left the field with a suspected ankle injury, Riley Warland enters the game in his place.
23′ Penha tries a shot from way downtown, can’t blame him for trying as it wasn’t far off – but it’s a City goal kick
21′ Jets survive a penalty shout from City, VAR checks it and awards City a yellow for simulation
18′ Jets are awarded a relieving free kick in their box after a tangle of body’s in the box, however, VAR may have something to say
16′ The Jets are asking plenty of questions when they get into the visitors half, but have yet to control enough possession to build pressure
13′ City drills a shot at the bottom corner, but Duncan is wise to it.
12′ Thurgate and Elsey combine to shutdown a City long ball, with Duncan safely claiming the ball
10′ Boumal almost caps off a brilliant lead up play for the Jets, but he rockets his shot over the crossbar.
8′ Penha tries it on his wicked left boot, however this one sails over the crossbar.
6′ Boumal almost creates something from nothing with a sumptuous pass to his outside man, but it is seen away for consecutive corners.
5′ Elsey diffuses a dangerous run from Maclaren and hits the ball to safety.
2‘ Jack Duncan easily claims a shot from City, as Newcastle look to settle into the game and dictate terms.
TUESDAY 8:05pm: We are underway at McDonald Jones Stadium!
TUESDAY 7:30pm: It’s the boys turn now, here’s our starting XI against the reigning premiers!
Melbourne City Starting XI : 1. Thomas Glover (gk), 2. Scott Galloway, 3. Scott Jamieson (c), 5. Rostyn Griffiths, 7. Matthew Leckie, 8. Aiden O’Neill, 9. Jamie Maclaren, 10. Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, 15. Andrew Nabbout, 18. Connor Metcalfe, 22. Curtis Good SUBSTITUTES: 6. Carl Jenkinson, 16. Taras Gomulka, 17. Stefan Colakovski, 20. Manuel Pucciarelli, 23. Marco Tillio, 36. Kerrin Stokes, 33. Matthew Sutton (gk)
85′ Dolvik is giving Victory’s defence all sorts of issues on the left flank, and could be the architect of a late goal if she keeps this up
83′ Jets are looking more dangerous heading into these last few minutes, and an equaliser could be on the cards.
79′ Dolvik tries her luck from outside the box, but the shot sails wide of the target.
73′ Substitutions: Lara Gooch and Marie Dolvik enter the match
72′ Harding makes a terrific drive into Victory’s 18-yard box, but her shot is deflected
68′ The Jets and Victoria have each had 5 corners in the match
64′ A Victory corner is dealt with by the Newcastle defence, but the attack keeps coming
59′ Coelho saves us from falling further behind with another fantastic save, the game is now stopped for a Victory injury
57′ The Jets are looking to get a foothold back in the game after falling one goal behind.
54′ 1 MVC – NEW 0 Victory capitalise with a header from a set piece.
52′ Jets scratch away another attacking raid from Victory, with the visitors starting the half strongly
49′ Victory blast a golden opportunity over the crossbar, as the Jets look to regain momentum with a goal kick
48′ Jets have had 1 shot on target compared to the visitors 5
47′ Jets apply early pressure with an attacking raid and are awarded a corner.
46′ We’re back underway at McDonald Jones Stadium!
45′ Victory with another chance, as we approach half-time
44′ Another stoppage for injury, 5 minutes of added time
41′ Another shot from Victory rockets off the side-post, Jets defending for their lives
39′ Jets somehow scramble and defend Victory’s closest chance of the day, the ball almost seeing the back of the net twice before it was cleared away by the defence.
34′ Jaber seems to of recovered and helped start our best chance of the afternoon so far, with Harding almost picking out the bottom right-hand corner.
32′ Another stop in play for an injury, Tiana Jaber is receiving attention for what seems to be a lower leg complaint.
29′ Victory once again try their luck from outside the box, but sails over the crossbar
23′ Stop in play for a Victory injury.
19′ Coehlo produces a fantastic save to deny Victory, and the ensuing corner is sent away for a goal-kick
16′ Melbourne try their chance from well outside the box, but Coehlo claims it with ease
14′ Victory have had the better of the chances so far, but the Jets are asking questions of the defence whenever they get the chance
10′ Possession has swung both ways for each side, the Jets are looking to get into their rhythm and pass the ball around.
6′ Victory return the favour as the Jets are awarded a free-kick near the visitor’s corner post, however it is seen away for a goal kick
4′ A free-kick is awarded to Victory in dangerous territory, but it sails over the crossbar
TUESDAY: 5:25pm It’s game time!
TUESDAY: 4:45pm: Here’s how our girl’s lineup for their clash against Melbourne Victory!
Melbourne Victory Starting XI: 1. Casey Dumont (gk), 3. Claudia Bunge, 5. Courtney Nevin, 7. Kyra Cooney-Cross, 8. Alana Murphy, 9. Catherine Zimmerman, 10. Alexandra Chidiac, 13. Polly Doran, 15. Amy Jackson (c), 17. Maja Markovski, 25. Brooke Hendrix SUBSTITUTES: 2. Tiffany Eliadis, 11. Harriet Withers, 16. Paige Zois, 30. Melindaj Barbieri, 20. Melissa Maizels (gk)
TUESDAY 4:30PM: We’re here with beautiful weather for this evenings double-header!
TUESDAY 7:30AM: Here’s all you need to know for our Men’s match
TUESDAY 7:30AM: It’s Matchday! And we’re very excited! Tonight sees our Liberty A-League side kicking off proceedings against Melbourne Victory, before our Isuzu UTE A-League team meet with Melbourne City – both opponents are defending champions!