Report: Jets clinical in Young Socceroos win


It was a near full-strength Jets side which took on a youthful Young Socceroos outfit at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday morning.

Ben Kantarovski and Abdiel Arroyo both missed out with slight complaints, while Kaine Sheppard and Wes Hoolahan also took no part due to their long-term injuries.

It was a Newcastle boy who would steal the headlines in what finished up a 10-2 defeat of the young Australia side, with Jason Hoffman nabbing five goals in a clinical first half display.

The first of those came in just the second minute of play, when the wide man got in behind and finished well to open the scoring.

A rare Nikolai Topor-Stanley goal two minutes after that doubled the advantage, before Hoffman added his second with seven minutes on the clock following a superb Bobby Burns cross from the deep.

Dimi Petratos

With fewer than 15 minutes on the clock, the Jets number 3 added his third goal of the morning. Nick Fitzgerald played a precies ball in behind, and Hoffman had no problems in making the score 4-0.

Dimi Petratos almost made it five after 24 minutes when a ball from the right hand side sat up perfectly for the header, but at a tight angle it struck the post and bounced clear.

Two minutes later, Jason Hoffman did make it 5-0. The ball through the lines this time came from Pat Langlois, and Hoffy grabbed his fourth.

Hoffman would score yet another goal in the 33rd minute to take his tally for the morning to five goals, before Nick Fitzgerald got in on the act shortly after to make it seven.

Lachlan Jackson Jack Simmons

Australia scored two goals just before the break through some opportunistic work from Dylan Ruiz-Diaz to make the score 7-2, but Dimi struck right on the bell with a nice finish to make it 8-2 at the break.

There was a number of changes from both sides at the break as the Young Socceroos rotated their XI, and players such as Steven Ugarkovic and Matt Ridenton entered the fray for Newcastle.

It was a more determined Australia side which came out for the second half, and it took some brilliant passing for the Jets to add another – but add another they did, with Nick Fitzgerald slotting home to make it nine with ten minutes gone in the second half.

Matt Ridenton scored from a direct free kick on the edge of the penalty area shortly after to make it ten for the Jets, who signed off from their final formal hit-out of the pre-season in style.