Report: Jets share points with Wellington


It was a big clash for both sides with a spot in the top six not quite on the line, but at the forefront of the thinking of both the Jets and Wellington.

Ronald Vargas opened the scoring against the run of play to get the near-7500 Jets fans present excited, before David Williams equalised shortly into the second half.

Despite a plethora of chances for both sides though, some superb goalkeeping ensured that just the two goals would go in and that the eight-point gap between the Phoenix in sixth and Newcastle in seventh was maintained.

It was a lively start to proceedings, with Phoenix going close early through Mandi and Louis Fenton.

Working their way into the play, the Jets built down the wings with the likes of Petratos and Jason Hoffman peppering the penalty box with balls which were just evading the men in the middle.

In game 200 and with his heart on his sleeve, Jason Hoffman was one of three Jets players to receive tough-looking yellow cards in a match which was bubbling along nicely.

Glen Moss

The Jets broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Vargas slotted his fourth of the season. The solo effort saw Vargas draw four Phoenix defenders in, beat the lot and beat Oliver Sail at the near post.

Phoenix equalised in the 58th minute after their patience and pressure got the better of the Newcastle defence. The breakthrough came via David Williams, who placed the ball into the bottom left corner after getting to an average ball into the area first.

Not disheartened, Newcastle found numerous opportunities with attacks coming thick and fast. Phoenix shot-stopper, Oliver Sail, who won the man of the match award, pulled off a string of superb saves and was able to withstand the onslaught, with some help from the woodwork.

Late controversy saw Ben Kantarovski penalised inside the area, but Glen Moss capped what had been an absolutely superb night between the sticks to save Roy Krishna’s effort from 12 yards out.

Both teams threw everything into the final 10 minutes to claim all three points, but neither could find the breakthrough.