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Del Piero, Heskey open accounts as Newcastle Jets edge Sydney FC

A-League's two big signings, Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey, both opened their goalscoring accounts for their new clubs on Saturday.

Former Juventus great Del Piero levelled for Sydney FC with a sublime curling free-kick in the 26th minute to cancel out Ryan Griffiths' opener for Newcastle Jets in the eventual 3-2 win for the latter at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

35,419 fans came out to see the Italian maestro and he didn't disappoint by netting his first A-League goal in fine fashion but the fixture's other attraction, ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa Heskey, was not to be discounted.

Griffiths was the architect this time, cutting back for the ex-England international to slot home in the 41st minute to give the Jets the lead prior to the break for his debut effort in his new environment.

Newcastle youngster Craig Goodwin put his side ahead just after the half-hour mark before Sydney pulled one back through their young gun Blake Powell.

Heskey was replaced by fellow Englishman Michael Bridges in the 77th minute whilst Del Piero managed a full 90 minutes.

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