Jets and Phoenix spark up Monday afternoon

In Monday afternoon A-League action, the Newcastle Jets have come from a goal down to hit the front then be denied victory by the Wellington Phoenix with a late penalty.

In Monday afternoon A-League action, the Newcastle Jets have come from a goal down to hit the front then be denied victory by the Wellington Phoenix with a late penalty.

A scoreless first half saw a frenzy of second half action and it opened up in the 53rd minute when Vaughn Coveny used his experience to entice Jets defender Daniel Piorkowksi into a lunge in the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a spot kick and Phoenix front man Shane Smeltz duly netted.

Almost immediately, the Jets kicked into gear and in a bid to get the crowd on its feet, Ecuadorian striker Edmundo Zura attempted a stunning bicycle that went just inches wide of the upright.

This paved the way for the home side and just five minutes later, Tarek Elrich showed his much talked about potential with a brilliant goal from outside the area that gave the Phoenix goalkeeper no chance.

Under ten minutes later, the Jets hit the lead when a dangerous long ball was played in allowing Zura to flick on a glancing header into the path of Kaz Patafta who easily scored with an open goal.

Just when it seemed that Newcastle would take all three points, Leilei Gao forced his way in to the box with just minutes remaining before being unfairly challenged by Matt Thompson, giving the Phoenix a second penalty and Smeltz a second goal. This time he cannoned the ball into the roof of the net, ensuring the Phoenix a point away from home.

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