Newcastle Jets have notched up their fourth win on the trot, defeating the North Queensland Fury 3-2 at EnergyAustralia Stadium. Newcastle Jets: 3 (Chris Tadrosse (og) '24, Jin-Hyung Song '38, Sasho Petrovski '83) North Queensland Fury: 2 (Dyron Daal '44, '61) Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium Crowd: 7,026
The Fury were unlucky not to go ahead in the 15th minute when Jeremy Brockie was played in by Jason Spagnuolo but the New Zealander's shot was well-saved by Jets keeper Neil Young. The ball was cleared by the home side but the Fury managed to work it back in where Dyron Daal turned in the area but was beaten by the upright.
The Jets were looking for four wins in a row and that achievement was made even more likely when in the 24th minute, Fury defender Chris Tadrosse was unable to clear the ball off the line and it trickled in for the opening goal of the game. Jets midfielder Jin-Hyung Song got a glancing header to the corner and the ball then deflected off another Fury defender before Tadrosse had trouble clearing his line and the deadlock was broken.
Newcastle doubled their lead in the 38th minute when Song managed to score clearly after a comedy of errors from the Fury defence. Labinot Haliti's powerful shot on the turn bought about a handy save from Justin Pasfield and he backed it up with another save when Sean Rooney attempted to knock in from close range but unfortunately for the Fury keeper, Song was on hand to finish neatly with a curling shot on the run.
The Fury were back in the game six minutes later when a mistake by the Jets defence allowed Dyron Daal to bury his chance from close range after the ball ricocheted off the shoulder of Robbie Fowler, allowing the visitors to go into the break 2-1 down.
North Queensland managed to get on level terms on the hour-mark when Daal netted his second goal with a lovely strike from just inside the area after the ball was not cleared well enough by the Jets defence.
A minute later it was almost 3-2 to the Jets when Song played a pinpoint sliding ball for Sasho Petrovski, who came on for Kaz Patafta at half-time, but after slotting the ball past Pasfield, the linesman raised the flag to signal offside and disallow the goal.
In a fairytale ending, Petrovski in his 100th A-League appearance, spun his way around Fury defender Beau Busch in the 83rd minute after some good lead-up work by Ali Abbas before finishing coolly to give the Jets the win and catapult them to third on the league table.