Newcastle Jets Narrow Gap At Top

Newcastle Jets narrowed the gap at the top of the Hyundai A-League to eight points, after a gutsy win over competition leaders Sydney FC in Round 22 at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

The Jets were down to 10-men in the 14th minute after Roy O’Donovan was sent off for punching Jordy Buijs in the face, after an altercation while contesting the ball.

Despite recieving their first red card of the season, the Jets played with heart and pride, eventually takin the lead.

The goal came from a penalty after Buijs who was on the wrong side of the referee this time, brought down Nikolai Topor-Stanley in the penalty area. Dimitri Petratos stepped up and planted the ball past Andrew Redmayne.

Sydney levelled just after the break after rose to head home a wonderful Buijs free-kick for the Brazilian golden boot leader’s 22nd goal this season.

The Sky Blues scored the winner 5 minutes later after Nabbout barrelled in another stunner from distance.

After the match “home-grown Newcastle boy” Ben Kantarovski agreed the win against Sydney was one of his most memorable moments at the club and praised the increased crowd support and coach Ernie Merrick, who with two championships to his name with the Victory, in 2007 and 2009, knows how to win.

“I think the way we’ve been playing – upbeat, positive football, it’s come as no secret,” Kantarovski said.

“Ernie talks about it week in, week out. We’re here to entertain, so that’s what we strive to do every training session.

“I think you can see that in the way we play our football. That’s a credit to Ernie’s philosophy and the way he wants to play his football.

“I think we’re hard to break down in defence but we’re also there, not to play pretty football, but be attractive and bring in the crowds like we’ve been doing.”