Roy O’Donovan helped the Newcastle Jets to a 5-1 victory over his former team Central Coast Mariners, scoring a hat-trick on Saturday at Gosford.
The 32-year-old was the Mariners’ top scorer in each of his two seasons with the club, scoring 11 last season to help them to a total of 33 and was clearly public enemy number one during this F3 Derby.
Fans waved banners depicting him as a snake and his every touch of the ball was met with boos from the crowd. O’Donovan was of course expecting this having jumped ship and it wasn’t long before he was giving them something to be frustrated and angry about.
However, it was the Mariners that opened the scoring in the 6th minute through Hiariej, leaving the majority of the 12,044 crowd daring to dream that their team was back.
That illusion was quickly crushed after O’Donovan equalised 4 minutes later. His first interaction wearing the Jets jersey was to cut in from the left, invite contact from Baro and hit the deck theatrically. He then smashed the ball high to the left of Glover to open his account against his former club!
By the 28th minute the Irish man had doubled the Jets lead and 10 minutes later scored a hat-trick as he glanced a header beyond Glover into the corner to end the exciting first half with the Jets on top.
The Mariners started the second half with plenty of possession but after a while the pace slowed a little. O’Donovan then had an assist to Joe Champness’ 81st minute goal on his debut appearance.
But that wasn’t the end of the Jets scoring prowess as in the dying moments of the game Petratos arrows a bullet across his body and across the diving Glover into the far corner from 12 yards out to end the game 5-1.