Bridges: Goal icing on the cake

The Jets win will be one to remember for striker Michael Bridges who scored his first goal since coming out of retirement.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets 3-0 win over Melbourne Heart will be one to remember for striker Michael Bridges who scored his first goal since coming out of retirement earlier in the season.

What made the goal even more special for Bridges was the fact that he scored it in front of his home crowd.

“It was a great relief for me, the most important thing is that we got the three points for our Members and supporters who turned out in dubious weather to watch us play,” Bridges explained.

“Just to get the goal was the icing on the cake, after retiring last year I didn-t think this was ever going to happen again, to get the duck off my back has been absolutely brilliant and I am delighted.

“It was a big thing for Dutchy (van Egmond) to give me a spot and I thank everyone who played a part from the back room staff to the fitness guys.

“It has been very hard work to get here and even harder work to stay at this level and I am loving every moment of it which is credit to everyone at this football club for giving me a chance.”

Only moments after scoring his goal, Bridges had the crowd at their feet again after shooting the ball perfectly towards the goal but a double was not to be with Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton deflecting the ball before it could find the back of the net.

“Bolton made a great save, we are full of confidence at the moment and are shooting them from anywhere, I couldn-t have caught it any sweeter and I give credit to him for that one,” he said.