Jets Youth suffer narrow defeat

Newcastle Jets Youth has been defeated 2-1 by Brisbane Roar Youth in a tightly contested National Youth League round 20 clash at Ballymore Stadium.

Newcastle Jets Youth has been defeated 2-1 by Brisbane Roar Youth in a tightly contested National Youth League round 20 clash at Ballymore Stadium.

The young Jets outfit began the brighter of the two sides, and nearly took the lead early on when Mirjan Pavlovic stormed onto the ball, a last ditch tackle saw the ball skew into the path of James Virgili who hit his first-time strike just over the bar.

Midway through the half and Pavlovic would indeed open the scoring when he powerfully headed home from a corner in the 21st minute to claim his sixth goal of the campaign.

The Jets strike force was causing havoc with the Queenslanders, and Virgili almost doubled the lead ten minutes later when he fizzed his shot just wide of the Roar goal from close range.

After the interval and the Jets would rue their missed opportunities when Tim Smits leaped highest for a Daniel Bowles cross to head past a hapless Dion Shaw to restore parity.

With nine minutes remaining until the final whistle, Smits secured his brace, and the three competition points for Brisbane, when he won possession deep inside Newcastle territory before sending the ball into the top corner.

Match Details: Brisbane Roar Youth: 1. Matt ACTON (GK), 2. Matthew BYRNE (14. Albert EDWARD 61-), 3, Alistair QUINN, 4. Michael RYAN, 5. Daniel BOWLES, 6. Calum O-CONNELL (9. Tyler THURTELL 61-), 7. Luke BRATTAN, 10. Stefan VRBESIC, 12. Ken DOUGALL, 15. Antony SCHIAVO (8. Jordan FARINA 61-), 16. Tim SMITS (OA) Substitutes not used: 20. Luke MUIR (GK) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil

Newcastle Jets Youth: 1. Dion SHAW, 2. Jon GRIFFITHS, 3. Mario SIMIC, 5. Scott BALDERSON, 6. Taylor REGAN, 7. William ANGEL (12. Matthew SIM 57-), 8. Brodie MOOY (4. Umut TOKDOGAN 61-), 9. James VIRGILI, 10. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 11. Jesse PINTO, 13. Fabian IACOVELLI (14. Jason NAIDOVSKI 57-) Substitutes not used: 20. Robbie KOLAK (GK) Yellow cards: Nil Red cards: Nil

Brisbane Roar 2 (Tim Smits 73-, 81-) Newcastle Jets 1 (Mirjan Pavlovic 21-) Referee: Matthew Skinner