Late equaliser denies Jets Youth

The Newcastle Jets Youth side has drawn 2-all with Gold Coast United Youth this evening at Adamstown Oval.

The Newcastle Jets Youth side has drawn 2-all with Gold Coast United Youth this evening at Adamstown Oval.

The home side took the lead twice during the match but were pegged back on each occasion by a determined Gold Coast outfit.

Striker Mirjan Pavlovic opened the scoring for the Jets in the 14th minute when he hit a powerful cross-cum-shot from a tight angle on the right that hit the crossbar and deflected in off goalkeeper Tim Anderson.

There was to be more misfortune for Anderson just prior to the half-time whistle when he was ruled to have handled a Brodie Mooy strike whilst outside of his penalty area. The send-off required Scott Higgins to take the field, with electrifying winger Golgol Mehbratu making way.

Three minutes into the second stanza, and Hyundai A-League fullback Adama Traore pushed forward down the left flank and cut inside to hit a stinging low drive into the bottom corner to level matters.

Midway through the half and Mooy would once again give Newcastle the advantage though. A superb through ball was played by Umut Tokdogan to substitute Adrian Karakolevski, who squared the ball for Mooy who scored with a 20-yard strike.

The visitors looked to have levelled the game again on 78 minutes, but Brazilian import Milson made a spectacular miss from 5-yards out with the goalmouth empty.

Heartache was to ensue with only five minutes of time remaining though when Benjamin Wearing latched onto a free-kick from just inside the Jets half, and the youngster scrambled home the late equaliser to give United a share of the spoils.

Match details: Newcastle Jets Youth: 1. Dion SHAW (gk), 2. Jon GRIFFITHS (12. Jarrad ROSS 46-), 3. Matt Sim, 4. Umut TOKDOGAN, 5. Scott BALDERSON, 6. Taylor REGAN (c), 7. Will ANGEL (13. Fabian IACOVELLI 55-), 8. Brodie MOOY, 9. Jason NAIDOVSKI (14. Adrian KARAKOLEVSKI 57-),10. Mirjan PAVLOVIC, 11. Jesse PINTO

Unused substitutes: 20. Robbie KOLAK (gk) Yellow cards: Jesse Pinto 84- Red cards: Nil

Gold Coast United Youth: 20. Tim ANDERSON (gk), 2. James BROWN, 3. Adama TRAORE (4. Neko VUJEVICH 57-), 5. Benjamin WEARING, 7. Zachary ANDERSON, 8. Steven LUSTICA (c), 9. Chris HAROLD (11. Ben HALLORAN 63-)10. Koh STAKE (6. Mitchell BEVAN 61-), 12. Golgol MEHBRATU, 14. Joshua BRILLIANTE (1. Scott HIGGINS (gk) 45-), 15. MILSON

Unused substitutes: Nil Yellow cards: James Brown 71- Red cards: Tim Anderson 44-

Newcastle Jets Youth: 2 (Pavlovic 14-, Mooy 70-) Gold Coast United Youth: 2 (Traore 48-, Wearing 85-) Referee: Stuart WOLFE