Report: Six unbeaten as Jets down Reds

Six unbeaten, two wins in a row, and a shot at the finals still very much alive.

Sunday night’s trip to Adelaide was hampered from before kick-off, with both Abdiel Arroyo and Bernie Ibini ruled out through injury at the eleventh hour.

That meant that Wes Hoolahan came into the starting XI for the first time in the Hyundai A-League, and the first time in any competition since that FFA Cup clash with Adelaide United back in September where he picked up the ankle injury.

A touch of class throughout an at times slow first half, Hoolahan looked slick as he played as picked up space in the pockets operating as a second 10 alongside Dimi Petratos.

It was another playmaker though, Dimi Petratos, who rekindled his romance with O’Donovan to put the Irishman’s third goal in as many games on a platter with a wicked cross across the face in the 41st minute.

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A goal to the good at the break, the Jets made it two and doubled the lead through an unlikely source.

Matt Millar took advantage of a high Adelaide line by lurking off the shoulder of the last man, and when the experience of Nigel Boogaard saw the space in behind a pinpoint ball over the top was forthcoming.

Millar showed the calmness of a striker to hold off his man and dink his shot over an onrushing Paul Izzo to bag his fourth of the campaign.

With wind in the sails, the Jets made it three just moments later with what was a slick passage of play. Bobby Burns charged down the left-hand side and somehow managed to get his cross off from the left, under immense pressure from an Adelaide defender.

Steven Ugarkovic had busted a gut to get into the box for the cross, and his header from more than 15 yards out rocketed into the back of the net to make it three.

A debut to Joe Ledley and second ever Hyundai A-League appearance for Maki Petratos, as well as a squandered one-on-one opportunity from Millar, marked the remainder of the match.