Review: Melbourne City 4, Newcastle Jets 0

Newcastle Jets suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Melbourne City on Saturday evening.

THE SUMMARY:
Newcastle Jets were dealt a comprehensive 4-0 defeat by Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Saturday night, the home side showing too much class and control for the Novocastrians in the Victorian capital.

A first half goal by former Jet Kew Jaliens plus second half strikes by Harry Novillo, David Williams and Iain Ramsay did the damage for the hosts as they earned a place back in the Hyundai A-League’s top six.

The Jets remain bottom of the competition ladder and will need to improve their form when they tackle ninth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers away from home next round.

Enver Alivodić provided the strongest attacking threat for the Jets throughout the game – his 51st minute strike after turning Aaron Mooy in the box whisked past Tando Velaphi’s right post and was as close as Newcastle came to scoring on what was a disappointing night for the Club.

THE SCOREBOARD:
Melbourne City 4 (Jaliens 18’, Novillo 47’, Williams 63’, Ramsay 88’)
Newcastle Jets 0
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Referee: Peter Green
Attendance: 5,867

THE GOALS:
18’ > 1-0. Former Jets skipper Jaliens gave Melbourne City the lead 18 minutes into the game when he lashed a shot beyond Newcastle custodian Ben Kennedy from close range. As Mooy swung in a dangerous corner, the Jets defence was too loose and Jaliens snuck in unmarked to fire past his former teammate from six yards.

47’ > 2-0. Two minutes after the interval Melbourne City doubled their advantage. Daniel Mullen was robbed of possession in the box before the Jets defence retreated to try and thwart the opportunity for the home side. It looked as if the Jets may have done enough when Robert Koren’s shot was blocked, but the ball broke to Novillo who fired past Kennedy. 

63’ > 3-0. The points were sealed for City just after the hour mark when Koren played a precise pass to Williams. On replay the former North Queensland Fury man may have been slightly offside, but nevertheless his first time effort flew beyond Kennedy and into the back of the net as City went three goals up.

88’ > 4-0. City added further gloss to the scoreboard late in the game when Mooy collected possession in midfield, dribbled forward then found substitute attacker Ramsay. Ramsay’s crisp angled effort found the back of the net to round out the scoring. 

THE TEAMS:
Newcastle Jets FC: 2. Scott NEVILLE, 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Enver ALIVODIĆ, 8. Zenon CARAVELLA, 11. Andrew HOOLE, 16. Jacob PEPPER (25. Brandon LUNDY 73’), 19. Mitch COOPER (12. Sam GALLAGHER 47’), 20. Ben KENNEDY (Gk) (C), 21. Daniel MULLEN, 22. LEE Ki-je, 27. Radovan PAVICEVIĆ (13. Edson MONTANO 64’)
Substitutes not used: 18. Allan WELSH, 30. John SOLARI (Gk)
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

Melbourne City FC: 6. Aaron MOOY, 9. Harry NOVILLO, 10. Robert KOREN, 13. Jonatan GERMANO (8. Massimo MURDOCCA 73’), 16. Josh KENNEDY (15. David WILLIAMS 54’), 18. Paulo RETRE, 20. Tando VELAPHI (Gk), 22. Jack CLISBY, 23. Mate DUGANDZIC (7. Iain RAMSAY 82’), 24.Patrick KISNORBO, 27. Kew JALIENS
Substitutes not used: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (Gk), 5. Erik PAARTALU
Yellow cards: Nil
Red cards: Nil

THE NEXT MATCH:
Newcastle Jets face Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium on Saturday 21 March. Kick-off is 5:00pm.