Van Egmond names starting XI for Wellington fixture

Gary van Egmond has named his starting XI for Saturday night’s QR National Cup fixture against Wellington Phoenix.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets head coach Gary van Egmond has named his starting XI for Saturday night-s QR National Cup fixture against Wellington Phoenix at Thomas and Coffey Park.

Mark Birighitti will start in goals behind a backline of Scott Neville, Tiago Calvano, Josh Mitchell and Craig Goodwin.

The midfield will consist of Ben Kantarovski, Jobe Wheelhouse and Mitchell Oxborrow, while Ryan Griffiths, Adam Taggart and James Brown will start in the forward line.

Ruben Zadkovich will miss the fixture due to a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He is expected to be sidelined for 10 days, but is likely to return for the Jets- trial match against the Brisbane Roar in Tamworth on September 1.

Joshua Brillante (hip flexor) and Michael Bridges (personal leave) will also miss the Wellington clash.

Dominik Ritter will make his return from injury off the bench for the Jets while Bernardo Ribeiro will be making his second appearance in the Club-s colours.

Match details: QR National Cup Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix Thomas and Coffey Park, Weston Saturday, August 18 Kick-off 5pm Entry $5 for adults, children under 16 admitted for free