First Grade | Newcastle Jets 4 – 1 South Coast Flame
Newcastle Jets defeated South Coast Flame to go third on the League Three Men’s table, as they look to utilise their games in hand to propel to the summit over the next few weeks.
After a scoreless first half, South Coast Flame opened the scoring in the 56th minute, with Fabian Iacovelli continuing his goal scoring form chipping the goalkeeper from outside the box with a deft finish.
Not long after, Newcastle showed why they are one of teams to beat. Firstly, Peter Grozos scored directly off a corner to equalise.
Blake Archbold then got a double in just a few minutes as the Jets flew away with the three points, while 15-year-old Janni Rafty got his first goal for the League Three Men’s side late in the game.
Newcastle coach Ric Marchioli was pleased with his side’s performance.
“Looking forwards, there are many more levels that these boys can hit,” he said.
“We haven’t begun to scratch the surface of what they’re capable of and we’re getting closer and closer to where we want to get to as a team in terms of style of play and application of that style of play.
“While we do that, it’s important that we’re ruthless like we were in the second half today.”
Flame on the hand will take heart that they matched it with the Novocastrians for a large portion of the game before being broken down. Flame now face Fraser Park this weekend where they hope to bounce back to winning ways.
Under 20 | Newcastle Jets 1 – 1 South Coast Flame
Flame hang on to fourth spot courtesy of a strong performance against one of the league favourites.
Flame hit the lead on 29 minutes when some great lead up work from Hasan Ayoub saw him square the ball across to Cody Waller who tapped in from close range.
The game was end end to end with Isaac Collins equalising for the Jets on 75 minutes. Neither side could find a winner in the end with the spoils shared.
This is a tough road trip and credit to the boys for what was a very credible result that with a bit more luck , could have been even better. Positive signs ahead for this group of boys.