Match Reports

Jets extended their lead at the top of the table following a 3-1 win over South Coast Flame on Sunday night.

The Jets started strong at home and had the visitors on the back foot as they dominated the midfield in the early stages of the game.

Jets were ruthless early. A turnover inside the Jets’ box from Flame was immediately capitalised with the Jets streaming forward. The goal scorer using his pace to beat several Flame defenders as he launched towards goal. He thundered a shot into the roof of the net from the edge of the box to give the Jets the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Flame tried to play football, but the Jets forward pressure paid off when a loose pass from the back was intercepted, squared to the goal scorers who neatly tucked it past Rocco Zinatto to make it two for the Jets.

The home side kept the foot on the accelerator as they peppered the Flame goal with Zinatto coming up big for Flame between the sticks as he did his best to keep the visitors in the game.

It took Flame about half an hour to get going and after weathering the storm somewhat, they started to create a few half chances themselves. Yianni Perkatis and Jyden Harb going close for Flame whilst Genki Iwata stung the fingers of the Jets goalkeeper.

Perhaps a little against the run of play, the Jets got their third when another swift break was beautifully executed. The Jets pushed forward quickly in numbers and the goal scorer managed to thunder a shot right through Zinatto from an acute angle as the Jets showed their class in finishing and transition.

Just before the break, Perkatis pulled a goal back for Flame after he beat a defensive player and blasted a left foot drive from 28 yards into the top corner. It was a brilliant individual effort that gave Flame some hope as they went into the break now just two down.

The goal gave Flame a lift and they started to enjoy some sustained possession and pressure early in the second half.

Flame thought they further reduced the deficit as Iwata crossed for Michael Trajkovski who tapped in however, he was adjudged offside as the goal was disallowed.

Moments later, Harb appeared to be upended in the box as Flame screams for a penalty were waived away.

Neither the Jets nor Flame really troubled the goalkeepers any further in the second half despite Flame really trying hard to push for a result.

The Jets comfortably holding firm as they notched up another big scalp in their quest for automatic promotion.



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