However credit score should go to the Jets who recovered their composure and staged a spirited second-half comeback by which they created probabilities of their very own.
Welsh coach Carl Robinson, who’s extensively tipped to succeed Ernie Merrick – sacked after the Jets copped a Four-Zero shellacking at AAMI Park earlier this month – was within the stands trying on, and he would have been fairly impressed with the dedication proven by the A-League’s backside membership even when he wouldn’t have thought fairly the identical about their ending.
Newcastle truly made the primary threatening transfer when the Jets’ Panamanian worldwide Abdiel Arroyo fed Nick Fitzgerald however the former Metropolis winger’s shot was handled by Dean Bouzanis who acquired an sooner than anticipated contact.
However from that second on, at the very least for the following half hour, Metropolis started to exert their dominance.
Erick Mombaerts’ facet had the majority of possession as they appeared to press excessive and transfer the Jets round, with Noone to the fore of all their optimistic strikes within the opening interval.
Noone acquired his first league aim of the season final week in a 2-2 draw at Suncorp Stadium and he was fast to observe up right here.
The previous Cardiff winger had a sighter within the seventh minute when he volleyed over from Adrian Luna’s cross, however he made no mistake within the eighth minute after Metropolis broke neatly from their very own penalty space after defending a Jets nook.
The ball was fed out to Maclaren on the left and the striker appeared as much as discover Noone: the large man nonetheless had loads to do, however shifted the ball to his left foot after which picked his spot, ending fantastically to the fitting of Jets keeper Lewis Italiano.
Noone was blissful to take gamers on or lay the ball off for a teammate in a harmful space whereas back-from-suspension centre-back Harrison Delbridge was spraying the ball round from defence.
It appeared as if Metropolis had been sure to stretch their lead however the Jets got here into their very own within the final 10 minutes of the opening interval.
Bouzanis needed to dive neatly to disclaim Matt Millar’s header from a Dimi Petratos nook, Fitzgerald shot large after which a Petratos drive flashed over the bar.
Lachlan Wales had a great opportunity to double Metropolis’s lead when he was arrange by Luna’s cross however was denied by a Matt Millar interception.
The second half was characterised by a very good Newcastle fightback, with Arroya main the best way.
Arroyo labored laborious, utilizing his peak and energy to offer a goal because the guests appeared to get again into the sport. He had the ball within the web within the 58th minute solely to be dominated out for offside.
However simply after the hour, Nikolai Topor-Stanley was judged by referee Jacewicz to have dealt with in a heading duel with Delbridge, and the Jets’ destiny appeared sealed.
The VAR confirmed the decision, and Maclaren stepped ahead to fit residence his 13th aim of the season to present Metropolis the two-goal buffer they wanted.
Kaine Sheppard had a golden probability to drag one again within the final 10 minutes for the Jets however shot over with simply Bouzanis to beat.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and likewise experiences on motor sport and horseracing