Jets fly high over Roar
THE Newcastle Jets has moved within two points of the A-League top six after upsetting the Brisbane Roar 1-0 at Suncorp Stadium.
NEWCASTLE JETS 1 (Wheelhouse '23)
BRISBANE ROAR 0
Jobe Wheelhouse's first-half goal was enough to give the visiting Jets its first victory on the road and keeps the Roar firmly stuck in a battle for second position on the ladder, a massive 11 points behind runaway leader the Central Coast Mariners.
Both teams came out of the tunnel looking to take an early advantage in the slick conditions, and the visitors almost had it in the tenth minute.
However, Roar 'keeper Michael Theoklitos acrobatically parried away Francis Jeffers fizzing shot and the danger was gone.
Despite the early scare, the Roar was beginning to implement its trademark passing game, where possession and control is paramount.
But the Newcastle Jets shocked the home fans when it took the lead on the 23rd minute, Wheelhouse expertly finishing after a quick Jets' free kick.
Roar midfielder Massimo Murdocca gave away the foul just outside the Roar's penalty area and Wheelhouse traded short passes with Ben Kantarovski before slipping the ball under Theoklitos.
Looking to hit back before the half-time break, the Roar searched hard for the space and time to find the equaliser.
But the Jets' defence was up to the task of tracking the mazy runs of Thomas Broich, Henrique and the young Nick Fitgerald.
The second-half started with a flurry of chances, but neither the Jets' Ryan Griffiths or Henrique could trouble the score-line.
But the Roar's little winger was beginning to worry the Jets' defenders, almost coming to the rescue had the ball not found his knee and ballooned over the crossbar.
Both coaches made double substitutions midway through the half, and it was almost instant success for the Roar as Mitch Nichols just missed after being played in by new man Luke Brattan.
The Roar attacked in waves as the final minutes slipped by, but the Jets held on for a victory which keeps the Novocastrians in the hunt for a finals spot.