– Picture by Ryan OslandTHE Newcastle Jets’ horror run on the road continued tonight after they lost 2-0 to arch-rivals the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium.
Leading into the second F3 derby of the season the Jets had not secured three points away from Ausgrid Stadium since beating the now-defunct North Queensland Fury in Townsville in January.
The match lacked the spite of previous derbies, but produced a free-flowing and attractive opening 20 minutes.
Striker Labinot Haliti had a goal disallowed in the third minute for offside and that was as close the Jets came to troubling the score attendant.
In the 25th minute the Novocastrians’ hopes of breaking the drought away from home slumped when Mariners midfielder Rostyn Griffiths headed home a Michael McGlinchey corner at the near post.
Backed by a home crowd of 10,643, teen sensations Mustafa Amini and Bernie Ibini then pulled the strings for the Mariners to create a goal for Matt Simon 14 minutes after the break.
The Jets were unable to mount a comeback in the second half and failed to produce any major goal-scoring opportunities as the home side continued to dominate.
Newcastle-born Mariners striker Daniel McBreen replaced Amini in the 78th minute and nearly scored twice in extra time, only to be denied by Jets goalkeeper Matt Nash and then the crossbar.