Jet Ryan Griffiths is challenged by Golgol Mebrahtu, of Launceston-bound Gold Coast United, in yesterday’s match.NEWCASTLE – The Newcastle Jets broke their four-game A-League winless streak with a narrow 3-2 victory over Gold Coast United at home yesterday.
A Jeremy Brockie brace and a late strike from substitute Labinot Haliti ensured the three points for the hosts who temporarily climb to sixth spot on the ladder while Ben Halloran and Adama Traore got a goal each for Gold Coast.
Gold Coast came bursting out of the blocks looking to get on the board early and it didn’t take long for the side to create their first chance when a Halloran header got the best of keeper Ben Kennedy but was denied by the woodwork with only a minute on the clock.
The Jets found their groove half-way through the opening stanza and began to create some chances.
Brockie had the hosts’ first real chance 25 minutes in when he found himself one-on-one with Gold Coast gloveman Jerrad Tyson, his shot lacking power and easily saved.
Brockie was again in the mix this time playing the ball back to stand-in skipper Ryan Griffiths, Kristian Rees saving the day for the visitors.
Brockie finally broke the deadlock in the dying minutes of the opening half when defender Nicolai Topor Stanley made a run forward, his cross finding Brockie in the box who headed home at the near post.
The Jets could have put the game beyond doubt only minutes into the second half, when Brockie cut the ball back to Griffiths right in front of goal, whose shot stung Tyson’s palms.
Halloran tried to equalise for Gold Coast minutes later, the keeper halting his effort. But it was Brockie who scored next in the 64th minute netting his sixth goal of the season.
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