However credit score should go to the Jets who recovered their composure and staged a spirited second-half comeback during which they created probabilities of their very own.
Welsh coach Carl Robinson, who’s broadly tipped to succeed Ernie Merrick – sacked after the Jets copped a Four-Zero shellacking at AAMI Park earlier this month – was within the stands wanting 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 really 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 obtained an sooner than anticipated contact.
However from that second on, not less than for the following half hour, Metropolis started to exert their dominance.
Erick Mombaerts’ aspect had the majority of possession as they appeared to press excessive and transfer the Jets round, with Noone to the fore of all their constructive strikes within the opening interval.
Noone obtained his first league objective of the season final week in a 2-2 draw at Suncorp Stadium and he was fast to comply with 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 broad man nonetheless had a lot to do, however shifted the ball to his left foot after which picked his spot, ending fantastically to the appropriate 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 broad after which a Petratos drive flashed over the bar.
Lachlan Wales had a superb opportunity to double Metropolis’s lead when he was arrange by Luna’s move however was denied by a Matt Millar interception.
The second half was characterised by a superb Newcastle fightback, with Arroya main the way in which.
Arroyo labored onerous, utilizing his top and power to supply 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 objective of the season to offer Metropolis the two-goal buffer they wanted.
Kaine Sheppard had a golden likelihood to tug 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 studies on motor sport and horseracing