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Adelaide United have continued their run of scoring form to earn their first win of the A-League season.
Newcastle started very brightly with a pair of chances in the first 10 minutes narrowly going begging. Eventually the deadlock was broken in the 37th minute when a Matt Millar long throw found the chest of Abdiel Arroyo who turned and volleyed it home from close range.
The score at the break was Newcastle 1, Adelaide 0. Though it very well could have been more given the chances Newcastle had created.
Adelaide made a pair of substitutions and a tactical shift at half time and within four minutes they had equalised. James Troisi took the ball to the by-line almost uncontested before cutting it back across for Riley McGree.
Ten minutes later McGree had his second goal. This time hanging a corner up in the wind and watching it get blown into the far post.
Adelaide then – visibly feeling the effects of three games in six days – sat themselves behind the ball and clung on.
Newcastle had several half chances, mostly through Nigel Boogaard at corners, but Adelaide were able to hang on.
Next weekend sees the bye come at the best possible time for Adelaide. While Newcastle will play Sydney on Friday night.
Newcastle Jets 1
Adelaide United 2
Newcastle Jets’ first home game of the season sees them face off against Adelaide United in the Hunter. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5pm (AEDT).
Newcastle started their season with a 1-1 draw against F3 rivals Central Coast after a Dimi Petratos penalty was saved, then re-taken and converted in controversial VAR circumstances.
Adelaide have had two games in the last week, both against Melbourne City. Adelaide elected to rest players for the first match carrying the minimum four players on the bench.
That match ended in a 2-1 loss, where Riley McGree scored a late goal after a quick Jamie Maclaren double in the first half.
The second match was the FFA Cup final, where Adelaide defeated City 4-0 in emphatic fashion. McGree scored again, with Al Hassan Toure, Nikola Mileusnic and Ben Halloran joining him on the score sheet.
Newcastle regain goalkeeper Lewis Italiano from suspension and long-serving midfielder Ben Kantarovski from injury. While Jack Simmons comes into the extended squad. Third choice keeper Noah James is the only player to come out of the long squad.
Adelaide meanwhile have made mass recalls after their short squad played in Melbourne. Ryan Strain returns from suspension, Ben Halloran returns after missing the first match against City with illness, while George Blackwood, Pacifique Nyongabire, Mirko Boland and possible club debutant James Troisi are all promoted into the squad.
Young defender Yared Abetew comes out of the squad after injuring his ankle on debut.
Adelaide are either going to ride the wave of their FFA Cup win into their first A-League win of the season, or be feeling the effects of the effort and celebrations from the FFA Cup win.
Let’s go with the latter, with McGree to keep up his scoring streak.
Newcastle 2 – 1 Adelaide
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Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
When: Saturday, 26th October, 5pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, Kayo Sports, ABC TV
1.Glen Moss (gk), 2.Bobby Burns, 3.Jason Hoffman, 4.Nigel Boogaard (c), 5.Ben Kantarovski, 6.Steven Ugarkovic, 9.Abdiel Arroyo, 10.Dimi Petratos, 11.Nick Fitzgerald, 16.Matt Millar, 18.Johnny Koutroumbis, 19.Kosta Petratos, 20.Lewis Italiano (gk), 22.Lachlan Jackson, 23.Matt Ridenton, 25.Jack Simmons, 28.Pat Langlois, 31.Maki Petratos, 32.Angus Thurgate, 44.Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
2.Michael Marrone, 4.Ryan Strain, 5.Michaël Maria, 6.Vince Lia, 7.Ryan Kitto, 8.Riley McGree, 10.James Troisi, 11.Kristian Opseth, 14.George Blackwood, 16.Nathan Konstandopoulos, 17.Nikola Mileusnic, 18.Lachlan Brook, 20.Paul Izzo (gk), 22.Michael Jakobsen (c), 24.Pacifique Niyongabire, 26.Ben Halloran, 27.Louis D’Arrigo, 30.Isaac Richards (gk), 31.Mirko Boland, 35.Al Hassan Toure
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones