O’Dono­van brings Jets into land

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

NEW­CAS­TLE striker Roy O’Dono­van bagged a first-half A-League hat-trick to help the Jets thrash his for­mer club Cen­tral Coast 5-1 in Gos­ford.

O’Dono­van, who was the Mariners’ top scorer in each of his two sea­sons with the club, was booed yes­ter­day by some of the home fans. But the jeers were soon over­whelmed by the cheers of the away sup­port­ers, in the crowd of 12,044, as the 32-year-old Ir­ish­man had three goals on the board in­side 38 min­utes as he helped over­turn an early deficit.

O’Dono­van also sup­plied the pass that set up sub­sti­tute Joseph Champ­ness for the Jets’ fourth goal in the 81st minute and Dimi Pe­tratos struck a spec­tac­u­lar fifth in the 90th.

It was a first win in 11 ALeague games for 2016-17 last­placed New­cas­tle, which last won on Jan­uary 27.

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