City edges Jets, ends loss streak

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

MANNY Mus­cat has struck late to end Mel­bourne City’s three-game los­ing streak and leave New­cas­tle ru­ing missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in a 2-1 de­feat at McDon­ald Jones Sta­dium.

Mus­cat, pro­moted to the start­ing side, scored with a pow­er­ful right-foot strike from a goal mouth scram­ble in the 86th minute in a game the sec­ond-placed Jets dom­i­nated in rain-af­fected con­di­tions.

The Round 9 win last night lifted third-placed City to 16 points, one be­hind New­cas­tle.

Back-up City glove­man Dean Bouza­nis was a late callup to the start­ing side after Eu­gene Galekovic was in­jured in the warm-up and he kept the visi­tors in the game early.

Joey Champ­ness, Steve Ugarkovic, and Ja­son Hoff­man forced Bouza­nis into saves as the Jets’ in-form at­tack pep­pered City in the open­ing 20 min­utes.

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