City edges Jets, ends loss streak
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.