Jets soar to new heights via hat-trick

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - ADRIAN WAR­REN

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

O’Dono­van, who was the Mariners’ top scorer in each of his two sea­sons with the club, was booed 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-yearold Ir­ish­man had three goals in­side 38 min­utes and helped over­turn an early deficit.

“It doesn’t bother me. I’ve been around the block a few times,” O’Dono­van said. “The only thing I care about is scor­ing goals and win­ning games.”

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, who last won on Jan­uary 27.

They looked more po­tent, with O’Dono­van, new im­port Ron­ald Var­gas, Pe­tratos and An­drew Nab­bout all lively.

The Mariners scored first through new Span­ish striker As­drubal in the fifth minute.

THREAT: Dim­itri Pe­tratos.

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