Jets soar to new heights via hat-trick
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.