Glory drag Jets back to ground
NEWCASTLE are still without a win in the A-League season after drawing 1-1 with Perth at McDonald Jones Stadium.
In a spirited showing in front of a home crowd of 8038 fans yesterday, the Jets led 1-0 and looked set for their first win of the season before Glory’s Diego Castro popped up late to dash their hopes.
Kicking the intensity up a notch, Glory defender Alex Grant was sent off in the 87th minute for his second yellow card, less than a minute after Perth had levelled the scores.
Jets star Nick Fitzgerald had two big chances in the second half to take the lead, but missed both attempts in clear space.
The hosts had all the running for most of the game, but the Glory rallied late to continue their long history of dominance over the Jets, including five wins in a row and 18 of their last 24 games.
Fans were livid when midfielder Nick Fitzgerald appeared to be pushed in the back on 22 minutes by Glory defender Grant, but the VAR ruled no penalty.
They kept the pressure on and when Glory midfielder Juande was yellow-carded following a challenge on defender Johnny Koutroumbis, momentum started to swing.
Perth’s first real chance came in the 77th minute when Socceroos striker Chris Ikonomidis hit the crossbar from the edge of the box. But not until Castro’s late goal was the game saved for Glory, who remain fifth on the ladder.
The Jets’ Jason Hoffman.