Glory drag Jets back to ground

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

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.

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