Goals from Dimi Petratos and Patricio Rodriguez have seen Newcastle Jets past Central Coast Mariners in a 2-0 F3 Derby win at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday night.
Glen Moss – 7.5: Produced a series of vital saves, notably two off the feet of Blake Powell. Good performance and came away with a clean sheet.
Ivan Vujica – 5.5: Had his hands full with Kwabena Appiah but was not shown up on the scoresheet.
Daniel Georgievski – 6: Played an important part in the opening goal, getting up the field early and involving himself in the attack.
Nigel Boogaard – 7: A brilliant challenge on 13 minutes prevented what would have been a certain Mariners goal.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley – 7: Solid for the vast majority of the contest. Made a near costly error 50 minutes in but went unpunished. Had little to do when the Jets went a man up.
Wayne Brown – 6.5: Good through midfield and needed to be in place of Ben Kantarovski. Had his hands full with Tom Hiariej as Ugarkovic pushed on.
Steven Ugarkovic – 8: A lovely touch down the right side of the box opened the door for Petratos to score. Joey Champness’ air swing in the same sequence will see him credited with an assist. Otherwise busy through the spine.
Dimi Petratos – 7.5: Got in some good areas but was not afforded the freedom to attack with purpose, until the 82nd minute. Confidently struck home the winner with eight minutes left.
Jason Hoffman – 4.5: Was not his best night and struggled to get involved. Subbed early.
Andrew Nabbout – 4.5: Starved of genuine opportunities.
Joey Champness – 5.5: Steadily involved with some nice touches but, like his fellow forwards, struggled to forge genuine chances.
Patricio Rodriguez – 7: Very impressive off the bench, and played twice as many minutes that were expected of him. Made himself an instant hero by capitalising on a poor defensive error late.
Johnny Koutroumbis – N/A: Only brought on late to chew up time.
Central Coast Mariners
Ben Kennedy – 7: Tested mostly by aerial balls and a handful of tame efforts but was commanding of his area and swept well. Nothing he could do about either goal.
Jake McGing – 6.5: Industrious down the right again, often producing composed delivery. Improving every week.
Alan Baro – 5.5: Not a great deal he could do about either goal. Saw plenty of heat when Josh Rose was sent off.
Antony Golec – 5: Ugarkovic’s deft touch down his left beat him all ends up, rendering him helpless.
Josh Rose – 4: Got himself sent off with two yellow cards at an important time of the game, and with all substitutions used. Might have got away with it on another day but should know better as a wise head.
Tom Hiariej – 7: Superb through midfield again. Had to step up when Brama fell and was not disgraced in the defeat.
Wout Brama – N/A: Passing was of the highest quality, but, disappointingly, he was forced off before the interval with a hamstring complaint.
Andrew Hoole – 5: Very involved in the game but was unable to produce anything meaningful as the boos rung.
Kwabena Appiah – 6: Very dangerous as normal but his finishing needs to improve. Squandered two excellent chances in three first half minutes, though the second one was an improvement on the first.
Connor Pain – N/A: The injury toll worsened when he pulled up very gingerly, bursting down the left. Did not make it to half time.
Blake Powell – 7: Had no shortage of chances to cover himself in glory; admittedly, the second opportunity forced a tremendous save from Moss. Nevertheless he was a handful for the Jets defence in and around the box, and did enough to keep his spot.
Jacob Melling – 4.5: Called on earlier than he would have expected to earn his Mariners debut. Brama’s shoes are big ones to fill and Melling did a sound job until injury time, when he handed Rodriguez a goal on a silver platter.
Lachlan Wales – 5.5: Called on to replace Pain before half time. Played with freedom and assurance and enjoyed some flashes of intent.
Storm Roux – 4.5: Will not be best pleased by his rather lacking effort to halt Georgievski’s foray forward, which ultimately produced a goal.