Newcastle Jets have romped to a season opening win with a 5-1 hammering of the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.
Central Coast Mariners
Thomas Glover – 4: Made a stunning save to deny Boogaard in the first half, in an otherwise forgettable debut despite not being at fault for any of the goals.
Jake McGing – 5: Involved in an interesting duel with Nabbout – one which he came out second best in. However, he did show signs of promise.
Alan Baro – 5.5: Provided composure on the ball, but conceding five is a bad day at the office for a defender. Picked up a booking late.
Antony Golec – 5: Failed to track the run of O’Donovan for the Jets’ second goal in the first half but was otherwise well beaten.
Josh Rose – 5.5: Pushed forward to support the attack when necessary and provided adequate defensive cover.
Tom Hiariej – 7: A stand out debut, controlling the tempo of the game. Could well be one of the signings of the season.
Wout Brama – 6: Not a standout performance from the Dutchman, but was cool on the ball when needed.
Daniel De Silva – 6.5: Showed his class with several neat touches in close. His partnership with Asdrúbal will be interesting to watch over the season.
Connor Pain – 3: Saw very little of the ball throughout the match, and when he did get it he failed to make any sort of impact.
Asdrúbal – 6: Got his first goal for his new club after just five minutes after the ball deflected off his thigh. As the tide of the game turned his opportunities became few and far between.
Kwabena Appiah-Kubi – 6: Looked as if he could break the game open with his pace at any moment but unfortunately for him he lacked end product at crucial times.
Trent Buhagiar – 5: Failed to make a big impact off the bench.
Liam Rose – N/A: Not enough time to make an impact.
Josh Bingham – N/A: Introduced in the 77th minute.
Jack Duncan – 6: Largely untested for large parts of the match, and was hapless for the game’s opening goal.
Daniel Georgievski – 6.5: Stemmed the influence of his former Melbourne Victory teammate Pain, while providing the necessary threat going forward.
Nigel Boogaard – 6.5: Defended with desperation like any leader should, showcasing why he was named captain at the beginning of the season.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley – 6: A solid return to the A-League for the veteran defender who will be a positive acquisition for the Jets.
Ivan Vujica – 6.5: Held his own throughout against the pace of Appiah and Buhagiar, coming out on top in both duels.
Ben Kantarovski – 6: Set the tone of the match with a stinging tackle inside 15 seconds, in an otherwise solid performance in the middle of the park.
Steven Ugarkovic – 6: Provided the necessary protection for his back four in a commendable performance.
Ronald Vargas – 7: After a slow start, Vargas’ quality began to shine with several impressive forays forward. A player who will excite throughout the season. Withdrawn on the hour mark.
Dimitri Petratos – 7: Provided plenty of energy throughout the 90 minutes, in a dangerous looking attack. Put the icing on the cake with his side’s fifth in injury time.
Roy O’Donovan – 10: The perfect response against his former side with a first half hat-trick before setting young Champness on his way for his debut goal before grabbing another assist for Petratos’ goal.
Andrew Nabbout – 7.5: Grabbed two assists with perfectly placed balls for Roy O’Donovan in the first half in a well-rounded performance.
Wayne Brown – 6: Provided composure after being introduced.
Joe Champness – 6.5: The perfect impact off the bench with a debut goal, while he demonstrated some clever touches.
Nick Cowburn – N/A: Introduced in the 86th minute.