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May 08

Newcastle Jets turn to experienced Ernie Merrick to fill vacant coach post

  • Merrick takes over at club following sacking of Mark Jones last month
  • Hugely experienced coach has 241 A-League games under his belt

Ernie Merrick has been confirmed as coach of the Newcastle Jets for the next two A-League seasons. The Scot had been a frontrunner for the Jets role since Mark Jones was sacked last month, one year into a two-year deal.

The 64-year-old will join the Jets as one of the A-League’s most experienced and decorated coaches. During 241 A-League games, Merrick won the 2007 and 2009 titles with A-League heavyweights Melbourne Victory.

Related: Sydney FC breathe sigh of relief as season of domination is justly rewarded | Sam Perry

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Apr 16

Newcastle Jets parts ways with Mark Jones after club fails to avoid wooden spoon

Announcement made after 2-0 defeat to Sydney FCAssistant coach Clayton Zane to oversee training in the coming weeks Mark Jones has parted ways with the battling A-League club the Newcastle Jets.The club announced on Sunday that Jones, who was appointed…

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Apr 15

Sydney FC break A-League points record to win Premier’s Plate

  • Sydney FC beat Newcastle 2-0 at Allianz Stadium
  • Adelaide FC and Western Sydney Wanderers drew 2-2 at Coopers Stadium

A-League premiers Sydney FC amassed the greatest points tally in the competition’s history after a final-round 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. But it has come at a cost to the Sky Blues, after goal scorer and standout Milos Ninkovic limped off the Allianz Stadium pitch after a sliding tackle by Ben Kantarovski.

Ninkovic’s 56th-minute goal and skipper Alex Brosque’s 87th-minute effort took Sydney to 66 points from 27 games, one point more than the previous mark of 65 set by Ange Postecoglou’s brilliant 2010-11 Brisbane side over a 30-game season.

Related: David Squires on … the introduction of video assistant referees

Related: World first as video assistant referee called into action in Wellington and Sydney FC stalemate

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Apr 09

Jets on brink of collecting A-League wooden spoon after derby defeat to Mariners

Central Coast Mariners beat Newcastle Jets 2-0 in GosfordNick Montgomery screamer and Fabio Ferreira effort settles F3 derbyCentral Coast took the upper hand in the fight to avoid the wooden spoon, dismantling Newcastle 2-0 to consign the sorry Jets to…

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Apr 01

In-form Wanderers cruise to victory over sorry Jets

  • Newcastle Jets 0-3 Western Sydney Wanderers

Two goals from skipper Robbie Cornthwaite have helped put Western Sydney Wanderers in sight of guaranteed finals football with a 3-0 win over Newcastle. The Jets created the better chances in the first half of Saturday’s round 25 A-League game at McDonald Jones Stadium before the Wanderers made the most of theirs in the 40th and 42nd minutes.

Related: A-League: Adelaide and Perth draw after controversial Castro penalty

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Mar 26

A-League: Sydney FC celebrate Premiers’ Plate with win over Perth

  • Sydney FC 3-0 Perth Glory at nib Stadium
  • Wellington Phoenix 5-0 Newcastle Jets at Westpac Stadium

Sydney FC have celebrated winning the A-League Premiers’ Plate in style with a decisive 3-0 victory over Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Sunday. An own goal on 38 minutes from Glory debutant Lucian Goian, Brandon O’Neill’s sweet strike three minutes later and a Bobo goal in the 63rd minute sealed an 18th win of the campaign for Sydney.

Having secured the first-past-the-post title after Brisbane Roar defeated Melbourne Victory on Saturday night, the Sky Blues are now an astonishing 14 points clear at the top of the table. Their total of 59 points is a record for a 27-round A-League season. With three rounds remaining before the finals, Sydney could break Roar’s record for a 30-round campaign of 65 points.

Related: Roar’s wonder goal sinks Victory and hands Premiers Plate to Sydney FC

Related: David Squires on … the fiery ending to Adelaide’s encounter with Brisbane

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Mar 05

Melbourne City hold on in frantic finish to keep Central Coast at bay

  • Central Coast Mariners 2-3 Melbourne City
  • Newcastle Jets 1-3 Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City climbed into third place after surviving a frenetic 3-2 A-League thriller against 10-man Central Coast, thanks to some luck and Paul Izzo’s goalkeeping implosion.

A Bruno Fornaroli brace, own-goals and goalkeeping howlers were the order of the day as Mariners captain Nick Montgomery and young City defender Ruon Tongyik both found the wrong net, before Izzo’s 62nd-minute red card and the subsequent penalty finished City’s job for them.

Related: Further frustration for Wanderers in stalemate with struggling Adelaide

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Feb 26

Jets miss out on A-League top six after F3 derby stalemate with Mariners

  • Newcastle Jets 1-1 Central Coast Mariners
  • Jets two points off Wanderers in sixth; Mariners four off finals berth

Central Coast came from behind to draw 1-1 with Newcastle, denying the Jets a return to the A-League’s top six and a first home F3 derby win in 1,590 days.

Aleksandr Kokko scored his maiden A-League goal to put the hosts ahead early but Scott Galloway made them pay for a sloppy start to the second half at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

Related: Banned Western Sydney fans are ‘juvenile idiots’, says Ange Postecoglou

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Feb 17

A-League: Adelaide United too good for Newcastle Jets in heated encounter

Adelaide United 1-0 Newcastle Jets at Coopers StadiumMarcelo Carrusca scores winner before heated melee in AdelaideA spirited Adelaide United ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium on Friday night, thanks in no smal…

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Feb 13

Melbourne Victory hopes hit by goalless stalemate at Newcastle Jets

  • Newcastle Jets 0-0 Melbourne Victory
  • Draw leaves Victory 11 points behind A-League leaders Sydney FC

The Hunter is again an unhappy hunting ground for Melbourne Victory, whose Premiers’ Plate ambitions have all but dissolved after a stalemate with Newcastle left them 11 points adrift of leaders Sydney FC.

The Jets reaped no reward from their dominant display at McDonald Jones Stadium on Monday night, but took a point to lift them back into the top six and in the hunt for a first finals berth in seven seasons.

Related: A-League is providing the thrills, but FFA’s inertia is cause for serious concern

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Feb 04

Victory seal controversial comeback win in Melbourne derby

Besart Berisha propelled Melbourne Victory to an A-League derby comeback for the ages, coming from a goal behind to defeat Melbourne City 2-1 in the dying stages. Amid high drama on Saturday, Tim Cahill was sent off for dissent without making it onto the pitch as Victory jumped off the canvas with six minutes remaining.

City appeared to be heading for a win when Neil Kilkenny scored the first goal of his Australian career to put them ahead after 70 minutes. But Berisha – who had threatened to be the night’s villain after having a penalty saved brilliantly by Dean Bouzanis – put Victory on terms from Marco Rojas’ cut-back.

Related: Sydney FC undefeated from 18 A-League starts after Brisbane draw

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Jan 27

Andrew Nabbout’s A-League double helps Jets past Melbourne City

  • Newcastle Jets 2-1 Melbourne City at Coffs Harbour
  • Livewire Andrew Habbout nets twice as Jets move inside top six

Newcastle livewire Andrew Nabbout has continued his A-League purple patch, scoring twice to dismantle Melbourne City 2-1 and lift the Jets back into the top six. A flat City were caught on the break either side of halftime in Coffs Harbour on Friday night as Nabbout delivered a finishing masterclass to notch his first brace since bursting on the scene in 2012 with Melbourne Victory.

Although the 24-year-old winger conceded a controversial penalty converted by Bruno Fornaroli to give the visitors hope, Michael Valkanis’ side slumped to another loss on the road to flounder six points behind Victory ahead of next week’s final Melbourne derby.

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Jan 22

Lachlan Scott opens A-League account in Wanderers’ win over Newcastle

  • Western Sydney seal first home win of season, after going winless for six games
  • Scott and Jaushua Sotirio on scoresheet in 2-0 win

Teenage striker Lachlan Scott has finally got the monkey off his – and Western Sydney’s – back, scoring his maiden A-League goal to help the Wanderers to their first home win of the season.

Scott’s first-half strike and Jaushua Sotirio’s 68th-minute effort sealed a much-needed 2-0 triumph over mid-table rivals Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday. The result was a long time coming for Tony Popovic’s stuttering squad, winless in their past six games, with just 15 points from 15 rounds and needing a win to stay in touch with the top six.

Related: David Squires on … fan behaviour at the Sydney derby

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Jan 15

Newcastle and Perth share points in entertaining A-League encounter

  • Newcastle Jets 2-2 Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium
  • Perth captain Rostyn Griffiths dismissed late on

Newcastle and Perth remain in the A-League’s top six after playing out a neck-and-neck 2-2 draw marred by a controversial late red card to Glory captain Rostyn Griffiths.

The Jets came from behind to lead 2-1 at half-time via a contentious penalty and quick counter-attack, before Perth equalised after the break at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday.

Related: Besart Berisha has red card rescinded, free to play against Wellington

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Jan 07

James Troisi stars as in-form Melbourne Victory overcome Adelaide United

Adelaide United 0-2 Melbourne VictoryBrisbane Roar 2-3 Newcastle JetsMelbourne Victory chalked up their fifth win on the trot with a clinical 2-0 defeat of Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.James Troisi starred for the visitors with a goal and an assi…

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Jan 02

Busy transfer window in store as Jets look for A-League finals push

  • Melbourne Victory 4-2 Newcastle Jets
  • Coach Mark Jones signals plenty of mid-season transfer activity

Newcastle Jets are planning to trade their way into the A-League finals, with coach Mark Jones confirming the club will be active participants in the transfer window.

But there could be player losses to come during January’s open market, as rival clubs eye the Jets’ top talent.

Related: Record-breaker Besart Berisha plays like his life depends on it, because it does | JP Howcroft

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Dec 16

A-League: Newcastle Jets 2-1 Adelaide United – as it happened

  • Newcastle Jets 2-1 Adelaide United at McDonald Jones Stadium
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Where to start with that one? Hats off to Newcastle for battling right to the end. They’re in the top six now after back-to-back wins and, who knows, with confidence building and quality players returning from injury, they might well stay up there.

But it was an analysis-defying performance from Adelaide. Did someone hear a whistle at the 90-minute mark and figure the game was over? They just seemed to clock off. The Reds dominated possession, had several clear chances and towards the end had Newcastle on the ropes – yet they got what they deserved purely for that bizarre final three minutes.

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Unsurprisingly, that’s it. Newcastle have won it with almost the last kick of the game. Duncan at the other end of the pitch looks like a very relieved man.

10.48am GMT

90+4 mins: And that IS the winner! Nordstrand nicks it in injury time, making no mistake where his two teammates failed just moments earlier.

10.46am GMT

90+3 mins: No… THAT should have been the winner! Hoole goes clean through but hits the outside of the post. How did he miss?

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90+2 mins: That should have been the winner! Brown in a one-on-one with the keeper but it’s a poor effort straight at the shotstopper.

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90+1 mins: Mileusnic comes on for Cirio as Adelaide make a last roll of the dice/eat up more time.

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89 mins: Late corner for the Jets. Leilei flicks it in but a good punch from Galekovic clears the danger. The Jets keep the pressure up but Boogaard commits a cynical foul just as the Reds are looking to break away and that’s that.

10.41am GMT

87 mins: Not long to go, and a share of the spoils would probably be about right. Leilei comes on for Nabbout – who deservedly gets a big round of applause. He’s been the best player on the pitch.

10.39am GMT

85 mins: Like new year fireworks in the rain, this game is starting to fizzle out. Adelaide look the more likely to nick it – especially as Duncan is clearly rattled by that error. If I was Amor, I’d be telling his team to pepper the goal from all angles.

10.37am GMT

82 mins: Adelaide look a lot more confident since that slice of luck to get them back in the game. Is that the moment when they get their old magic back and charge back up the table? Probably not, but it’s definitely lifted them.

10.33am GMT

81 mins: Hoffman with a free header at the back post, but the angle is too fine and he can only find the sidenetting. It was a definite chance though, he might have been put off by his own man (Brown) lurking behind him.

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80 mins: Ugarkovic with a glancing header from distance but it’s too high and Galekovic watches it sail over the bar. Is there another goal in this game? It feels like it, although it’s tough to say who’s more likely to nick it.

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78 mins: Kitto comes on for Guardiola as Adelaide finally make that change.

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77 mins: That goal has changed the whole complexion of the game, there’s a little bit of nervousness creeping into the Jets defence.

10.29am GMT

75 mins: Some of the fire has gone out of the game, though that might be an intentional ploy by Adelaide who are passing it around with a little bit more confidence now.

10.28am GMT

73 mins: The Duncan howler is currently on repeat on my Twitter feed. It get worse with every viewing.

10.24am GMT

70 mins: The Jets on the attack at the other end, winning a couple of corners as they look to hit straight back. There’s a bit of a scramble from the second one but Adelaide get away with it.

10.22am GMT

68 mins: Dear oh dear. A howler from Duncan. What should have been an easily dealt with free-kick from Isaias is curled in straight to the keeper’s chest – but instead of catching it, he goes for the punch and it flies off the bottom of his fist, hits the deck, then bounces into the roof of the net. Adelaide have had enough chances to say they deserve that.

10.20am GMT

66 mins: Adelaide pushing and probing for an opening. A great ball through finds Henrique and Hall nicks the back of the legs juuuust before he reaches the box. Free-kick on the left for Adelaide.

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64 mins: Time for Adelaide to change things up. The subs are warming up. Henrique again very close to going clean through from a curling Carrusca pass – but he controls it with his arm.

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61 mins: The Jets whip a free-kick into the box – but the referee blows for a bit of push and shove and Adelaide are off the hook. The pace has slowed down again, though chances are still coming. Boogaard makes a fantastic block to deny Guardiola at the back post. It didn’t look pretty but the ball was bouncing at an awakward height and he didn’t have many options under pressure.

10.10am GMT

58 mins: The substitute almost makes an instant impact – catching the defence flatfooted (most of them looking to the linesman for help), then cracking a shot on the edge of the box straight at the keeper.

10.09am GMT

57 mins: Nordstrand on for Clut as Newcastle make the first change of the game.

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55 mins: Carrusca slices one wide for Adelaide. The Jets still look the more likely to score but Adelaide have had more than enough chances to get off the mark. Newcastle win a corner and Mullen just manages to punch it to safety under pressure.

10.06am GMT

52 mins: Terrible miss from Hoole. So bad it made me chuckle. The Jets man charges into the box full of intent but the final ball slices off the side of his boot and flails wide to the relief of Galekovic.

10.02am GMT

49 mins: Another Jets free-kick after a failed Adelaide counter-attack. They play it short, and pass it all the way back to Duncan… who takes a nervous touch before passing it out wide. They don’t do defensive passing quite as fluently as Adelaide.

10.01am GMT

47 mins: The Jets still doing all the running, looking more urgent to get it up the pitch. Hoole pounces on an error and sets Brown free. He can’t get a decent shot away but he still wins a corner.

9.58am GMT

Peeeeep! And we’re back. Adelaide with the kick-off and – surprise, surprise – they’re happy to play it around the back four. That possession counter keeps ticking higher and higher – but the scoreline stays the same.

9.47am GMT

Right now, I’d say the chances of Adelaide claiming back-to-back titles are about as realistic as this.

9.45am GMT

It has been pretty blatant. The Jets would have been clean through a couple of times if not for a some cynical trips on the halfway line.

9.43am GMT

The whistle blows and the Jets jog off with their heads up. You can tell which team is winning from body language alone. Catch you in 15 mins.

9.41am GMT

45 mins: Henrique is cutting a frustrated figure as he gives away an offside. A couple of inches and he would have been clean through. That could be their last chance of the half.

9.40am GMT

43 mins: A little bit of possession from Adelaide goes to waste when Henrique catches Brown with a stretched leg. The free-kick finds Hoole on the right (again sunning himself in miles of space) but he can’t find the target. Poor shot really, but under pressure.

9.38am GMT

41 mins: Half-time looming and the Jets are looking reasonably comfortable. Adelaide are giving them acres of space in the middle of the pitch, very little pressing from the midfielders.

9.35am GMT

39 mins: Duncan is almost caught out after taking a poor first touch. His second touch, under pressure, could have gone anywhere – luckily it goes straight to the boots of Boogaard, who kicks it out. Safety first. Again.

9.33am GMT

37 mins: Boogaard with a great sliding tackle to deny Henriques. He’s already made a big difference for the Jets. No nonsense, simple stuff – but he does it well.

9.32am GMT

35 mins: Adelaide look like they’ve had the stuffing knocked out of them. Clut with a glancing header but it barely troubles Galekovic. The Jets have opened them up far too often.

9.28am GMT

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31 mins: Adelaide were carved open like a turkey at Christmas. That’s happened far too often this season and is the reason they’re in the predicament they’re in. All the more galling is it was somewhat against the run of play.

9.26am GMT

29 mins: Nabbout with the opener… although he took his sweet time. Clut is slotted through and times his ball to Nabbout perfectly just as the defender commits himself. It leaves Nabbout with a one-on-one with the keeper – and he takes an age to get it under control before picking his spot and passing it into the net. The recovering defender very nearly saved the day for Adelaide.

9.23am GMT

27 mins: The Jets trying to get back into it now, although their passing is not quite as fluid as Adelaide. Hoffman ends up in the book after an, admittedly unintentional, studs-up challenge following a poor first touch.

9.21am GMT

24 mins: Adelaide have had two thirds of the possession in the last 10 minutes. Hardly a siege but in this weather it only takes one mistake under pressure to open the door. The tempo seems to have settled a little since that opening 20 minutes, Adelaide putting their foot on the ball and knocking it around… until La Rocca cuts down Clut and gives away a free-kick.

9.18am GMT

22 mins: It’s chucking it down out there – and Adelaide are raining crosses into the box. McGowan jumps to connect with a deep free-kick – but he leaps suspiciously high and is penalised for climbing up Boogaard’s back. Jets holding on a little bit.

9.16am GMT

20 mins: Another corner for Adelaide, Carrusca whips it in but a solid defensive head clears it way outside the box. When it’s pumped back in, Guardiola is clearly offside and the whistle blows.

9.14am GMT

17 mins: Henrique under pressure in a race to get to the ball first but his deflected shot crawls inches wide as Duncan watches on helplessly. From the corner, they hit the post with a free header. Adelaide starting to get on top with a spell of pressure.

9.10am GMT

15 mins: The Jets seem intent on whipping balls into the box, but they just aren’t quite connecting with the forwards. Nabbout is the danger man so far. Meanwhile Adelaide are still lurking with intent, still a subdued version of their title-winning selves though.

9.07am GMT

12 mins: It’s been a pretty open game so far, the Jets edging it. Nabbout breaks through on the left after timing his run to perfection – but his delivery into the box isn’t quite so perfect, curling the ball tamely into the keeper’s hands. Not his usual standard.

9.05am GMT

10 mins: Holland is furious – John Tomic furious – after a 50-50 collision with Carrusca. The Adelaide man seemed to go over the top of the ball. The ref gives the free-kick the other way and the resulting shot whistles past the post.

9.03am GMT

7 mins: Bit better from Adelaide, Elrich and Carrusca both denied by swinging defensive legs in and around the Jets area – then Boogaard puts his foot through it. Safety first.

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5 mins: More danger from the Jets with crosses into the box but Adelaide just about escape, somehow. If the Jets could finish they’d be dangerous.

8.59am GMT

3 mins: OOooo! Duncan gets a fingertip to the ball to poke it onto the post and deny Cirio an early goal. The subsequent corner fails to beat the first man and the Jets escape. Early action at both ends.

8.58am GMT

2 mins: Elrich gets his head on the cross before it can reach Hoffman at the back stick. No real danger.

8.57am GMT

Peeeeeep! And we’re off. Newcastle making most of the early running, in pretty safe areas as far as Adelaide are concerned. But the Jets have an early free-kick from about 35 yards out.

8.55am GMT

8.54am GMT

Poor Friday night weather and a clashing schedule with the carols in King Edward Park means it could be a fairly silent night in the stands. That was seriously the best pun I could come up with. The teams are out now anyway, kick-off imminent.

8.49am GMT

Did anyone else feel that an excellent performance by the Jets last week was drowned out by the noise of pundits frantically wringing their hands over what was wrong with Perth? I’ve been as guilty as anyone of writing off the Jets this season – but they could have won by more and Mark Jones’ post-match comments regarding the return of Daniel Mullen, Nigel Boogaard, Andrew Nabbout et al gave me pause for thought…

It’s not rocket science. You take five or six starting players out of any team in the world, and the team’s going to struggle. If we keep playing the same way [we did against Perth], it would be nice to sneak into the six.

8.46am GMT

If Adelaide do manage to turn things around and fight their way back up the A-League ladder, it will be even more remarkable this year seeing as they’ve just been given the draw from – well, maybe not hell but a suburb within commuting range of the hell CBD – in the Asian Champions League. Of course, a win against Jeonbuk Motors or Jiangsu Suning could also regalvanise their season. So let’s raise that half-full glass to Adelaide on their ACL quest.

Related: Tough draws for A-League sides in Asian Champions League group stage | John Duerden

8.44am GMT

Team News
Newcastle Jets: Duncan, Mullen, Hoffman, Boogaard, Ugarkovic, Hoole, Poljak, Brown, Vujica, Nabbout, Clut. Subs: Cowburn, Ma, Nordstrand, Koutrambis, Clark

Adelaide Utd: Galekovic, La Rocca, McGowan, Garuccio, Elrich, Carrusca, Isiais, Holland, Cirio, Henrique, Guardiola. Subs: Regan, Mells, Hall, Mileusnic, Kitto

8.37am GMT

A little reminder of what happened the first time these two met back in October. It’s worth a look just to watch the hapless comedy of errors that led to United’s equaliser – Jack Duncan pulling off a perfect slide tackle against his own defender to set up the goal for (heyyyy) Makarounas. Marvellous stuff.

8.28am GMT

Evening everyone, thanks for joining me for tonight’s clash between two teams eager to get past the burly bloke manning the door to the top six, but struggling to remember which pocket they put their finals credentials in. Not that Gui Amor has any qualms about manhandling authority figures.

And while the top six might seem a little bit of a stretch for a couple of clubs who were propping up the rest of the table recently, stranger things have happened… like this time last season when Adelaide were in the same position, went on what the experts call a “stonking run”, and ended up winning the whole shebang. Not that there’s been much evidence of a similar revival for the Reds this year.

11.55pm GMT

Richard will be with you shortly. In the meantime, check out the latest A-League cartoon from our genius in residence, David Squires.

Related: David Squires on … booing Tim Cahill and Santa’s A-League naughty list

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Dec 11

Perth Glory searching for answers after shock defeat to Newcastle Jets

  • Perth Glory 1-2 Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium
  • Kenny Lowe laments ‘off night’ after his side booed off at half-time

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says he is at a loss to explain his team’s woeful display against Newcastle, but he hasn’t given up hope of turning the club’s fortunes around.

Glory slipped further behind in the A-League title race after suffering a shock 2-1 loss to the lowly Jets at nib Stadium on Saturday night. The result ended Perth’s 10-match unbeaten run at home, and leaves them five points adrift of third spot heading into a daunting clash with ladder leaders Sydney.

Related: Besart Berisha puts Wanderers to the sword, new Nix era starts brightly

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Dec 04

A-League champs Adelaide finally breakthrough, Sydney FC sink Jets

  • Adelaide United 2-0 Wellington Phoenix
  • Newcastle Jets 0-2 Sydney FC

Adelaide United recruit Henrique scored two screamers as the Reds climbed from the bottom of the A-League table with a 2-0 win against Wellington.

Henrique’s double came in a 15-minute span in Sunday’s first half as Adelaide banked a breakthrough first win of the season.

Related: City-Roar war of words spreads to pitch in ill-tempered A-League clash

Related: Kenny Lowe praises ‘courageous’ Perth Glory in Victory mismatch

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Nov 26

Adelaide hold Sydney FC, Victory move to A-League second spot

Sydney FC 0-0 Adelaide UnitedMelbourne Victory 2-0 Newcastle JetsA below-par Sydney FC have escaped a first A-League defeat but dropped another two points in an uninspiring goalless draw with Adelaide United.The Sky Blues spurned the chance to go nine …

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