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Slick Jets down Roar in A-League

By Marc Fox 20/11/2005 10:10:14 PM Comments (0)

Newcastle Jets have continued their fine form away from home with a deserved 1-0 win over Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium.

Despite a bright opening spell for the hosts, Newcastle wrested the initiative from the Roar with a well-worked goal for midfielder Matthew Thompson midway through the first-half.

And even in the face of some intense pressure in the second period, the Jets hung on to extend their unbeaten run to six matches and maintain a healthy position in the top four.

For the Queenslanders, the first half followed a pattern similar to recent home matches - plenty of possession in midfield without managing to create meaningful goalscoring opportunities.

The Roar's best chance fell to Michael Baird, the striker having his close-range shot blocked by Newcastle's Paul Kohler after a threaded through ball from Massimo Murdocca.

But Queensland too often failed to test visiting goalkeeper Liam Reddy in the opening stages and slowly let the Jets into proceedings.

They first handed Thompson a sight of goal after 28 minutes which the midfielder drilled into Tom Willis' right-hand post.

Then, seven minutes later, Thompson made a porous home defence pay for more slopping marking.

Willis reacted quickly to Nick Carle's snapshot - after the talented playmaker had evaded man-marker Todd Gava - but could do nothing to keep out Thompson's follow-up.

Queensland poured forward after half-time with second-half substitute Osvaldo Carro's close-range headed effort rubbed out for a marginal offside on 78 minutes.

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