Luka Jovanovic seals late victory for Adelaide over Newcastle Jets

WATCH: Jets keeper Ryan Scott comes agonizingly close to late goal in loss to Adelaide

Rising Adelaide United talent Luka Jovanovic’s late strike secured a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium, snapping Adelaide’s losing streak away from home. Jovanovic’s 80th-minute goal proved decisive as Adelaide claimed all three points. Jets goalkeeper Ryan Scott, making a rare foray forward in stoppage time, narrowly missed scoring a historic goal with a diving header.

Adelaide dominated the first half, creating numerous opportunities but failing to convert. Hiroshi Ibusuki and Nestory Irankunda both squandered chances to put the Reds in front. On the other end, Lucas Mauragis provided quality service for the Jets, leading to chances for Thomas Aquilina and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, who missed a golden opportunity.

The game burst into life in the second half with Reno Piscopo forcing a save from Adelaide’s goalkeeper. Jovanovic had a clear chance to score but narrowly missed the target. Irankunda continued to threaten but was unable to find the net until Jovanovic’s moment of brilliance broke the deadlock.

In the dying minutes, Scott’s attempt to salvage a point for Newcastle with a dramatic header fell short, leaving the Jets empty-handed. Scott rued the missed opportunity after the game, reflecting on Newcastle’s struggles to find the back of the net in recent matches. Adelaide’s victory helps them climb above Newcastle on the table, leaving the Jets in ninth place.

With Adelaide back to winning ways on the road, their focus shifts to building on this momentum. Meanwhile, Newcastle will seek to address their scoring woes as they look to secure positive results in their upcoming fixtures. The A-League action continues to deliver thrills and surprises as teams battle for crucial points in the pursuit of their season objectives.

Denis Hardin

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