NEWCASTLE UNITED 2
ADELAIDE UNITED 0
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
A MORE constructive midfield from Newcastle United was the catalyst for the Jets 2-0 football victory over Adelaide United at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Tuesday night.
After a very even and sometimes scrappy opening 20 minutes, the Jets got on top of their opponents via the attacking excitement created by Nick Carle and the composure of Ned Zelic, playing as a defensive midfielder.
Once this pair found the ball with some time on their hands, Newcastle's combination of strikers Frederick Parisi and Lobinath Haliti caused a few headaches for not only Adelaide's back four but the linesman as well as the 11 offside calls proves.
It wasn't until the half time whistle was pending that Newcastle finally took advantage of their momentum and put a score on the board.
A deflected cross that appeared innocuous caused confusion among Adelaide's defensive group explaining how 'keeper Daniel Beltrame dropped the ball at the feet of Parisi, giving him the gift of the night.
Even though the match was nothing more than a pre-season friendly, Jets Head Coach Jean Paul de Marigny was satisfied with the way his team played and naturally the result.
"The first 20-25 minutes were very compact, very competitive," he said.
"I thought Adelaide didn't give us a lot of space and vice versa, but after that I thought we opened them up quite well and created quite a few chances in the first half and I think the boys deserved a 2-0 win."
de Marigny was also pleased with the attacking brand of football employed by Newcastle once the possession flow was in the team's favour.
"That's the football philosophy that Richard (Jets' Manager Richard Money) has, making forward runs and forward passes and so on. I thought we created a lot of chances."
Although the goal scorers were Parisi and Mitchell Thompson, player of the match without question was Nick Carle.
The diminutive midfielder was strong over the ball throughout the contest creating many opportunities with his deft passing and quick feet that caused headaches for Adelaide all evening finishing his game by creating the final goal.
"He's special, he can do some great things and the crowd loves to see him play," de Marigny said of Carle's game.
"He tries to do a bit too much at times.
"He's only young, he'll learn and once you get that out of his game, he's a very good player."
Being the funny game that football is, Adelaide had a golden opportunity to equalise against the run of play at the mid point of the second half.
Substitute striker Shengqing Qu beat Newcastle's offside trap and found himself in the coveted one-on-one contest with the 'keeper.
Qu took too long over the ball and was run down beautifully from behind by Jets' centreback Colin Deans and the chance was gone.
"We had a great opportunity with Qu and he should've finished it," said Adelaide coach John Kosmina.
"That's a game changer because at 1-1 suddenly it's a whole different ball game."
Kosmina wasn't too devastated with the loss knowing that the team wasn't firing on all cylinders during the match.
"The second half I had to make some changes because we've got a few blokes down with the flu and we lost our shape a little bit," he explained.
"We weren't as tight as we were in the first half."
NEWCASTLE UNITED JETS 2 (Frederick Parisi 43, Mitchell Thompson 80) d ADELAIDE UNITED 0. Crowd: around 600.