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All the action from the round 15 A-League match between Melbourne Heart and Newcastle Jets from AAMI Stadium, Melbourne on January 17th 2014
All the action from the round 15 A-League match between Melbourne Heart and Newcastle Jets from AAMI Stadium, Melbourne on January 17th 2014
Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Melbourne Heart have avoided becoming the first A-League team to go 20 matches without a win as they humiliated Newcastle 3-1 at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

Melbourne Heart players celebrate a Mate Dugandzic goal
Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The win marks Melbourne Heart's first in 20 matches, avoiding going a full year without a win, and leaves them level with New Zealand Knights' 19 match winless record.

Newcastle Jets were missing six players, with four out due to international duty and another two thanks to injury but were surely not worried about taking on Heart.

Melbourne Heart were finally able to Orlando Engelaar to their bench after he finally recovered from his injury, while Harry Kewell continued to get a start.

Heart still struggled in the early going, showing why they're in the position they are with their best chance being half chances from distance.

Despite that Melbourne Heart were still clearly the better side, so it was a shock, and seemed to be exactly how things would go for this Heart side, when the Jets hit the lead.

It was poor defense from Heart that allowed the goal, in the 37th minute, as Taylor Regan was left completely unmarked on a corner, to head home the opener.

The temperatures cooled after the goal as the rain poured down making it harder for both teams to keep possession of the ball but stopping the exhaustion.

Right before half time Melbourne Heart got back to level terms as Kewell headed down for Iain Ramsay who was able to shoot taking a deflection off of Kew Jaliens on the way in.

Then in stoppage time Heart hit the lead Aziz Behich sent a ball back for Mate Dugandzic who was left unmarked, allowing him to head past Mark Birighitti for a 2-1 lead at the break.

Both teams struggled to get started in the second half as they couldn't retain possession, but there was an exciting moment as Engelaar finally made his debut in the 67th minute.

In the 69th minute Heart took firm control of the match as they took a two goal lead when Ramsay sent Dugandzic clean through behind the Newcastle defense, allowing Dugandzic a simple finish.

Almost instantly Dugandzic had a chance to complete his hat-trick as he was played through again, only for Birighitti to come through and smother the ball.

Late on Michael Mifsud could have added a fourth as Kewell's cross found the Malta international but sent his effort agonizingly wide.

That was the end if the agony for Heart though as they finally got a win, their first since beating Sydney FC in February 2013, continuing the Jets' slide while reviving hopes of Heart avoiding the wooden spoon.

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