Melbourne Heart may have been on a hot-streak lately but their form away from Melbourne still hasn’t been fully repaired as they fell to a 1-0 loss to Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It was a physical match, with both sides being prevented from playing the way they’d really have liked to have played due to the over exuberance of their opponents.
Melbourne Heart could well have opened the scoring very early on as Mate Dugandzic crossed in for Iain Ramsay who headed off target from six yards out.
A set-piece gave Newcastle the chance to respond as Craig Goodwin hit the effort from the edge of the area but was denied as Andrew Redmayne came out and killed the chance.
In the 10th minute Heart went inches away from opening the scoring as Mate Dugandzic’s cross caught out Mark Birighitti, allowing Jonatan Germano to hit an overhead that hit the post before being cleared by Kew Jaliens.
After an exciting opening, the match really faded with the next chance not coming until the 20th minute as Craig Goodwin found Emile Heskey with a good cross but he sent his header wide.
That would really be it for the scoring chances in the first half as the sides went in to the break scoreless.
Three minutes in to the half Heart could have taken the lead as Birighitti’s fumble saw the ball fall for David Williams, who couldn’t take advantage as his effort was sent over the bar from close range.
That miss came back to haunt Heart in the 53rd minute as Josh Brilliante got around Aziz Behich and squared for Adam Taggart, who continued his run of scoring, netting with a simple half-volley.
In the 67th minute Taggart nearly had his brace, as he hit a powerful effort from the edge of the area that was well saved by Redmayne.
The Jets were on top, but were struggling to finish the chances they created, and that allowed Heart to come in as the Jets started to tire late on.
In stoppage time Melbourne Heart nearly stole a draw as Patrick Kisnorbo headed a ball down for Ramsay but his effort was sent wide, allowing the Jets to hold on for the win.