John Aloisi made six changes to the team that lost to Wellington, slipping his Heart team to last place, with the most surprising being in goal with Clint Bolton dropped in favor of Andrew Redmayne making his Heart debut.
Melbourne Heart got off to the perfect start in the sixth minute when Matt Thompson took advantage of a poor clearance and sent the ball to Josip Tadic who ran through the Newcastle defense and set up Gol Gol Mebrahtu who slotted home under the keeper.
Melbourne Heart looked to press high and that caught the Jets out but still the hosts couldn’t capitalize with Newcastle having the next chance, a dangerous Zadkovich cross that was punched clear by Redmayne.
Ten minutes later Newcastle were level as Michael Marrone headed down for Emile Heskey who played Ryan Griffiths through only for Redmayne to bring down the striker who then dusted himself off to score the penalty.
Eight minutes later the roles were reversed as Mark Birighitti dropped the ball under pressure at Jonathan Germano’s feet and reached out his arm and pulled down Germano for which he should have been sent off but was spared by referee Chris Beath who only showed Birighitti a yellow card before Tadic hit the penalty in to the roof of the net for a 2-1 lead that would hold until half-time.
It was a frantic start to the first half and Fred thought he’d extended the hosts lead only to see his goal, correctly, disallowed for being offside.
Newcastle were the better side through the second half but a strong shoring from Redmayne, determined to stay in the side kept them out as Melbourne Heart held on for the victory.