20/04/2024
Adelaide United pulled off a heist for three points in Newcastle, as two late goals gifted the Reds three points ( Photo via Newcastle Jets/Twitter)

Adelaide United pulled off a heist for three points in Newcastle, as two late goals gifted the Reds three points. (Photo: Newcastle Jets/Twitter)

The Newcastle Jets crashed spectacularly after two late Adelaide United goals pulled off one of the all-time sporting heists.

After six weeks of inactivity, the Jets returned to action in a thrilling comeback defeat against Adelaide United, as Nestor Irankunda and Hiroshi Ibusuki netted two late goals.

Carl Veart’s side has produced one of the all-time great A-League Men comebacks, scoring those two goals in three minutes.

The Jets collapsed late on after not being in action for over six weeks. The win over comes at a perfect time for Veart and the Reds, now placed third on the ladder.

It’s the fourth time this season the Reds have pulled off a dramatic equaliser or winner, after a late goal twice against Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, and now Newcastle.

It was a lacklustre start for both sides early on, as the Jets and the Reds failed to gain a foothold in the game. The Jets piled on the chances as the game grew, but it proved to be an unproductive opening half for Arthur Papas’ team.

Greek winger Savvas Siatravanis had the best chance to score his first goal in Newcastle colours, but the 29-year-old squandered his opportunity to open the scoring with a poor touch.

Beka Mikeltadze continued his extremely impressive form and start to his 2021/22 A-League Men campaign, firing the Jets into a deserving lead by producing a brilliant volley on the 60th minute.

It was heartbreak for Newcastle Jets though, as the Reds pulled off yet another dramatic equaliser late on.

15-year-old Irankunda produced a thunder-strike from 25 yards out off a free-kick which allowed Adelaide to draw level late on.

Cue pandemonium again for the Reds as in a blink of an eye it was 2-1 to Adelaide United.

Japanese import Ibusuki headed home a dramatic winner in Adelaide fashion, as they were once again able to steal three points from the face of death away from home.

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A star in the making, Nestor Irankunda

One season ago, Irankunda was playing in NPL SA, frequently featuring in United’s reserves squad.

Fast forward to the present day and the 15-year-old has produced an out of this world free-kick to set up the comeback for the ages.

He was brought on as a late sub after making his debut for the Reds, becoming the youngest player to play for the club. The goal he netted has now also made the teenager the youngest Adelaide United goal-scorer in history.

United fans have become accustomed to records like this after the Toure brothers both had breakout seasons, with Mo Toure netting a maiden goal at 15 only a short time ago.

Jets’ double defensive lapses

For Adelaide United fans, the recent match was one to be proud of, staging a late and great comeback.

But for fans of Newcastle, another defensive collapse rubbed salt into the wounds in another game of ‘what could have been’.

Siatravanis had two excellent opportunities that he couldn’t capitalise on in the first half before Mikeltadze scored the opener, however his hard work paved the way for another dreadful defensive display.

Dynamic midfielder Angus Thurgate gave away a foul which lead to Irankunda’s delightful set-piece goal, while full-back Dane Ingham was exposed by Josh Cavallo, who provided the wonderful assist right onto the head of the 30-year old Ibusuki.

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