Reds defeated by Jets at Coopers

Adelaide United has 1-0 to Newcastle Jets in Round 9 of the Isuzu UTE A-League.

The match kicked off at a sweltering 38 degrees with officials scheduling drinks breaks every 15 minutes.

The Jets found the net midway through the first half against the run of play and it proved enough to ensure the visitors collected all three points.

The blistering conditions didn’t dampen the efforts of the home side who were on top early.

On 10 minutes Craig Goodwin slipped through to Ryan Kitto who had overlapped, with the fullback racing to the by-line before crossing, only for Jordan Elsey to turn it behind for a corner.

Three minutes later, Ethan Alagich fed Hiroshi Ibusuki who drove towards the touchline and a hard pass across the face of goal, but again Elsey was there to clear off the line.

Against the run of play, Newcastle broke the deadlock thanks to a heavily deflected shot from Jaushua Sotirio.

The winger played a one-two with Kosta Grozos and took a touch in the box before firing towards goal. His shot slammed into the body of Alex Popović, completely wrong-footing Joe Gauci in the Reds goal.

United continued to carve out chances but lacked polish with the final pass.

The Reds did have a superb chance in first-half injury time when Kitto exchanged passes with Juande on the edge of the area.

Kitto cut inside and shaped to shoot before Elsey slid in to block the shot, with the ricochet an easy collect for Jack Duncan.

The heat subsided little and was still 35 degrees for the start of the second half with United beginning as they had when the match kicked off.

Goodwin whipped in a free kick from the left on the edge of the area which was met by Zach Clough but the midfielder’s glancing header went just wide.

As the clock wound down, Goodwin worked himself into a shooting position on 83 minutes, cutting inside on his right foot but his effort was easy for Duncan.

The Socceroos winger had a free kick from the edge of the area right on the stroke of fulltime, but he could only manage to lift his shot over the bar and onto the roof of the net.

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