OUTTA MY WAY: Adelaide’s Bruce Djite tackles Newcastle’s Benjamin Kantarovski at Coopers Stadium yesterday.
OUTTA MY WAY: Adelaide’s Bruce Djite tackles Newcastle’s Benjamin Kantarovski at Coopers Stadium yesterday. Morne De Klerkgetty Images

Adelaide downs Jets in breakthrough victory

ADELAIDE United broke its hoodoo against Newcastle at Coopers Stadium yesterday thanks to a brilliant goal to Bruce Djite, winning 1-0.

Going into the game, the Jets were unbeaten in four visits to the South Australian capital, and the Reds had won just once in eight games against their opponents.

But the hosts continued their impressive recent run of form with a strong first half, in a spiteful encounter that included a handful of yellow cards being shown.

Djite scored his goal in the 26th minute thanks to an outstanding counter-attacking raid.

Following a Jets corner, Osama Malik found Sergio Cirio, who produced a slick turn and run before opening up Jeronimo Neumann.

Neumann's cross was a good one, before Djite nailed home the loose ball.

Cirio was a constant menace down the left flank to the Jets' defence before being substituted late in the game.

Late in the game was also when Jets superstar Emile Heskey came on, back from injury, and he looked threatening at times.

The big Englishman latched onto a cross in the 92nd minute, but it went straight to Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, as the hosts hung on for a much-needed win.

The Reds' Marcelo Carrusca was a casualty of the physical encounter, taken off late with a suspected groin strain, after Taylor Regan earlier crashed into him with a suspect challenge.


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