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Key Events

Goal
Goal
Yellow 2nd/RC
77'
V. Lia
Isaías
74'
T. Elrich
J. Absalonsen
Goal
Goal
64'
A. Thurgate
R. Vargas
63'
R. Kitto
N. Mileusnic
Goal
57'
W. Brown
S. Ugarković
46'
N. Cowburn
J. Champness
Goal
34'
D. Georgievski
Yellow Card
16'
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
Goal
Kick Off
3
0
3
1

Stats

Possession
% %
8
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 5
Total Passes 393 463

Commentary

FULL TIME - ADELAIDE 5-2 NEWCASTLE: Brilliant performance by Kurz's Reds against an understrength Reds. Adelaide look to be a different unit with Absalonsen and Cavusevic. The Jets need to get bodies back before finals.
90' + 4' Rodriguez gets space for a shot but it's a tame effort and Izzo catches.
90' + 1' Elrich tries a Tarek special with curl into the top corner but it's well over the bar.
90' + 1' Five goals in this second half. Very entertaining. 
90' + 1' There is five minutes of added on time.
Goal
89' GOAL NEWCASTLE - Kantarovski stubs the ball in from a few yards and the Jets get a consolation goal. A brace for the defensive midfielder.
89' McGree tries to squeeze the shot in at the near post but Izzo is alert to block the effort.
87' This Jets performance just shows what can happen when you take a few good players away from a team.
87' The game has been reduced to walking pace. 
83' Adelaide want more blood. The Jets just want to get on the plane home.
81' The free kick is swung on to Jackson's head, whose effort bounces into Izzo's arms without much stress.
81' Regan brings down McGree just outside the penalty area near the byline and it's a free kick.
Goal
79' GOAL ADELAIDE - Cavusevic scores his first A-League goal, driving home from the penalty spot after Kitto's cut back. The Jets need the final whistle to come quickly.
Yellow 2nd/RC
78' RED CARD - Jason Hoffman is given his marching orders with a second yellow card. It was definitely a fair decision. This could get uglier.
V. Lia
Isaías
Adelaide United
77' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Captain Isaias comes off for Vince Lia.
76' Garuccio plays in another lovely low ball from the left and Kitto nearly gets there to poke home. Adelaide looking for more blood.
T. Elrich
J. Absalonsen
Adelaide United
74' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Tarek Elrich comes on to a standing ovation for his match in nearly a year since an ACL injury. Absalonsen comes off for a well-earned rest.
74' As soon as Merrick tried to open up his team to win the game, Adelaide have picked them off twice. Exactly what Marco Kurz wanted.
Goal
71' GOAL ADELAIDE - Absalonsen volleys home a stunning strike from the cross. Wow, what a goal. The ball was floated to the back post and he absolutely lashed it home. Brilliant. Game over. Adelaide 4-1 Newcastle.
69' This game has sprung to life after a lull to open the half.
Goal
68' GOAL ADELAIDE - Kitto springs the Jets defensive line, strides in on goal and places a low shot underneath Duncan. Close to game over now. Adelaide 3-1 Newcastle.
A. Thurgate
R. Vargas
Newcastle Jets
64' SUBSTITUTION NEWCASTLE - Merrick makes his last change by taking off the returning Vargas for Angus Thurgate.
64' Newcastle have a bit of momentum now. Dangerous period for Adelaide.
R. Kitto
N. Mileusnic
Adelaide United
63' SUBSTITUTION ADELAIDE - Speedster Mileusnic is withdrawn for fellow winger Ryan Kitto.
63' VAR clears the goal and the Jets are back in the game.
Goal
62' GOAL NEWCASTLE - Topor-Stanley heads the corner toward goal and it works its way through the bodies and into the net. The ball actually nicked off Kantarovski. Jets back in the game. Adelaide 2-1 Newcastle.
W. Brown
S. Ugarković
Newcastle Jets
57' SUBSTITUTION NEWCASTLE - Wayne Brown replaces Ugarkovic, who has had an extremely poor game by his usual standards.
56' Garuccio plays in a lovely looping ball, Mileusnic tries to loft the header over Duncan but the Jets keeper works back to catch.
54' The Reds defence fail to clear a cross and Regan belts it clear for a corner.
53' The intensity seems to be gone from this game. Adelaide are just sitting back absorbing pressure.
52' McGree drives a free kick over the bar from outside the box. 
49' The Jets seem to have more attacking intent this half. This is going to leave plenty of spaces at the back for Adelaide to drive into.
N. Cowburn
J. Champness
Newcastle Jets
46' SUBSTITUTION NEWCASTLE - The ineffective Champness is replaced by Nick Cowburn. There will be a reshuffle.
46' Absalonsen drills in a low cross and Cavusevic throws a right boot at the ball and it deflects over the bar. It's all Adelaide again.
46' Mileusnic springs down the right and gets to the byline but can't find a teammate with the pass.
45' SECOND HALF - Adelaide has kicked the ball off and the second period is underway
HALF TIME - ADELAIDE 2-0 NEWCASTLE: It's been a dominant performance by the Reds with Adlung grabbing a brace. Merrick needs to make alterations to his inexperienced team otherwise the scoreline could get worse.
45' + 1' Well deserved lead for Adelaide and brace for Adlung. It was a great free kick into the danger zone.
45' + 1' There is one minute of added on time.
Goal
45' GOAL ADELAIDE - Adlung swings in the free kick from the left channel and it bounces all the way into the net. Cavusevic was close to making contact. His presence meant Duncan couldn't alter his course.
43' Jackson swings his foot at a volley from 30 yards and it balloons high and wide. That might be the Jets first shot. Or close to it.
42' Rodriguez drives at the Reds defence, plays a great one-two with McGree but eventually runs into a defender. Finally some good enterprise from the away side.
41' Absalonsen tries to flick a header at goal from Garuccio's cross but he makes weak contact and it bounces into Duncan's arms.
38' McGree and Champness have a disagreement out on the field after an attack fails. The Jets aren't functioning too well. Not sure what changes Merrick can make, Has a lot of players out.
36' Mileusnic goes around Georgievski at the byline but Jackson comes across to clear.
D. Georgievski
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
34' YELLOW CARD - Georgievski is given a yellow ticket for hacking down Mileusnic. It's his seventh booking of the season. One away from suspension.
34' The Jets have a promising attack down the left but Rodriguez dwells on the ball too long and Marrone gets back to win the ball.
32' Absalonsen was just caught offside but the Jets defensive line is all over the shop. Not promising.
31' Garuccio bends the corner in, Regan gets to it first but his header is weak and straight into the arms of Duncan.
29' Cavusevic can't bring the ball down in the area. It falls to Konstandopoulos, who slams a low shot wide of the left post. He snatched at it a little bit. Great play by Adelaide again.
28' Vargas lifts the ball over the top of the defence for Champness, but Regan's body work helps shepherd the ball out. 
27' Adelaide have complete control of this game. The Jets can't get any momentum.
24' Hoffman make a terrific challenge to stop Garuccio charging through the box. Had to time it well otherwise he would have conceded a penalty.
23' The Jets look quite rudderless at the moment. There is no Petratos, Nabbout and O'Donovan. Champness, McGree, Rodriguez and Vargas aren't linking well together.
20' Vargas is limping. Hopefully it's only a minor issue.
18' Absalonsen exploited the space behind Hoffman expertly after Ugarkovic's giveaway. The Dane's pinpoint cut-back was clinically side-footed home by Adlung. Cavusevic did well to leave the pass to his German teammate and not interfere.
17' Ugarkovic has given the ball away twice in midfield already - one costing the goal. Very unlike the usually reliable midfielder.
J. Hoffman
Yellow Card
Newcastle Jets
16' YELLOW CARD - Jets full-back Jason Hoffman goes into the book for snapping at the heels of his opponent.
Goal
15' GOAL ADELAIDE - Adlung sweeps home Absalonsen's lovely cut-back after Ugarkovic gives away the ball in midfield. Adelaide 1-0 Newcastle.
12' Absalonsen has a snapshot from the edge of the box but his low effort is well wide of the keeper's right post.
11' Cavusevic wins a throw for Adelaide near the corner. The Slovenian is a hard-working striker.
10' Champness is pulled up for a foul when he won the ball. Quite unlucky. 
9' Hairy moment for the Jets in the box after Jackson's mistake but Topor-Stanley butters up.
8' Garuccio takes the free kick but it's high and well over the bar.
7' Adelaide's turn for a free kick just outside the area. Cavusevic draws the foul. Adlung standing over the ball...
6' CROSSBAR! Vargas goes over the wall with a superb free kick and it thunders off the crossbar and out for a goal kick. So close to his first A-League goal.
5' Champness is fouled just outside the box. Vargas to shoot for goal...
4' Just also saw Ronnie Vargas putting in a crunching challenge. His season looked done for after the broken leg. Now he is back fighting, A great story.
2' Absalonsen robs the ball off Ugarkovic and wins a throw. It's great to see the Reds winger back from injury and starting again.
1' Cavusevic is played through by Isaias but the flag goes up. That was a tight call. Jets playing a high line.
1' FIRST HALF - Newcastle have kicked the ball off and we are underway.
Join me for kickoff in a few minutes...
The Jets are in second place on the A-League table - five points behind a stuttering Sydney FC - while Adelaide are fifth and only hold a two-point advantage over seventh-placed Brisbane Roar.
None of the last nine meetings between these two teams has been decided by more than one goal.
TEAMS - Newcastle Jets (4-2-3-1): Duncan; Georgievski, Jackson, Topor-Stanley, Hoffman; Ugarkovic, Kantarovski; Rodriguez, Vargas, McGree; Champness. SUBS - Moss, Thurgate, Cowburn, Brown, Vujica.
TEAMS - Adelaide United (4-2-3-1): Izzo; Garuccio, Elsey, Regan, Marrone; Konstandopoulos, Isaias; Absalonsen, Adlung, Mileusnic; Cavusevic. SUBS - Margush, Elrich, Lia, Kitto, Blackwood.
Newcastle have been the best team in the A-League over the last four matches, gathering 10 points, while Adelaide have only picked up two points.
Welcome to Coopers Stadium for tonight's match between Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.
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