Player Ratings as Jets make the Mariners wait for finals in stunning derby win
The Newcastle Jets have stunned arch-rivals the Central Coast Mariners in the latest edition of the F3 Derby, halting Alen Stajcic's side from confirming a finals spot in the process.
Below are our player ratings for both sides from the 2-0 win.
Central Coast Mariners
Mark Birighitti - 6
Absolutely stunning release from his hands to send Ureña in behind that unfortunately came to nothing in the first half. Couldn't do anything about the opening goal with O'Donovan's finish, as it was passed him before he knew it.
Stefan Nigro - 4
The right-back made a handful of poor decisions on the ball in the first half and was completely caught out of position as Mauragis got in behind down his side to make it 2-0. Being dragged at halftime summed up how below-par he was tonight.
Daniel Hall - 7
Was the Mariners bright spark with his solid and imposing figure, stepping out well and with good aggression. Also made smart decisions on the ball, taking the safe option. He did his best but was never going to get back and clear the ball as Mauragis' shot took a huge deflection and looped in.
Kye Rowles - 5
The centre-back's poor header was cleared straight to Goodwin in the build-up to the Jets opener. He seemed to missing his usual partner Ruon Tongyik as the Socceroos' ability to step out to win the ball means Rowles can play deeper and sweep anything in behind.
Jack Clisby - 4
Gave O'Donovan too much space to find the far bottom corner with the opener. Tried to add to his goalscoring exploits from last week by testing Duncan from long-range just before the break. His delivery and final ball throughout were not good enough with countless crosses cleared away with ease by Newcastle.
Josh Nisbet - 5
Always brings lots of energy but if there's no reward from it he can look a bit like a headless chicken chasing a lost cause.
Oliver Bozanic - 5
Uncharacteristically didn't bring the same aggression or fight in the midfield that he usually does, losing a key 50/50 in the build-up to the Jets second. He had no time on the ball to pick and choose his next pass as he usually likes to do.
Gianni Stensness - 5
The Kiwi started well and helped in keeping things ticking over for the Mariners by playing safe and switching from side to side, before the Jets took control. He struggled to deal with the fleet-footed and slippery Thurgate who coasted by him on a couple of occasions.
Daniel Bouman - 4
The winger had a goal ruled out for an offside in the build-up in the first half, but the finish was impressive anyway. He failed to read the pass in behind by his teammates on a couple of occasions.
Matt Simon - 4
The veteran was caught dilly-dallying on the ball in the lead up to the Jets second goal. He couldn't get any change out of the defensive wall of three of Newcastle who didn't give him any chance to jump at crosses into the box.
Marco Ureña - 6
The Costa Rican's work rate was immense at the start of the game but he didn't have the same time and space to come towards the ball and link up like he did against Macarthur last week. Is so clever in recognising where the space is though and there were many occasions in the second half where his teammates just weren't on the same page as him.
Alou Kuol - 4
Newcastle weren't phased by the threat he can pose from the bench and handled him with relative ease.
Lewis Miller - 6
The right-back was a victim of some close attention and nasty challenges when he came on. He did show some bravery for the Mariners to try and get them back into it, but his shots from long-range were wayward and his final ball was also lacking.
Jaden Casella - 5
Got himself involved in a couple of big 50/50 tackles where he came off second best.
Michał Janota - 4
Didn't provide any sort of positive impact from the bench, playing safe and sideways far too often.
Jordan Smylie - N/A
Came on too late for a rating.
Jack Duncan - 6
Wasn't tested very often, but when he was called upon he made the required saves with minimal amounts of fuss.
Lachlan Jackson - 7
The first component of the Jets defensive wall of three, Jackson cleared several crosses throughout and read the game very well.
Nigel Boogaard - 7
The biggest validation of the ex-Adelaide United man's performance would've been Stajcic hauling off the usual nuisance that is Matt Simon, as Boogaard had done a brilliant job on him in the first half.
Nikolai Topor-Stanley - 6
The 36-year-old made several clearances and important tackles throughout, but he can be prone to some very strange and silly decisions on the ball, often playing aimless passes that don't make sense.
Jason Hoffman - 6
Didn't have the same attacking output as Mauragis on the other side but was comfortable in possession and made good decisions.
Johnny Koutroumbis - 7
Playing in a defensive-midfield role, Koutroumbis was pivotal in ensuring Bozanic and Stensness couldn't get on top like they have done for much of this season, stepping in to win possession back in midfield several times. It was unfortunate that he came off injured as he was one of the Jets' most influential when he was on.
Jordan O'Doherty - 6
The ex-Wanderer was very positive in possession, looking to either drive or play forward when he could. He doesn't always make the right decisions on the ball though, as there were times where he had a better option forward of the ball but opted to play short and safe.
Lucas Mauragis - 8
Not only did the 19-year-old win the ball back twice, but he then popped up to finish the move and put the Jets 2-0 up. His engine throughout was sensational and he was definitely one of the keys to the Jets' success tonight.
Angus Thurgate - 8
The Port Macquarie Pele played a phenomenal through ball for Mauragis to slide in his first ever A-League goal. He seems like he has been restricted playing in a deeper role this season because he was very good as an advanced number ten. Showcased sensational work rate off the ball too, diving into several 50/50 challenges and pressing constantly.
Roy O'Donovan - 7
The Irishman gave the away side the lead with a superb finish across Birighitti in the first half. He was always alert and ready to pounce on any mistakes by the Mariners' defenders.
Archie Goodwin - 6.5
The 16-year-old struggled in the opening stages as Hall dominated him physically for much of the first half. The one time he did get free though he punished the Mariners with a pinpoint assist for O'Donovan to finish, and from then on you could see his confidence begin to grow.
Ali Abbas - 5
Helped the Jets see out the result both in and out of possession.
Valentino Yuel - 4
For some unknown reason he bottled a couple of big chances on the break by slipping over at the crucial time. His confidence from his early season form has completely evaporated which is a real shame to see.
Matthew Millar - N/A
Came on too late for a rating.
Blake Archbold - N/A
Came on too late for a rating.