Three goals by three key attackers gave Newcastle Jets an easy 3-0 win over Sydney Olympic in a pre-season match at Belmore Sports Ground just outside Sydney on Tuesday. Nathan Burns scored in his Jets debut while Emile Heskey and Michael Bridges added goals of their own to give Newcastle an encouraging result. Not only was the game Burns' debut, it was the first game in a Jets kit for Kew Jaliens, who played forty-five minutes for Newcastle.
As other A-League clubs have played higher profile friendlies in Italy, Malaysia, Japan and China, the Jets have mostly played local competition, though they did lose to Wellington Phoenix last month. This offseason has been less about expanding the club's international brand and has been aimed at solidifying a roster that could improve upon the seventh place finish from 2012/13. The Jets only missed finals football by one point last season and new players like Burns and Jaliens are finally mixing in with the team in pre-season matches, giving a better idea of the Jets' 2013/14 identity.
NUJ Burns 13'
NUJ Heskey (Neville) 43'
NUJ Bridges 83'
Newcastle: Birighitti (Solari 75'); Neville (Papas 60'), Chapman (Hoole 60'), Jaliens (Regan 46'), Galloway (Lundy 60'); Kantarovski (Brillante 46'), Caravella (Pepper 60'), Taggart (Oxborrow 60'), Zadkovich (Bridges 60'); Burns (Gibbs 46'), Heskey (Virgili 46')
Sydney Olympic: Henderson, Angel, Bertadhi, Danaskos, Elrich, Hooper, Tredoar, Williams, Sorge, Hatzimouratis, Owusu