Meeting for the first time since Victory shaded the Jets almost six months ago in the season decider, Melbourne recorded another 1-0 win on Saturday night at the same McDonald Jones Stadium venue.Newcastle’s Dimi Petratos had an 84th-minute free-kick saved by Lawrence Thomas, having volleyed over the bar just after the hour.
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With the exception of a goal being scored, the first half was similar to the grand final, with home side Newcastle having 10 of the first 12 shots. Venezuelan playmaker Ronnie Vargas came the closest, rocking the crossbar with a shot from next to the penalty spot.It was a different story in the second half, as the visitors made Newcastle pay for their wastefulness.
Inside the first five minutes, grand final hero Kosta Barbarouses had a goal ruled out for offside, a few seconds after having a shot saved by Jets goalkeeper Glen Moss and another attempt was blocked a couple of minutes later.