Novacastrians are in dreamland at the moment following their 5-1 victory away at rivals Central Coast Mariners. Recruit and former Mariners’ #9 Roy O’Donovan immediately wrote his name in Newcastle folklore and quickly turned villain to hero up in the Hunter. Goals to debutants Joe Champness and Dimitri Petratos overturned an early deficit as Mariners’ recruit Asdrubal netted from a fifth minute corner. It was an historic night for Newcastle who set club, F3 Derby, and A-League records in the win.
- Newcastle scored the most goals and won by the biggest margin in an F3 Derby
- Roy O’Donovan scored the 46th A-League hat-trick, which was also the first in an F3 Derby and the first hat-trick by a Newcastle player since Adam Taggart in November 2013
- O’Donovan’s hat-trick was the third quickest in A-League history
- O’Donovan, Joe Champness, and Dimitri Petratos became the eighth, ninth, and 10th player to score on their Newcastle debut (try our quiz below)
- Petratos has now scored three goals in three matches at Central Coast Stadium
- Central Coast suffered their first defeat in Round 1 since losing to Brisbane in 2011-12
- Ernie Merrick ended his run of four consecutive losses in Round 1
- Newcastle scored five goals in one match for just the third time in their history (5-2 win v Sydney FC in 2011/12, and 5-0 win v Wellington Phoenix (2013-14)
- The win is Newcastle’s biggest away victory in the A-League
- At the time of writing Newcastle have scored the most goals in Round 1 in A-League history
Newcastle’s first win in the F3 derby since the 2015-16 season has started their 2017-18 campaign on the highest of highs as they aim to qualify for their first finals series in seven years. They face Perth at home next week, a team they haven’t beat at Hunter Stadium since November 2011. Another win, regardless of the magnitude, will set them up nicely for the season.
While the Mariners have another New South Wales derby travelling down to play Western Sydney Wanderers.
Kickscribe’s Player Ratings
-3 Roy O’Donovan
-2 Dimitri Petratos
-1 Alan Baro