An Adam Taggart brace helped Perth Glory to a 2-2 draw against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium. The former Jets forward opened the scoring before goals to Roy O’Donovan and Ben Kantarovski had Newcastle in the lead, a lead they held before Taggart squared the ledger 30 minutes later. Newcastle were moments away from ending their six-year drought at home against Perth. But that winless streak at home isn’t the only one Newcastle have to end.
Perth Glory haven’t loss in Newcastle in nine matches, which is the second longest streak in A-League history (Brisbane went 14 matches without losing away to the Central Coast). The last time Newcastle defeated Perth was in November 2011-12 when Jeremy Brockie netted a brace in a 2-0 win. Since then the Glory have walked out of McDonald Jones Stadium with 1-1 draw, 2-1 win, 0-0 draw, 1-0 win, 2-0 win, 6-1 win, 2-1 win, and two consecutive 2-2 draws.
— Perth Glory FC (@PerthGloryFC) 15 October 2017
Western Sydney have never been defeated in Newcastle since they were founded in April 2012. Their first match in the Hunter was a 3-0 win on Good Friday 2013 to clinch the Premier’s Plate. Since then they have won 1-0, had a 2-2 draw and a 1-1 draw, won 2-1, 1-0, and most recently 3-0 towards the end of the 2016-17 season. The Wanderers head to McDonald Jones in a fortnight aiming to match Perth’s record of nine matches.
Last season Sydney FC set and broke multiple records but their record at McDonald Jones Stadium is impressive but not the best in the league. They have only been gone seven matches without a loss. It started with a 2-2 draw, and since they have won 2-0, 1-0, 4-3, 1-0, and 2-0 twice last season. Sydney only head up to Newcastle once this season so this breaking this record will have to wait until next season.
Newcastle started the 2016-17 season with a 5-1 win at Central Coast Stadium against the Mariners, but it’s actually the Yellow and Navy who have an undefeated streak at McDonald Jones Stadium of seven matches. Their last defeat was a 2-1 win in October 2012. Since then the Mariners have won 2-0, and have drawn 2-2, 1-1, o-o, and have had three consecutive 1-1 draws.
It must be frustrating supporting the Jets, no other club in the A-League currently has as many winless droughts at home like they have, but the tides seem to be changing and brighter days seem on the horizon, and surely the ending of these streaks will follow.
88’ | 2 – 1 | CROWD FIGURE: 14, 833 – great effort Jets fans. What a crowd, what an atmosphere! #NEWvPER
— NEWCASTLE JETS FC ✈️ (@NewcastleJetsFC) 15 October 2017
Adam Taggart netted a brace today but is his six goals the most scored in this fixture? Test your knowledge below.