Bradbery steers Jets youth team to 4-3 win over Mariners

POCKET rocket Kale Bradbery scored a brace to lead the Newcastle Jets youth team to a 4-3 triumph over table-toppers Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium tonight.

Bradbery scored the Jets second and third goals as the homeside turned on the style in front of an appreciative crowd to have the match all but wrapped up, leading 4-1 at the break.

The second half was less spectacular. The Mariners pulled two goals back but the scoreline flattered the visitors.

"We dominated the first half and the second was more about control when we had the ball," Jets coach Clayton Zane said.

"The first half of football was excellent, probably our best for the season.

"We were good going forward today. The past two games we haven't scored a goal. Kale Bradbery up front looked like he always had a goal in him.

"He scored a few against the AIS which topped him up a bit. We want to get him to a goal a game before he can think about getting anywhere near the first team."

It was virtually one way traffic in the first half.

The home side dominated possession and territory and for the large part toyed with a shambolic Mariners defence to take a 4-1 advantage into the break.

Andrew Hoole, Kale Bradbery, Mitch Copper and Chris Grossman were stand outs.

Grossman, on a short-term senior squad contract as cover for Ben Kantarovski, opened the Jets account in the ninth minute when he slotted home from close range after the Mariners failed to deal with a Hoole cross.

The right back did it himself 10 minutes later, going past three defenders on a slalom run into the box before directing an angled left-foot shot inside the far post.

The Mariners missed a golden chance to pull a goal back on the half hour when Pat Dixon crossed for Adam Kwasnik but the club's all-time goal-scorer couldn't control his shot from point blank range which ballooned over the bar.

A minute later the Jets made it 3-0, Mitch Cooper delivering a sublime no-look pass for Kale Bradbery who veered to his left and produced an ice-cool finish.

The Jets' procession was halted momentarily when Dixon beat the offside trap and easily rounded Aleks Vrteski.

Bradbery ensured momentum was back with the home side when he collected a header flicked on by Grossman and side-footed past Daniel Sadaka.

Whatever Mariners coach John McLafferty said at the interval, it had the desired effect.

The visitors were more urgent at the start of the second half and cut the margin to two when Michael Neill waltzed into the area and hit a stinging left foot drive.

They added another through Tomislav Cirjak in the 87th minute to ensure a nervous finish.

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