Newcastle Jets trump youth in intraclub trial

RYAN Griffiths and Adam Taggart continued their impressive form in pre-season as the Jets First XI restored order with a 2-0 win over the Youth team in an intraclub trial at Ray Watt Oval this morning.

It was the second time in a week the Jets have gone head-to-head.

The youth team triumphed 2-1 at Hunter Valley Grammar School last Wednesday but there was no repeat today.

The First XI controlled the mainstay in a high intensity, high quality hit-out which was played over 30-minute thirds.

Griffiths converted from the spot after Craig Goodwin was brought down by Josh Brillante inside the box to put the First XI ahead in the closing stages of the second period.

Goodwin was also heavily involved in the second goal, beating two defenders with some fancy footwork before cutting the ball back for Taggart to dink a shot over keeper Jack Duncan.

Taggart, who played wide on the left and at the point of the attack, could easily have had a hat-trick to go with the braces he scored against Broadmeadow and Northern NSW Select.

Ben Kennedy turned a looping header around the post, Mark Birighitti tipped a stinging shot over the bar and Taggart missed with a free.

Griffiths was also dangerous.

Jets coach Gary van Egmond experimented playing Brazilian Tiago as a holding midfielder in the first period and made several changes to personnel and formation as the game progressed.

The Jets’ next hit- out is against Northern NSW Select at Adamstown Oval on Wednesday, followed by NSW Premier League club Rockdale City in Sydney on August 15 and Wellington Phoenix in Weston on August 18.

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