IT WAS straight from FIFA 18, complete with the Cristiano Ronaldo goal celebration.
Demi Petratos’ spectacular 90th minute strike in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of Central Coast Mariners earned the winger the A-League goal of the week.
There was more than a little bit of Ronaldo in the execution, taking his defender left before a shifting the ball quickly to the outside and arrowing a shot across goal into the top-left corner.
The goal celebration was straight out of the play book of the Real Madrid superstar.
“I had a bit of a laugh with the celebration,” Petratos said. “ Ivan Vujica scored in the pre-season and said if someone in the front third scores in the season [proper] to do that celebration so he can join in as well. I’m sure if he scores the celebration will be bigger.”
Roy O’Donovan also produced a contender for goal of the week as the Jets’ rebuilt strike force set a series of club records against the Mariners.
Next are the Perth Glory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday, and while Petratos is not predicting a similar scoreline, the Jets will adopt the same attacking approach.
“It was obviously a good start, but we have to stay focused and continue to back the results up,” Petratos said. “It is not going to be 5-1 every game but we will go out there wanting to score goals, work hard and put teams on the back foot. As an attacker you want to attack. Ernie has given us the freedom to do that.”
Andrew Nabbout supplied two assists for O’Donovan, who netted his first A-League hat-trick. The Irishman also delivered the final pass for Petratos’ strike and to replacement Joe Champness for his goal on debut.
Ronny Vargas, although not on the scoresheet, impressed with his touch and vision.
“Ronny has come into the team and fitted very well,” Petratos said. “He is very smart on the ball. You can see what Roy does and along with Andrew Nabbout they work hard and they are both goal scorers. We’ve just got to keep working hard and improving the combinations.”
The Glory opened their campaign with a 2-1 defeat to Wanderers. Spaniard Andreu is likely to replace Jake Brimmer in the only change.
Andy Keogh, Diego Castro and former Golden Boot Adam Taggart are among the best front threes in the league. Castro created five chances against Wanderers.
“They have three very good strikers and two new Spaniards,” Jets coach Ernie Merrick said. “We are expecting an open game. [Coach] Kenny Lowe plays open football, he doesn’t park the bus.”
The Jets have given away nearly 7000 tickets and are anticipating an opening home crowd of 15,000.
“It will be good to see the crowd there and have them like a 12th man,” Petratos said.