Jets out to stifle Heart’s attack

THE Jets will be chasing redemption against Melbourne Heart in round 15 of the National Youth League at Wanderers Oval tomorrow.

Newcastle sit equal third with the Heart and Perth Glory on the jam-packed NYL ladder with four rounds remaining.

 They are out of premiership contention, 11 points behind leaders Central Coast, but hope to finish in the top three.

Jets coach Clayton Zane said the 3-0 loss to the Heart in round six in Melbourne was another motivating factor.

‘‘The last Melbourne Heart game has really stuck in my mind,’’ Zane said.

‘‘We had a really strong team down in Melbourne with guys like [James] Virgili and [Craig] Goodwin – it was pretty much a reserves team rather than a youth team – and we got towelled up 3-0 in the end.

‘‘Also, one of our aims at the start of the year was to not drop six points to any team, so we are keen to turn it around tomorrow.’’

Newcastle hit back from losses to Perth and Sydney with a 5-2 victory over the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra last week.

Debutant Brandon Lundy scored a second-half hat-trick in the win but will not play tomorrow because he is attending a national under-17 training camp at the AIS.

Marko Jesic  scored twice against the AIS but is also unavailable tomorrow after picking up a suspension due to card accumulation.

Despite the comfortable last-start win, Zane wanted his squad to improve sharply at home.

‘‘We had a better result on the weekend but still not a great performance for what we expect,’’ he said.

Mitchell Oxborrow, Mitch Cooper, Jacob Pepper and  Taylor Regan are expected to turn out for the Jets in the 5pm game. 

Mitchell Oxborrow in action for the Jets.

Mitchell Oxborrow in action for the Jets.