Jets draw on the full time siren

A NIKOLAI Topor-Stanley header on the stroke of full-time has seen the Newcastle Jets escape with a frustrating 1-1 draw against a gallant Gold Coast United at Hunter Stadium.

The Jets went into the match as odds-on favourites and they enjoyed the majority of possession and territory but seemed to lack that killer instinct, while the Gold Coast, marshalled heroically at the back by skipper Michael Thwaite and centre-back Zach Anderson were content to absorb the pressure and attack on the counter.

A goal against the run of play to youngster Daniel Bowles gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half and Gold Coast displayed a gutsy defensive effort to thwart a myriad of attacking forays by the Jets until Topor-Stanley eventually cracked the stubborn defence right on full-time.

The draw moves the Jets into fifth spot but allows the Heart, Sydney FC or Melbourne Victory a chance to draw closer with the rest of the round to be played.

The Jets controlled possession early but didn't really create any firm goal-scoring opportunities.

Read the full match report at the A-league website.

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