Newcastle Jets 0 Perth Glory 1

Chris Harold of the Glory attempts to evade Jacob Pepper of the Jets.

Chris Harold of the Glory attempts to evade Jacob Pepper of the Jets. Photo: Tony Feder

The Newcastle Jets were left ruing a controversial no-goal decision after an upset loss to Perth Glory on Saturday night.

Trailing after a first-half goal from Perth's Chris Harold, Newcastle upped the ante after the interval and had the Glory grimly defending their lead.

In the 70th minute, Newcastle's marquee striker Emile Heskey nodded a corner onto defender Kew Jaliens, who tapped it from point-blank range towards goal.

Time
90.00
Team
NWJ
Score
0
Team
PRG
Score
1
Newcastle Jets FC versus Perth Glory FC
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Players Goals Harold (38min)

Glory keeper Danny Vukovic scooped it out at the last second, as Jaliens and teammates claimed the ball had crossed the line.

Referee Matthew Gillett allowed play to continue but replays suggested Newcastle's players may have had valid cause for complaint. The incident will provide further ammunition for those who believe the code should embrace goal-line or video technology.

The loss was a blow for the Jets but a triumph for Perth, who overcame adversity to score their first win under new coach Kenny Lowe.

The Glory were without injured stars William Gallas, Shane Smeltz and Scott Jamieson, and skipper Jacob Burns was suspended after the last-minute 2-1 loss to Central Coast midweek. Yet they gave their all against a full-strength Newcastle, who were coming off a 1-0 loss to Adelaide last week.

After consecutive defeats, Newcastle have slid to sixth on the table.

Perth's win lifted them to 16 points, two behind the Jets.

Worryingly for Newcastle, they will be without their four Australian under-22 representatives - Adam Taggart, Andrew Hoole, Josh Brillante and Connor Chapman - for the next two, and possibly three, games.

There was also an unnerving sense of deja vu for the Novocastrian faithful. Their team lost successive games at the corresponding stage last season, slipped out of the top six and missed the finals.

Vukovic was the hero for Perth, making a series of stunning saves, none better than his diving effort to defuse a Nathan Burns free kick in the 83rd minute.

Perth drew first blood with a stunning goal against the run of play by Harold in the 38th minute. Jets right-back Jacob Pepper produced a wayward cross-field pass to central defender Taylor Regan, allowing Harold to pounce on the loose ball.

The 21-year-old steadied and delivered a precision shot that left Jets keeper Mark Birighitti with no chance.

Until that point, the hosts had enjoyed the better of the chances. Winger Craig Goodwin, recalled to the starting side for the first time since the scoreless draw against the Glory in round two, created a number of attacking opportunities for himself and striker Taggart in the first half.

In the 11th minute, Vukovic produced two saves in a matter of seconds to deny both Goodwin and Taggart.

Goodwin looked Newcastle's sharpest player during his time on the field but was replaced in the 60th minute by Heskey.

Vukovic continued to frustrate Newcastle later in the match, foiling Taggart again in the 63rd minute in a one-on-one situation.

The result reaffirmed Perth's reputation as Newcastle's bogey team. The Glory won all three games against the Jets last season and boast a draw and a victory this season.