Adelaide United 1 Newcastle Jets 2
Looking ahead: Newcastle's Kew Jaliens makes a run for the Jets in their win over Adelaide United on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
Dutchman Kew Jaliens and Adam Taggart scored as the Newcastle Jets upset Adelaide United 2-1 on Saturday to bank their first victory of the season.
Jaliens' first-half strike, and an ice-cool chip from Taggart in the second, delivered a precious away triumph that extended Adelaide's winless streak to four games.
The Jets survived a late Reds rally after Fabio Ferreira netted in the 71st minute at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium.
The 35-year-old Jaliens, who has played 13 times for his country, opened the scoring in a free-flowing fixture. A Jacob Burns corner found teammate Scott Neville, whose on-target header was instinctively blocked on the goal-line by Adelaide defender Michael Zullo.
But Zullo's leg-block rebounded straight to an unmarked Jaliens, who accepted a gift with a left-footer from three metres out.
The goal came amid sustained shakiness in defence from the Reds, still with just a season-opening win and a draw to their credit this season.
Adelaide defenders Tarek Elrich and Nigel Boogaard both were forced to make goal-line clearances while Taggart also blew a golden chance when unable to make solid contact with a close-range header.
But Taggart made amends in the 52nd minute when the Jets expertly exploited Adelaide's tardiness.
Home-town substitute Steven Lustica was stripped of the ball in midfield by Jet Andrew Hoole, who played Taggart into space and with an angled run at goal.
With Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic charging, Taggart calmly chipped over the Reds captain for a classy goal which stunned the parochial 10,244-strong crowd.
Taggart was subbed in the 70th minute to give marquee signing Emile Heskey his first run of the season after overcoming a knee injury.
But Heskey's arrival was met a minute later by a goal by Adelaide's Ferreria, who drifted on to a precise back-post cross from Jeronimo Neumann and scored with a header.
The Reds pressed for an equaliser, with Jeronimo and Ferreira coming close, but their cause was hindered by Boogaard being red-carded for a harsh tackle on Heskey some six minutes from full-time.
It was the fifth time Boogaard has received a straight red card, equalling the all-time league record of new Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.