Last-gasp Thwaite downs Jets
Perth Glory kept their season alive with a stoppage-time goal from Michael Thwaite giving them an unlikely 2-1 win over Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium.
The Jets dominated possession and territory but found themselves trailing after 24 minutes when the Glory scored a well-worked goal on the counter through Matias Cordoba. Adam Taggart equalised for the Jets just before half-time to see the sides locked at 1-1 at the break.
Newcastle had a plethora of chances to take the lead in the second half but couldn't convert and just as the match looked to be heading for a draw Thwaite prodded in after a goalmouth scramble. The win sees Perth move to 28 points and on the cusp of the top six, just two points behind the fifth-placed Jets with the rest of the round to play.
The hosts could have gone ahead early on but Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic produced an amazing reflex save to deny Taggart from close range. Having absorbed some early pressure, the Glory took the lead when Chris Harold crossed for Cordoba to fire home.
The visitors could not hold out until half-time, though, Marko Jesic's driving run ending with a through ball for Taggart to convert first time. The hosts bossed the second period but could not find a second goal. Vukovic denied Dominik Ritter and Michael Bridges while James Virgili fired over when well placed.
The misses proved costly when a corner was not cleared and Glory captain Thwaite bundled the ball over the line.