The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets defeated Weston Bears FC 3-0 in a pre-season trial match at Rockwell Automation Park on Thursday night.
Playing a 3-4-3 formation, the Jets began the match in a positive fashion, controlling possession and repeatedly threatening down the right flank through the enterprising play of James Virgili.
It came as no surprise when the 21-year-old winger opened the scoring midway through the first half with a powerful low strike across the Weston goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the goal.
Mitch Oxborrow went close to doubling the Jets’ advantage a short time later, but his long range effort was spectacularly saved.
Bobby Russell went even closer to adding to the Jets’ lead with his curling effort from 25 metres out hitting the crossbar.
However, the Jets didn’t have to wait too long to go 2-0 up, with Virgili scoring his second of the match after cutting in from the right flank and firing a left-footed shot past the Weston goalkeeper.
Joey Gibbs looked dangerous up front for the Jets and tested the Weston goalkeeper on a number of occasions.
Gibbs eventually sealed the victory for the Jets early in the second half when he connected with Brandon Lundy’s cross into the six-yard box and finished in clinical fashion to make it 3-0.
Jets head coach Gary van Egmond said he was pleased with elements of his side’s play throughout the contest.
“It was a good performance from the perspective of getting game time and trying to work on combinations and rotations,” van Egmond said.
“There’s still plenty of work to do, but there were some promising signs tonight.”
Newcastle Jets 3 (Virgili 25' 32', Gibbs 55')
Weston Bears FC 0