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A superb goalkeeping performance from Glen Moss and a fantastic finish from Angus Thurgate handed Newcastle a 1-0 victory over A-League newcomers Western United at the weekend.

In the 31st minute, an impressive double-save from United’s Filip Kurto denied Nick Fitzgerald and then Jason Hoffman’s follow up.

Visitors Newcastle finally took the lead five minutes later when Thurgate linked up impressively with Dimi Petratos.

After receiving the ball with his back to goal, Thurgate laid it off to Petratos, who then played a sublime return ball in behind the United defence.

Thurgate calmly placed past the advancing Kurto to notch his second senior goal and give the Jets lead.
The home side created chances in the second period, but it was the brilliance of Jets custodian Moss who kept the Jets in the lead by producing two fantastic saves in the space of 30 seconds.

Moss first denied Connor Pain and then tipped over Besart Berisha’s point-blank header from the resulting corner in the 74th minute.

He then secured the Jets’ first win of the season by denying Berisha a late equaliser in the 91st minute.

The Jets have the bye in round 7.

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