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A-League: Newcastle Jets 3 Melbourne Heart 1

24 November 2013 09:51

A spectacular hat-trick from Adam Taggart propelled Newcastle Jets to a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Melbourne Heart at Hunter Stadium.

After a scrappy opening half-hour, Taggart broke the deadlock with a superb volley from the edge of the area.

The impressive youngster doubled the Jets' lead with a superbly-taken goal in the 55th minute and, after the Heart got one back through Andrea Migliorini's deflected free-kick, completed his treble with 28 minutes remaining.

Taggart limped off with an injury late on but received a rousing reception from an appreciative home crowd after setting up a third straight win for his side.

Melbourne were the better side for much of the first half yet paid the price for failing to translate their dominance into a goal seven minutes before the break.

Taggart struggled to control a pass from Ruben Zadkovich but improvised to smash a volley past Andrew Redmayne, sending the crowd into raptures.

A melee broke out moments later when Heart players reacted to a late challenge from Taggart, who picked up a yellow card along with Zadkovich.

The latter missed an excellent chance to double his side’s lead on the stroke of half-time, but it mattered little as Taggart scored again in the 55th minute, curling a shot into the bottom-right corner following a pass from Jacob Pepper.

Migliorini reduced his side's arrears with a set-piece that took a huge deflection off Jets defender Josh Mitchell.

Yet Taggart had the final say, completing his first A-League hat-trick with a cool finish after finding acres of space on the edge of the area.

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Competition
A-League
Date
24 November 2013
Game week
7
Kick-off
07:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
Hunter Stadium (Newcastle)
Attendance
12806

Goals

A. Taggart 38'  
1 - 0
A. Taggart 55'  
2 - 0
2 - 1
A. Taggart 62'  
3 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
18
11
6
20
# Player Bookings
11
21
28
2
20

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A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +8 35
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