Adelaide United warned their rivals of their finals intentions with a resounding 5-2 win over Newcastle Jets at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.
A first-half double from Daniel Adlung sent the Reds on their way against a depleted Jets side, who finished the clash with 10 men when Jason Hoffman was sent off in the final quarter hour.
Despite missing a host of key players, Newcastle fired the first shot with Ronald Vargas rattling the Reds' crossbar with a well-taken free kick on six minutes from just...
Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick is leaning towards giving fit-again playmaker Ronnie Vargas his first A-League start in five months as he looks to replace Socceroo squad member Dimi Petratos.
Vargas made an eye-catching comeback off the bench against Wellington last Saturday after recovering from a serious ankle injury he suffered against Brisbane in October.
With Petratos away on international duty, Vargas, who came on in the 63rd minute in Auckland, is in contention to start Friday's away game...
A first-half Jason Hoffman goal has given high-flying Newcastle a 1-0 A-League win over Wellington in Auckland.
The result takes the Jets closer to wrapping up second place ahead of the playoffs, while the Phoenix remain rooted to the foot of the table.
However, the home side, in their second outing under caretaker coach Chris Greenacre, put up a spirited performance on Saturday night at QBE Stadium.
The game's decisive moment came in the 43rd minute, Hoffman's initial shot rebounding back and he...