Kaine Sheppard capped a memorable week with a match-winning goal as Newcastle hung on for a 1-0 victory over derby rivals Central Coast at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Sheppard, in just his third start for Newcastle, finished with his left foot in the 54th minute from a Roy O'Donovan cross after Dimi Petratos put him into space.
The 25-year-old former Victorian NPL player had this week signed a one-year contract extension with the club.
It was the Jets' fifth consecutive victory over the Mariners and...
Newcastle striker Kaine Sheppard has set his sights on playing himself into the starting line-up after securing a one-year extension with the A-League club.
The Jets on Tuesday announced Sheppard had signed on for another year after a strong start to his rookie campaign following his graduation from the NPL.
The 25-year-old has scored two goals and tallied two assists in 10 games so far this season, and it was enough to earn a new deal from coach Ernie Merrick.
"It was my goal to prove myself,...
Ernie Merrick defiant over Newcastle Jets' A-League finals hopes: 'We'll definitely make the top six'
Newcastle have brushed off suggestions the A-League top six is settled and their finals hopes are dead and buried.
The Jets' luckless campaign took a big blow on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 by Sydney FC after being reduced to 10 men at Jubilee Stadium.
After Adelaide beat Western Sydney on Friday night, it leaves Newcastle 10 points off the top six and questions lingering about whether last year's grand finalists can close the gap with 13 games to go.
It leaves them most likely needing...
Sydney FC have all but put a nail in the coffin of Newcastle's A-League season with a controversial 1-0 win at Jubilee Oval.
Not only did the Sky Blues remain within touching distance of pacesetters Perth with the result in front of 12,681 fans on Saturday afternoon, it leaves the Jets with a mountain of work to do with 13 games remaining.
An own goal by Jets skipper Daniel Boogard in the 44th minute ultimately separated the teams, however last year's grand finalists were fuming after Jason Hoffman...