Imports Loic Puyo and Matt Derbyshire have scored their first A-League goals as Macarthur FC survived extreme second-half pressure to beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 and go top of the ladder.
It was Macarthur’s second win from as many away games and gives then seven points from four matches, while the Jets are still pointless after a third straight loss.
Newcastle had a handball claim for a penalty in added time rejected by referee Ben Abraham, but it appeared to be the right decision.
Newcastle had never lost their first encounter against an expansion club in six previous games
Puyo’s acrobatic bicycle kick in the ninth minute from near the penalty spot, opened the scoring and he added an assist later in the half.
The Frenchman’s perfectly-delivered near-post corner also enabled Englishman Derbyshire to notch the second goal with a powerful header in the 23rd minute.
Moving the ball well, Macarthur threatened to swamp the Jets and Derbyshire also hit the post late in the half.
But the battling home side scrapped their way back into the contest
Valentino Yuel became the third player In the game to record a first A-League goal with a close range finish for the Jets in the 43rd minute.
Prior to that Jason Hoffman had a goal rubbed out for offside and Roy O’Donovan was off target with three attempts and Angus Thurgate another.
The resurgent Jets carried that momentum into the second half, but couldn’t get the equaliser their domination merited.
O’Donovan had a toe-poked shot pushed away by goalkeeper Adam Federici and the Socceroos custodian also stopped two efforts from the impressive Yuel.
Derbyshire had a powerful shot saved by Jets’ goalkeeper Jack Duncan in the 83rd minute, in a rare second-half foray forward by the visiting side.