South Sudanese international Valentino Yuel scored his third goal of the season after a brilliant Newcastle Jets breakaway on eight minutes with an assist from Roy O’Donovan with a swift Newcastle Jets counter in the interval at the ongoing Australia A-League 2020/2021 Season.
Yuel’s goal which came just 8 minutes after the start of the first half gave the Jets a lead after the first half whistle went. However the South Sudanes international was booked in the 69th minute of the second half. Yuel was then substituted on 90+4 minutes of the game with yet another South Sudanese international Tete Yengi.
Having switched off twice, Wellington rued their failure to make the most of their dominance. Luke DeVere and Ulises Davila were denied by a spectacular Jack Duncan save and the foot of the post respectively in the first half, while David Ball cracked the woodwork with a bullet header in the second.
Newcastle Jets FC held 35% possession and were out-shot 23-11 by their opponents in Wollongong, but there were still plenty of positive aspects for Deans and his charges to take.
The Jets executed two excellent counter attacks for Yuel and O’Donovan’s goals and felt they should have sealed the match with a third but could not take advantage of other chances that they forged in transition. According to defender Nigel Boogaard, the result is all that matters.
“It’s massive. It was probably our worst footballing performance today,” he said.
“Game management-wise we took the lead and probably could’ve put it to bed earlier but we didn’t capitalise on those things.
“The key moments have gone against us this season and tonight the key moments were with our backs against the wall, and the boys were fantastic.” while speaking to the media after the game.
Newcastle were staring down the barrel of what would have been a record fifth consecutive A-League defeat to start the new campaign, but emerged victorious over Phoenix thanks to two sucker-punch strikes from Valentino Yuel and Roy O’Donovan.
The Hunter Valley outfit were aided by the crossbar and a heroic goalkeeping performance from Jack Duncan as Wellington could not convert their chances until Ulises Davila’s late penalty. Deans admitted his side did it the hard way en route to their season’s maiden win.
“We’ve had three and a half good performances this season without getting points, and that was probably our worst performance by a long way,” he told FOX Sports.
Newcastle Jets FC will next travel away to 3rd placed Western Sydney FC in 5 days time, with the fixture set to be played on 29th January 2021.
It should be noted that Yuel Valentino and forward Tete Yengi whose parents are South Sudanese are eligible to play for the South Sudan Bright Stars once called upon. Other than Tete Yengi, Valention Yuel was part of Ashu Cyprian Besong’s 28 provisional squad summoned to have faced Uganda in November 2020, only to withdraw while already in the terminal because of his move to his current club completion and signing of transfer documents.
In other games played in the Australian A-League 2020/2021 season on Saturday 23rd January 2021, Kusini Yengi blood brother to Tete Yengi came off the bench on the 67th minutes to substitute Mohammed Toure picked some brilliant performances as his team Adelaide United FC picked a 1-0 win against Melbourne Victory FC.
Adelaide United FC are currently second on the table standing with 7 points after playing 4 games of the season so far winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 1. The club will play 5th placed Brisbane Roar FC on 30th January 2021 in their next A-League fixture.
Both Tete Yengi and Kusini Yengi have one parent (father) hailing from Kajokeji Country of South Sudan’s Central Equatorial State and the mother from Britain, this will also give the two promising football players the opportunity to play for England and Australia respectively apart from South Sudan.
It should be noted that a number of Australia based South Sudanese players are currently playing in the first division league of Australia.