The Newcastle Jets play their final home match of the A-League season before the finals this Friday night against the Perth Glory, with kick off 7:50pm at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Here's JR the Sports Guy's top five reasons to get to the game!
THE FINALS COUNTDOWN
Let's face it. Perth are stuffed if they don't win. Three points off sixth place, with just two matches to go, leaves the visitors needing the maximum result if they want to play A-League finals football. Mix this with Newcastle's attacking mindset, and the calibre of creative players on both sides, and we're bound to see goals galore. Vargas, Rodriguez, Taggart, Diego Castro… there’s plenty of talent on the park!
THE PLUCK OF THE IRISH
There's no doubt Roy O'Donovan's presence up front makes the Jets attack that bit more potent - but he's up against one of his countrymen this week in Perth striker Andy Keogh. With thirteen goals between them this season, there's plenty of fireworks in store when the Irishmen take the pitch! (Keep an eye on Keogh’s possible histrionics too, having been booked for simulation just a few weeks ago.)
DE-FENCE IS NOT JUST WHAT GOES AROUND DE-FIELD
We all want to see loads of goals scored, but unfortunately in the last two games, most have been scored against the Jets! The loss of captain Nigel Boogaard at the back has seen a few issues for the new look defensive set up, but the match up with the Glory will show us whether Newcastle have plugged the gaps, or if there's still work to be done ahead of the finals.
EVERYBODY GET LOWE, LOWE, LOWE
While Jets coach Ernie Merrick is a pretty cool customer on the sidelines, the same can't be said for the ever-expressive Kenny Lowe. Whether he's remonstrating with the officials, giving his team a rev-up or just getting plain restless, the former English professional footballer should keep fans interested with his sideline antics... especially given what's at stake for his side.
USE YOUR HEAD!
The match is part of the 'Kick for Brain Cancer' round, with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation selling bandannas and raising funds to beat the disease. Give generously to the cause - if you're like me you can use it to cover up your bald spot.