Four players were sent off as Newcastle Jets defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-1 in the QR National Cup match at Thomas and Coffey Park in Weston on Saturday.
Craig Goodwin scored twice and Marko Jesic chipped in with the other for the victorious Jets after Alex Smith had given Phoenix the lead.
However, the main talking point was the red cards brandished to Phoenix trio Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund and captain Andrew Durante and Newcastle Jets defender Tiago Calvano, in the pre-season trial.
Midway through the first half, a tackle from Tiago on Muscat resulted in a major blow-up between the two sides. As a result the two main protagonists were sent-off as was Sigmund.
Durante saw red in the second half after he retaliating to a tackle from Scott Neville, which resulted in the Jets player receiving a yellow card.
Football wise, Phoenix recruit Jeremy Brockie was an attacking threat against his former side but it was Smith that opened the scoring with the side 11 v 11, getting on the end of a left-wing cross from Paul Ifill.
The Jets then capitalised on their one-man advantage to equalise before the interval.
Goodwin beat his man before he fired a low shot into the corner of the net.
And the ex-Melbourne Heart man was on target again early in the second half, the left-back firing a swerving shot that was too hot for Mark Paston.
Adam Taggart hit the crossbar minutes later for the Jets.
The against eight-man, after Durante's red, substitute Jesic found the net from close ranger after some enterprising play from James Virgili.
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