Weston Bears climb to third on ladder with 3-2 win against Newcastle Jets Youth

AMAZING GOAL: Chris Hurley floated a corner kick over the head of the Jet Youth keeper to score.
AMAZING GOAL: Chris Hurley floated a corner kick over the head of the Jet Youth keeper to score.

The Weston Bears have jumped to third on the NPL table with a 3-2 win against the Jets Youth at Rockwell Automation Park on Sunday.

The Bears now face a top-tree Good Friday battle against second-placed Lambton Jaffas who are equal on points with Weston.

The exciting contest will be played out at Lambton's home field Arthur Edden Oval with kick off in first grade at 4.30pm.

The Bears jumped to a 2-0 lead by the eighth minute on Sunday against the Jets with two goals in two minutes including an amazing shot by Chris Hurley from a corner.

Hurley's shot cleared a pack of players at the near edge of the box and floated into the side netting.

A minute later the Bears were able to find a second goal, this time coming through their Dutchman Jason Tjien-Fooh who found himself on the end of a tidy through ball from Liam Wilson, squeezing it past Noah James in goal from a rather tight angle.

The Jets Youth bounced back midway through the second half as Pat Langlois was able to head home a shot from a corner close to the near post, but the game was seemingly put out of reach when Liam Wilson scored a corner of their own to give Weston a two-goal cushion once again.

A consolation goal from Maki Petratos in the dying embers of the match gave him his third of the season but still meant his side walked away without any points for the first time this year.

Wilson got the Bears third shortly before full-time when he chipped in when left unmarked at the rear post on a corner.

After leaving last week's match disappointed, Weston's coach Kew Jaliens was delighted with how his team stuck to their game-plan to get the victory.

"It was an important game for us so I'm very happy with the win," Jaliens said.

"I think we pressed well as a team and worked hard. We did the things we agreed upon before the game so that was pleasing.

"We knew we had to move the ball quick to get them [Jets Youth] out of their zones. Our motto was 'work hard when we don't have it, and quick in transition to hurt them'. It's great to get on the top half of the table."

Newcastle Jets Youth 2 (Langlois 72', Petratos 90+5) defeated by Weston Bears 3 (Hurley 7', Tjien-Fooh 8', Wilson 80')

Hornets host Wallsend

Cessnock City Hornets host Wallsend FC on Sunday at Turner Park at 5.45pm.

The Hornets, who had the bye on the weekend, have two draws from four games.