Newcastle Jets pinch draw with Heart

Last updated 22:04 24/11/2012

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Newcastle Jets pinched a late 3-3 draw  with Melbourne Heart in the most drama-charged of A-League games at  AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The Jets fought back from both 2-0 and 3-2 down, eventually  taking a share of the points with an 87th minute Ryan Griffiths  penalty.

Referee Jarred Gillett had no hesitation awarding a late  spot-kick when Newcastle winger James Virgili went to ground under  a combined challenge from Simon Colosimo and Matt Thompson.

Griffiths made no mistake with his coolly-taken spot-kick.

The Heart had led 2-0 at halftime and dominated the opening 45  minutes after being gifted two goals in the first five minutes by  the Jets.

With star striker Emile Heskey a virtually unused marquee at one  end, the Jets flapped like a tent in the breeze at the other.

A goal after 33 seconds came from Heart's Richard Garcia when  Scott Neville steered the ball into his path for the simplest of  finishes.

Then Garcia completed the Jets' defensive implosion just a few  minutes later when defender Connor Chapman brought him down in the  box with a clumsy challenge.

Josip Tadic slotted home the penalty in the fifth minute, and  the Heart spent the rest of the half playing champagne football.

Only goalkeeper Matthew Nash kept the Jets in the match, making  three important saves - the pick a superb diving save from a Simon  Colosimo header on 39 minutes.

The game turned around completely with the introduction of  ex-Heart wide man Craig Goodwin on 55 minutes.

Within 45 seconds he had a goal, curling his leg around Heart  defender Michael Marrone to make it 2-1.Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich levelled things up in the 63rd  minute with a long-range drive.

But the Heart seemed to regain the ascendancy when Garcia  grabbed his second in the 72nd minute, finishing off a sweet move  from Tadic and Thompson to make it 3-2.After the match reached a late flashpoint when Heart defender  Aziz Behich grabbed Virgili

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