Jets strike late to see off Wanderers

Angus Thurgate (32) scored the opening goal in Newcastle's 2-0 win over Western Sydney

Teenager Angus Thurgate has proved the match-winner again as Newcastle Jets edged out Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The 19-year-old, who scored in Newcastle's last-start 1-0 win over Western United, came on in the 63rd minute on Saturday night and struck on the turn in a goalmouth scramble 15 minutes later.

He then beat the offside trap near halfway before setting up Dimi Petratos for a tap-in and the match sealer in the 86th.

The round-eight performance continues an amazing run for Thurgate who scored the clincher in a 3-2 victory over the Wanderers last season. His three A-League goals have all come in matches won by the Jets.

Coach Ernie Merrick said he brought on the Port Macquarie teen to improve Newcastle's possession in attack and he was clearly thrilled the young gun had hit the target again.

"Angus is very fit, he's technically very good and he's extremely coachable, and he reads the play, for a youngster he reads the ball really well, so he's always looking for that second, what-if type pass or the second ball," Merrick said.

"And now the little fella has put me under a lot of pressure for a starting run next week, and that's exactly what he should be doing as well.

"He's come on, he's done a great job and that's twice in a row now, so that gives me some thinking to do for the Adelaide game next week."

Western Sydney were frustrated when denied a penalty on review after Kwame Yeboah went down close to goal under a challenge from Lachlan Jackson in the 53rd minute.

Wanderers coach Markus Babbel, who was at a loss to explain his side's "freestyle way" in the first half, was clearly frustrated with the penalty no-call.

"You saw it, I saw it, everybody in the stadium saw it, but the most important man didn't see it, so we have to accept this," Babbel said.

"At the moment, for us, this is normal. Sad to say, but this is normal and we have to keep going."

The visitors went closest to scoring when Jets keeper Glen Moss made a double save to deny Mitchell Duke and Yeboah, before Duke hit a third chance over the bar in the 62nd minute.

Newcastle had the better chances in a first half where Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Lopar starred.

Jason Hoffman (15th minute) and Nick Fitzgerald (31st) were one-on-one with Lopar but the Swiss shot-stopper smothered both attempts.

He also denied further chances from Panamanian striker Abdiel Arroyo and Fitzgerald before the break, the second with a spectacular full-stretch effort.

Moss had little to do in the opening half but he stood tall in the 45th minute when rising to tip a Duke rocket onto the crossbar.

The loss extended the Wanderers (10 points) winless streak to four-games after starting win three straight victories, while Newcastle rise to seventh on the ladder with eight points from six games.