A-League: Brisbane Roar suffer historic humiliation at home to Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets inflicted Brisbane Roar's worst ever A-League defeat as they cruised to a 6-1 win in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday, with Roy O'Donovan and Joey Champness each bagging a brace.
The Jets took the lead against the run of play in the 23rd minute when Champness' effort from the corner of the penalty area took a deflection and found the right side of the net.
Champness was crucial again soon after when finding O'Donovan with a low cross from the left, but Zach Duncan pulled one back just after the break, pouncing on a rebound.
But the Jets stepped things up again, with O'Donovan heading in his second before Kaine Sheppard's effort deflected in off Dimitri Petratos to make it 4-1 just past the hour.
Petratos almost got himself a second with a strike on the right side of the box, though Champness was on hand to tap in after Jamie Young's save.
Kwabena Appiah-Kubi wrapped things up late on with a darting run and neat finish, consigning the Roar to a truly humiliating defeat.
Neither side will be able to break into the top six before the regular season concludes, though.
In the day's later game, rock-bottom Central Coast Mariners claimed only their third victory of the season, beating Western Sydney Wanderers – just two places above them – 3-1.
Matt Simon was the star for the Mariners, scoring either side of the break, before Kyle Rowles – sent off towards the end for a reckless lunge – made it 3-0.
Mark Bridge netted the Wanderers' consolation from the penalty spot.