Moss in for maiden Grand Final

01 May 2018 07:34:48 EST
Out - Jack Duncan.

Veteran keeper Glen Moss will get the chance to play in his first A-League Grand Final when Newcastle Jets host Melbourne Victory.

The 35-year-old will be in goal for Ernie Merrick's side at McDonald Jones Stadium after first-choice keeper Jack Duncan was ruled out of the decider.

Duncan tore his right quad in last weekend's semi-final win over Melbourne City.

Moss, who replaced him after he was hurt in attempting a clearance, has started nine games this season compared to Duncan's 18.

The New Zealand international, like Merrick, will be coming up against his former side in the Grand Final.

Speaking of his performance against City, the coach said: "Glen Moss slipped in so easily. He's confident at the back, a good talker and never let anything slip.

"Moss will definitely be starting (against Victory). He's a terrific goalkeeper, so experienced and an international goalkeeper."

Though he's played 12 seasons in the A-League - including for now-defunct clubs New Zealand Knights and Gold Coast United - this is only Moss' second finals campaign.

The Jets will be without Ben Kantarovski (hamstring) and Wayne Brown (calf) for the sold-out decider.

Merrick is confident the team will be able to cope, having had plenty of experience this season with dealing with injuries.

They were without marquee Ronny Vargas for 20 rounds after an ankle injury, while chief goalscorer Roy O'Donovan has also been limited this season due to injury and suspension.

Kantarovski, Daniel Georgievski and Nigel Boogaard have all seen time on the sidelines, but the team that finished bottom of the league last season have still been able to finish second and secure a home Grand Final.

"Whenever we've lost a player (this season) the next one has just stepped up," said Merrick.

Newcastle Jets are 4/5 to lift the A-League championship trophy. The Jets are 8/5 to win the Grand Final in 90 minutes.

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