A lustrous A-League future seemingly beckons for Newcastle after their youth brigade dazzled in a 6-1 demolition of Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
While neither club has qualified for the finals, the Jets can be optimistic about the energy and polish provided by Joey Champness and Angus Thurgate who stunned a Roar outfit with little to play for except a fitting departure for retiring captain Matt McKay.
Champness, 21, and Roy O'Donovan scored two goals each while 19-year-old midfielder Thurgate was responsible for much of the Jets' momentum.
Coach Ernie Merrick was humble in victory, citing the Roar's long list of injured and suspended players.
But there was no denying the quality of Merrick's rebuilding campaign in Newcastle.
"I particularly targeted this game to give some of the younger boys a run," he said.
"We left out a lot of good quality senior players."
"Angus and Joey were probably our best two players."
It was a memorable night also for 17-year-old Jet Jack Simmons who came off the bench for his A-League debut.
Only 7985 spectators attended the Roar's worst ever A-League defeat and there is little hope any more will bother to turn up to the club's final home game next Thursday against Adelaide United.
They gave themselves a chance by clawing back to 2-1 early in the second half but another youngster, Ivan Vujica, put the result beyond them when his perfect cross found O'Donovan for his second goal.
McKay's defensive colleagues seemed ill-equipped to handle nearly everything the Jets threw at them early.
The Roar's right flank was probed, picked apart and outpaced by the visitors' well-organised attackers.
"We've got young boys out there and I'll stick up for them to the very end," Roar coach Darren Davies said.
"They're absolutely knackered. They're giving all they've got."
The only positive news for the home side was a first A-League goal for Zachary Duncan.
Newcastle had a handful of chances before the Roar finally cracked.
Champness was the common denominator, opening the scoring with a beautifully angled strike that left keeper Jamie Young no chance.
Minutes later, he was the provider as he glided past the defence before turning a cross infield for O'Donovan to send the Jets up 2-0.
Australian Associated Press