Wellington Phoenix were dealt a cruel blow in injury time as Milos Nikovic snatched a dramatic winner for Sydney FC in Wellington.

It was two wins in two for Sydney coming into this match and they looked to continue that streak against the Phoenix.

Both teams fronted strong line-ups from the outset, the visitors fielding the same side that won in Round Two, and Tom Doyle coming in at left back for new recruit Adam Parkhouse for the ‘Nix.

It was the home team who started the brighter, Roy Krishna was freed down the left early by an excellent McGlinchey ball. Barbarouses’ touch was then found wanting as Vukocic beared down on him.

The ‘Nix looked in the mood, McGlinchey and Barbarouses combining well on a number of occasions.

It was this same All Whites combination who thought they had the first goal of the game, McGlinchey’s goal from close range rightly called offside after excellent wide play from Barbarouses.

The first chance for Sydney came in the 32nd minute, David Carney’s shot tipped onto the crossbar from close range. Glen Moss continuing his impressive start to the new season.

But if Sydney thought that would change the tide, they were mistaken as the chances continued to flow for the Phoenix

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Tom Doyle’s header was expertly tipped onto the post by Danny Vukovic.

The Phoenix could count themselves unlucky not to be ahead at the break, Roy Krishna incorrectly ruled offside as he rounded the keeper, playing the ball into an empty net.

The ‘Nix were doing everything but score as they headed to the sheds at halftime with the scores still locked at 0-0.

The home side took time to find their feet in the second half, although as time drew on they began to regain momentum.

Roy Krishna came close to breaking the deadlock, his looping header landing on top of the net with Vukovic left stranded following a corner.

Sydney struggled to impose themselves throughout, never providing the attacking spark that saw them score eight goals in their opening two encounters.

David Carney had a golden chance to opening the scoring in the final quarter of an hour, but saw his shot sail wide after expertly turning Jacob Tratt inside the box.

As for the Phoenix, they could feel aggrieved that they weren’t getting the rub of the green by the officials, another incorrect decision halted a gallivanting Barbarouses who was in on goal with the keeper.

It wasn’t until injury time that the goal did finally come, Matt Simon laying in Milos Ninkovic for the easiest of finishes.

Sydney left Wellington lucky to come away with all three points and the Phoenix must be wondering what they have to do in order to get off the mark this season.

Up next for the Wellington Phoenix is a trip to Melbourne where they will meet the Victory while Sydney head to Newcastle to face the Jets.

Wellington Phoenix 0
Sydney FC 1 (Ninkovic 90+1′)

Westpac Stadium

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: James Tesoriero, Sarah Jones
Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS Glen 2. JACOB Tratt 4. BONEVACIA Rolieny 7. FINKLER Guilherme (11. WATSON Hamish 79’) 9. BARBAROUSES Costa (23. RIDENTON Matthew 90’) 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael 11. 13. ROSSI Marco 17. LIA Vince (c) 19. DOYLE Thomas (PARKHOUSE Adam 45’) 21. KRISHNA Roy 22. DURANTE Andrew
Substitutes: 12. 14. RUFER Alex 20. ITALIANO Lewis

Syndey FC: 20.VUKOVIC Danny 4. WILKINSON Alexander 5. JURMAN Matthew 6. BRILLANTE Joshua 7. ZULLO Michael 9. Bobô (18. SIMON Matt 70’)10. NINKOVIC Milos 13. O’NEILL Brandon 17. CARNEY David 21. HOLOSKO (14. BROSQUE Alex 60’) Filip 23. Rhyan GRANT
Substitutes: 1. JANJETOVIC Vedran 8. DIMITRIJEVIC, Milos 22. RYALL Sebastian

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