Henrique masterclass helps Adelaide beat Wellington

-

A sensational firsthalf brace from Adelaide United striker Henrique has given Adelaide United a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium on Sunday evening, their first win of the season.

With Henrique making his first start since Round 3, Adelaide United looked a different outfit against the lacklustre ‘Nix, and spent the entire evening tormenting Ernie Merrick’s defenders in what turned out to be a fiery affair in front of 8,539 red-clad fans.

Henrique’s two goals came within 12 minutes of each other in the first half, and gave the Reds an intimidating lead at the break. In the 27th minute Henrique found Glen Moss’ left corner when the ball bounced in and out of the box before landing at the striker’s feet. From the edge of the area he belted a low drive through a sea of legs to send Coopers Stadium into an elated roar.

Twelve minutes later it was an audacious drive better than the first that doubled the lead. Isaias played a cheeky free kick from just outside the corner of the box back to the Brazilian, who belted his strike hard at the top right corner. No goalkeeper on the planet would have stopped it and Adelaide was going to the break two goals to the good.

Earlier, Wellington had chance to stamp an authoritative lead over the previously winless Reds when Roy Krishna took a spot kick in the 21st minute. United defender Dylan McGowan had tripped Adam Parkhouse in the box, and referee Stephen Lucas had no trouble pointing to the spot. Krishna stepped up but hit his shot too close to Eugene Galekovic, who dived low and right to parry it away

The penalty was just one of several tense moments in a match that was punctuated by yellow cards and few pushes and shoves. Wellington had four players booked and Adelaide two, and in both halves players tussled during breaks in play as things threatened to boil over.

But in spite of their physical intimidation, the Phoenix were unable to break down United’s resolution, and Pau Marti – who coached in lieu of the suspended Gui Amor – had the honour of guiding the home side to the first win of its Championship defence.

 

Adelaide United FC 2 (Henrique 27’, 39’)
Wellington Phoenix 0

Coopers Stadium
Attendance: 8, 539

Referee: Stephen Lucas
Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream, Paul Centrangolo
Fourth Official: Daniel Elder

Adelaide United FC: 1. GALEKOVIC, Eugene (C) (GK), 3. La ROCCA, Iacopo, 4. McGOWAN, Dylan (20’ yellow card), 7. HENRIQUE (MIEUSNIC, Nikola 72’), 8. ISAIAS (32’ yellow card) (MAKAROUNAS, Jesse 90’), 9. GUARDIOLA Sergio, 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo, 19. GARUCCIO, Benjamin, 21. ELRICH, Tarek, 22. KITTO, Ryan, 25. HOLLAND, James
Substitutes: 5. REGAN, Taylor, 13. MARINO, Marc, 16. MAKAROUNAS, Jesse, 17. MILEUSNIC, Nikola, 20. Hall, John

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS, Glen (GK), 2. TRATT, Jacob, 4. BONEVACIA, Rolieny (68’ yellow card), 7. FINKLER, Guilherme (RIDENTON, Matthew 76’), 8. RODRIGUEZ, Alex (11. WASTON, Hamish 61’), 9. BARBAROUSES, Kosta, 12. PARKHOUSE, Adam (FENTON, Louis 76’), 13. ROSSI, Michael, 17. LIA, Vince (yellow card 78’), 21. KRISHNA, Roy (5’ yellow card), 22. DURANTE, Andrew (C) (22’ yellow card)
Substitutes: 5. LOWRY, Ryan, 11. WATSON, Hamish, 16. FENTON, Louis, 20. ITALIANO, Lewis, 23. RIDENTON, Matthew

 

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required