Krishna-inspired Phoenix stun Sydney FC

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All-time top goal scorer Roy Krishna scored a double and Steven Taylor secured his first A-League goal as Wellington Phoenix shocked Sydney FC 3-1 yesterday.

Ninth placed Phoenix started strongly in the first half with chances to both Armando Sosa Pena and Roy Krishna which were kept out by Sydney’s goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne.

Sydney briefly took over momentum of the match, with Adam Le Fondre missing an opportunity to put his side in front early in the game when his volley from Paulo Retre’s cross flew over the top from within the six yard box.

Wellington Phoenix went in front in the 21st minute when Sarpreet Singh’s killer pass put the ball onto the path of Roy Krishna, who calmly slotted it into the bottom right corner. The club’s all-time top goal scorer finished again in the 30th minute, this time from a Sosa Pena through ball. Krishna’s left foot finish slid past Redmayne, making it 2-0 to Wellington.

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Sydney FC retaliated quickly and forced an own goal from the Phoenix, but their effort was deemed offside by the assistant referee.

Steven Taylor’s first A-League goal made it three to Wellington in the 38th minute. Liberato Cacace’s curling long ball into the box was met by a powerful header from Taylor. Sydney FC went into the locker room 3-0 down at half time.

Sydney FC became frustrated throughout the second half, as referee Jonathan Barreiro denied two Sky Blue penalties for contact and waived a third minutes later for an alleged handball. A number of time-wasting substitutes and injuries for Wellington added insult to injury for the Sky Blues.

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Sydney created a few attacking chances in the second 45 minutes, namely through Adam Le Fondre and substitute Daniel Da Silva. Their efforts were not rewarded until the 89th minute when Michael Zullo put the Sky Blues on the scoresheet, making the final score 3-1 to Wellington.

Sydney FC will be looking to return to their winning ways against rivals Western Sydney Wanderers in the second Sydney derby of the season next weekend. Round eight will see Wellington Phoenix host bottom of the table Central Coast Mariners, where they have their eyes set on another victory in the hopes of climbing further up the ladder.

Sydney FC 1 (Michael Zullo 89’)

Wellington Phoenix 3 (Roy Krishna 21’, 30’, Steven Taylor 38’)

Stadium: Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant referee: Owen Goldrick and James Cleal

Fourth official: Benjamin Abraham

Sydney FC:  Andrew Redmayne (GK), Alexander Wilkinson, Jop Van Der Linden, Joshua Brilliante, Michael Zullo, Paulo Retre, Adam Le Fondre, Milos Ninkovic, Rhyan Grant, Alex Brosque, Brandon O’Neill, Siem De Jong (45’), Daniel Da Silva (65’), Luke Ivanovic (79’)

Unused subs: Aleksander Cisak (GK), Aaron Calver

Wellington Phoenix: Armando Sosa Pena, Nathan Burns, Liberato Cacace, Alex Rufer, Michal Kopzcynski, Louis Fenton, Sarpreet Singh, Oliver Sail (GK), Roy Krishna, Andrew Durante, Steven Taylor, David Williams (59’), Thomas Doyle (67’), Dylan Fox (80’)

Unused subs: Max Burgess, Ante Covic (GK)

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Lani Johnson
Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.

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