Phoenix take first win of the season

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Wellington Phoenix finally got their stuttering campaign into gear with a 2-0 win over the Brisbane Roar, who could not repeat their heroic comeback from the previous week.

After a cagey opening ten minutes, Wellington would get the first goal from the most unlikely source: their captain and defender Steven Taylor.

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Ulises Dávila crossed from the edge of the box following a short corner and Taylor was there to head home the 1-0 lead.

Taylor showed his worth at the other end of the pitch seven minutes later, making a goal-line clearance from 17-year-old Jordan Courtney-Perkins’ shot.

Taylor’s contribution lead to chants of “Steven Taylor’s yellow army” from the Phoenix faithful – a chant usually reserved for the coach.

The first half was an exciting one with end to end action but few actual shots on target. Alex Rufer’s 40th minute shot from point-blank range was probably the best chance of the first half bar the goal.

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After assisting the opener, Dávila would be next on the score sheet. In the 49th minute, he beat two Roar defenders before taking a shot from outside the box to whistle in past Roar goalkeeper Max Crocombe to make it 2-0. 

The goal gave the Nix confidence, and the next few minutes were spent all down the Roar’s end.

There were shouts for a penalty from the Nix later on in the half when Stefen Mauk appeared to pull Jaushua Sotirio down following his run in the box.

The Phoenix thought they had made it three in the 64th minute when Dávila put another in the net, however, the referee ruled it off for offside. 

A long shot by Aiden O’Neill was the best Brisbane could muster until the final few minutes.

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Dávila had another chance to make it three just after the 80-minute mark but his shot from point-blank went over the bar. 

O’Donovan’s late goal would be pulled back for offside, but a few minutes after Mauk would do it for real this time, sending one in from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 2-1.

Brisbane had some more attempts in the late stages, but Marinovic showed the league his goalkeeping abilities.

Thankfully for the Phoenix, the late surge did not affect the end result as the Kiwis collected three points for the first time this season. 

Wellington Phoenix: 2 (Taylor 10′, Dávila 49′)
Brisbane Roar: 1 (Mauk 86′)

Westpac Stadium
Attendance: 6790

Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referees:
Andrew Lindsay, Sarah Jones
Fourth Official:
Benjamin Abraham
VAR:
Kris Griffiths-Jones

Brisbane Roar: Max CROCOMBE (GK), Scott NEVILLE, Tom ALDRED (C), Macaulay GILLESPHEY, Jacob PEPPER, Roy O’DONOVAN, Stefan MAUK, Aaron HOLLOWAY (Brad INMAN 45’), Jake MCGING (Jai INGHAM 50’), James O’SHEA, Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS (Aiden O’NEILL 68’)

Unused subs: Jamie YOUNG (GK), Daniel BOWLES, Dylan WENZEL HALLS

Wellington Phoenix: Stefan MARIOVIC (GK), Luke DEVERE, Matti STEINMANN, Tim PAYNE, David BALL, Ulises DAVILA (Liam MCGING 88′), Jaushua SOTIRIO (Ben WAINE 86′), Liberato CACACE, Alex RUFER, Callum MCCOWATT (Cameron DEVLIN 65’), Steven TAYLOR (C) 

Unused subs: Oliver SAIL (GK), Liam MCGING, Reno PISCOPO, Sam SUTTON, Gary HOOPER

Feature image credit: Cameron McIntosh

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The Football Sack's resident teen kiwi football nut. Loves everything football except defeats.

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