Understrength Wellington claim first point at new home

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After blowing respective leads in the second half, both Wellington Phoenix and Western Sydney Wanderers will feel disappointed in having to settle for a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon.

The action commenced with a few early corners going the way of the visitors, however it was the hosts who got on the scoresheet first.

Mirza Muratovic scored after being put through by Davila. It took the young forward two bites at the cherry after initially being foiled by Margush. The ball landed back at the feet of the attacker who finished into an empty net.

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Tate Russell received the game’s first caution after being booked for bringing down Reno Piscopo on the counter. It was Piscopo who had the next major chance when he struck the apex of the goal with a right-footed half-volley that was struck with some serious venom.

Muratovic then looked to double his and his side’s tally as he blasted over the bar on the volley.

Nicolai Muller gave Oliver Sail something to think about as he cut back inside onto his right foot. His curling effort however flew over Sail’s goal.

Davila counterattacked from a defensive corner, where he slipped in Reno Piscopo who was closed down by Margush well.

Just before half-time the Phoenix failed to clear their lines. The ball broke to Kwame Yeboah, whose shot was put behind the by Sail.

The Phoenix in to half-time up by a goal, despite having less of the possession, and the Wanderers went in frustrated.

At the start of the second half Bernie Ibini flashed a cross through the six-yard-box that Yeboah just couldn’t get on the end of, making the intentions of the visitors very clear.

The Phoenix skipper, Davila, was the next in the referee’s book for his unnecessary sliding challenge on Muller.

The Wanderers did manage to equalise in the 71st minute with a well worked set-piece. O’Doherty’s clipped free-kick into the back post found Keanu Baccus who cut the ball back across to Kwame Yeboah who had a free header, past the helpless Sail.

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Bruce Kamau then put the visitors ahead after Daniel WIlmering picked him out at the back post making it 2-1.

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The Wanderers hard work getting back into the game came undone however, as the Phoenix equalised no more than two minutes later.

The Phoenix conjured up almost a carbon copy of the Wanderer’s equaliser to equalise themselves. Davila clipped a ball to the far post, picking out Alex Rufer who then headed back across goal with Louis Fenton heading home to make it two-all.

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Both teams failed to create any clear-cut opportunities in their search for a winner with the spoils being shared, and will feel they should have gotten more out of the match.

The Phoenix picking up their first point at their new home in Wollongong means they’ll undoubtedly be the happier of the two sides, particularly given their long injury list.

 

Wellington Phoenix 2 (Muratovic 9’, Fenton 78’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Yeboah 71’, Kamau 76’)

WIN Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant Referees: Owen Godrick, & Matthew McCorist
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Louis FENTON, Timothy PAYNE, Liam MCCGING, James MCCGARY, Alex RUFER, Clayton LEWIS, Mirza MURATOVIC (Charles LOKOLINGOY 77’), Ulises DAVILA (Matthew RIDENTON 87’), Reno PISCOPO (Cameron DEVLIN 64’), Benjamin WAINE
Unused subs: Stefan MARINOVIC (GK), Te Atawhai Hudson WIHONGI, Sam SUTTON, Joshua LAWS

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Tate RUSSELL, Zygmunt GORDON, Dylan MCCGOWAN, Mark NATTA, Daniel WILMERING (Thomas AQUALINA 87’), Jordan O’DOHERTY (Jordon MUTCH 76’), Keanu BACCUS, Nicolai MULLER (Bruce KAMAU 68’), Kwame YEBOAH (Mitchell DUKE 76’), Bernie IBINI (Simon COX 68’)
Unused subs: Noah JAMES (GK), Daniel GEORGEVSKI

Feature Image Credit: Chris Ball

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