Clinical Phoenix punish Glory

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Wellington Phoenix were clinical with their chances to deliver a 3-0 win to build the side’s momentum, after their slow start to the season.

Perth Glory began stronger and made more movements into Wellington’s box, but it was to no avail in the first 15 minutes.

Both sides looked to exploit the other down Diego Castro and Ulises Davila’s sides of the pitch as both were given licence to not perform their defensive duties.

Brandon Wilson had the first real chance of the game, as the ball broke to him on the edge of the box. Oliver Sail was down smartly to deny the first-time strike and was up to watch the rebound be fired over the crossbar by Andy Keogh.

No more than five minutes later, Keogh thought he had broken the deadlock. Neil Kilkenny’s ball over the top released the forward, only for it to be called back for offside.

Against the run of play, Reno Piscopo picked up the ball just inside Perth’s half and drove at the defence. He unleashed a strike, across Tando Velaphi, from outside the box to put the Nix ahead on the half-hour mark.

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Castro looked to square the ledger a couple of minutes later. He took his chances with a long range shot, however, Sail pushed it out for a corner.

Wellington doubled their lead after David Ball volleyed home from close range. The Nix pressed high and forced the turnover, with the ball being spread wide on the left to James McGarry.

He picked out Ball at the back post, who found the back of the net as it passed Velaphi.

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Chances were at a premium before half-time and the score remained unchanged going into the interval.

The beginning of the second half followed the pattern of the first – Perth enjoyed the majority of possession but were not creating too many opportunities with it.

Wellington yet again were clinical and scored a third against the run of play. Ben Waine scored with the second bite of the cherry, after Louis Fenton cut in and his shot parried into the danger zone.

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Perth were inexplicably denied minutes later after Sail made a double save to deny Bruno Fornaroli.

Reno Piscopo had the two best chances in the remainder of the game, however he could not claim his second of the game.

Wellington continued to stick to their task and went home with a well-earned three points and a clean sheet.

Wellington Phoenix: 3 (Piscopo 30′, Ball 35′, Waine 59′)

Perth Glory: 0

WIN Stadium

Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistants: Lance Greenshields & Scott Edeling
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Louis FENTON, Timothy PAYNE, Liam MCCGING, James MCCGARY, Alex RUFER, Clayton LEWIS (Cameron DEVLIN 67’), Ulises DAVILA (C), Reno PISCOPO, Benjamin WAINE (Tomer HEMED 77’), David BALL (Matthew RIDENTON 90’)

Unused subs: Stefan MARINOVIC (GK), Joshua LAWS, Charles LOKOLINGOY, Mirza MURATOVIC

Perth Glory: Tando VELAPHI GK, Dane INGHAM (Nicholas SULLIVAN 57’), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Darryl LACHMAN, Kosuke OTA (Joshua RAWLINS 65’), Neil KILKENNY, Brandon WILSON (Osama MALIK 57’), Daniel STYNES (Carlo ARMIENTO 75’), Andrew KEOGH (Nicholas D’AGOSTINO 65’), Bruno FORNAROLI, Diego CASTRO (C)

Unused subs: Liam REDDY (GK), Luke BODNAR

Feature Image Credit: Cameron McIntosh

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