Wellington ruin Reddy’s milestone match as Glory slump continues

-

Wellington Phoenix etched closer to finals after collecting three points in a 1-0 win over Perth Glory on Wednesday night.

Embed from Getty Images

The rain poured down moments after the opening whistle of the distance derby played on neutral ground at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney.

Wellington’s Gael Sandoval proved an early disturbance to Glory’s backline as his attempt at goal was punched out by skipper Liam Reddy, who featured in his 400th national league game.

Jaushua Sotirio was next to provide the visitors their closest shot at goal but Reddy had hands to it before the scoreline could be altered.

Embed from Getty Images

The first-half ended scoreless, with an in control but frustrated Wellington unable to capitalise as coach Ufuk Talay set expectations for this fixture as a “need to win”.

The whistle to open the second also opened the scoring, as Sandoval worked off a deflection to send a strike past Reddy in the 48th minute, gifting the Phoenix a 1-0 lead.

In the process, Glory suffered two blows as Trent Ostler and Jack Clisby were subbed off with suspected injuries.

The second-half allowed both sides to present a lift in play despite a back-and-forth game which continued until the final minutes before full-time.

Embed from Getty Images

Perth’s tendency to look for a late goal proved no favours to the ‘home’ side as their efforts towards the later end of the game were unable to save them from their 14th loss this season.

The distance derby ended 1-0 with Wellington Phoenix adding three points and boosting their finals hopes.

Perth Glory:  0

Wellington Phoenix: 1 (Gael SANDOVAL 48’)

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK)(C), Jack CLISBY (Joshua RAWLINS 56’), Antonee BURKE-GILROY (Tyler VECCHIO 71’), Mitchell OXBORROW (Callum TIMMINS 71’), Giordano COLLI, Trent OSTLER (Jayden GORMAN 35’), Darryl LACHMAN, Aidan COYNE, Jacob MUIR, Chris DONNELL, Joshua ANASMO (Pacifique NIYONGABIRE 71’).

Unused Subs: Cameron COOK (GK), Daniel STYNES

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK) (C), Scott WOOTTON, James MCGARRY, Timothy PAYNE, Gael SANDOVAL, David BALL (Benjamin WAINE 62’), Reno PISCOPO (Benjamin OLD 62’), Jaushua SOTIRIO (Riley BIDOIS 90+5′), Nicholas PENNINGTON, Callan ELLIOT (Louis FENTON 78’), Finn SURMAN

Unused Subs:  Alexander PAULSEN (GK), Matthew BOZINOVSKI, Jackson MANUEL

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

Referee: Lachlan Keevers

Assistant Referees: Andrej GIEV, Hugh FENTON-WHITE

Fourth Official: Sam KELLY

Feature Image credit: Vision Inspired Photography

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

Ash Ramos
Ash Ramos
Journalism student at Curtin University covering Perth Glory for the 2021/22 A-leagues season. Siuuu

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