Wellington Phoenix finally take the victory over Sydney FC

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Wellington Phoenix have seized their first win over Sydney FC since being under Ufuk Talay’s management with a tense 1-0 victory

The match kicked off to a fairly slow start, with both sides in a clear attempt to hold onto possession early.

It was the away side to turn up the heat first. After some miscommunication in the Sky Blue backline and an unfortunate fumble from Andrew Redmayne, Oskar Zawada of the Phoenix was the first to find the back of the net.

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With Wellington suddenly in the lead, Sydney seemed to instantly switch on the aggression, making a few dangerous-looking progressions up the pitch.

Despite Sydney’s desperation to find an equaliser, their visitors continued to showcase their class in the attacking half, making promising pursuit after pursuit and holding possession for the most part.

As the first half entered its final minutes, the home side were kept on their toes, relying on scrambling defence and quick breaks to hold the dream of an equaliser before half time in their sights. However, Wellington were able to hold onto their 1-0 lead as they entered the second 45.

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The tensions were certainly heightened from both sides going into the second half. The pace became very back and forth as Wellington worked to solidify their lead, and Sydney worked to chase them down.

The Sky Blues pressed on, gradually deepening their mark on the Phoenix backline. There was some false hope for the home side in the 60th minute when Sydney finally found the back of the net from a powerful strike, only to be denied by a close offside call.

Just 10 minutes later, the even game being enjoyed at Allianz Stadium turned controversial, with Wellington midfielder Bozhidar Kraev shown a second yellow card, resulting in a harsh send off and leaving the Phoenix one man down for the remaining 20 minutes of the match.

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Tensions became heightened, and Wellington were suddenly reduced down to 9 men after a straight red card was awarded to substitute Nicholas Pennington for aggression towards another player.

After what felt like an endless scramble in Oliver Sail’s box, in the final seconds of the game, Sydney FC were given a double penalty after the first miss was followed by a second hand ball.

Looking for redemption, Adam Le Fondre stepped up to take the second penalty with just seconds remaining on the clock. He fired his shot wide of the post before slumping to his knees, while the Wellington team celebrated their first win over the Sky Blues under Talay’s leadership.

Sydney FC 0

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Oscar ZAWADA 10’)

 

Allianz Stadium

 

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Kearney Robinson, Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

 

Sydney FC: Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), James DONACHIE, Jack RODWELL, Paulo RETRE (Jaiden KUCHARSKI 87’), Adam LE FONDRE, Robert MAK, Patrick YAZBEK (Adrian SEGECIC 11’, Patrick WOOD 76’), Anthony CACERES, Diego CABALLO (Connor O’TOOLE 76’), Max BURGESS, Rhyan GRANT

Unused subs: Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, Aaron GURD

 

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Scott WOOTTON, Timothy PAYNE, Kosta BARBAROUSESS (Nicholas PENNINGTON 63’), Oskar ZAWADA (Joshua LAWS 73’), David BALL, Bozhidar KRAEV, Lucas MAURAGIS, Alex RUFER (Steven UGARKOVIC 63’), Callan ELLIOT, Clayton LEWIS

Unused subs: Alexander PAULSEN (GK), Benjamin OLD, Oskar VAN HATTUM, Yan SASSE

 

Feature Image Credit: Wellington Phoenix 

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Neve McGavock
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Studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Covering Sydney FC for the 2022/23 season.

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