Phoenix edge closer to the finals with victory over the Jets

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For the first time in six weeks, Wellington Phoenix were back at Sky Stadium as they welcomed Newcastle Jets who have beaten the Phoenix in five of their last seven games.

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Chances were not a plenty for majority of the first half. Despite that, it looked like one of the teams could have opened the scoring early on.

Oskar Zawada received a well-timed ball over the top for which he hit over the bar not troubling Newcastle Jets keeper Jack Duncan.

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The Jets arguably had the best chance of the first half, an open-goal for which the shot was deflected off a diving Phoenix body.

About 10 minutes later, Bozhidar Kraev had an open-goal chance for which his shot was cleared away by one of Newcastle’s chasing defenders.

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It wasn’t until the last seven minutes of the first half where we saw action. Callan Elliot was able to pounce off a Duncan area to smack the ball clean into the bottom-left corner for what was his first ever A-League Men’s goal.

Around six minutes later, the Nix were awarded a penalty after referee Shaun Evans went to VAR for a handball in the area. Zawada calmly slotted his penalty in the bottom-left corner just past the body of a committed Duncan.

The second half was much different. However, it was Newcastle who created more opportunities than the hosts.

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The visitors started the second 45 strong, a ball swung in from the right-hand side met the diving leg of Manabu Saito as he tapped the ball past Wellington Phoenix keeper Oli Sail to find the back of the net.

The Jets had a chance about 20 minutes later where a shot from outside the box deflected off a Wellington defender and crawled past the left-hand post, just missing the goal.

10 minutes later, Newcastle created a great chance inside the box. The shot parried away by Sail to his left-hand side.

Even though the Jets had plenty of chances in a dominant second-half showing, it was a strong defensive effort from the Phoenix who held on to all three points with a 2-1 win.

What’s next for both teams? Well the Nix travel up the North Island to Auckland where they will host Sydney FC next Sunday afternoon while Newcastle return home to face Adelaide United next Saturday evening.   

Wellington Phoenix 2 (Callan Elliot 40’, Oskar Zawada 45+6′ pen)

Newcastle Jets 1 (Manabu Saito 51’)

Sky Stadium

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Mark Rule and Issac Trevis

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Scott WOOTON, Steven UGARKOVIC, Timothy PAYNE, Oskar ZAWADA (Oskar VAN HATTUM 90’+6), David BALL (Kosta BARBAROUSES 54’), Bozhidar KRAEV, Lucas MAURAGIS, Alex RUFER, Callan ELLIOT (Nikko BOXALL 90’+6), Yan SASSE (Joshua LAWS 64’)

Unused subs: Benjamin OLD, Nicholas PENNINGTON, Alexander PAULSEN (GK)

Newcastle Jets: Jack DUNCAN (GK), Dane INGHAM (Thomas AQUILINA 84’), Jason HOFFMAN, Manabu SAITO (Daniel STYNES 80’), Matthew JURMAN, Brandon O’NEILL (Beka DARTSMELIA 78’), Trent BUHAGIAR, Jaushua SOTIRIO, Kostandinos GROZOS, Carl JENKINSON, Angus THURGATE

Unused subs: Mohammed AL-TAAY, Michael WEIER (GK), Phillip CANCAR, Mark NATTA

Featured image credit: Photomac 

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Nick Jensen
Nick Jensen
Journalism Student at Massey University Wellington and a passionate Football Fan, covering the Wellington Phoenix Men and Women for the 2022/23 season.

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