Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United: A-League live scores

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    Dario Vidosic in his days at Adelaide United. APP Image/David Mariuz

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    Wellington V Adelaide

    WELLINGTON REGIONAL STADIUM, WELLINGTON, 24 FEBRUARY 2013

     
    Wellington Match Completed Adelaide
    2 FINAL SCORE 2
    1 HALF TIME SCORE 2
    15 SHOTS 7
    10 SHOTS ON GOAL 5
    13 FOULS 13
    13 CORNERS 4
    3 OFFSIDES 1
    49 POSSESSION 51

    Wellington Phoenix get one final chance to revive their season this afternoon when they host Adelaide United, a side mired in their own mid-season slump. We’ll have minute-by-minute updates from 2.30pm AEDT.

    The inconsistency of all six sides below the top four has left the possibility of a finals berth open for Wellington, but with each week bringing continued mediocrity it is hard to see them taking it.

    If anything can turn their fortunes around it is the considerable advantage the Phoenix have built at Westpac Stadium. They play here this afternoon and then host sixth-placed Newcastle on Wednesday evening, and two positive results mean Ricki Herbert’s side would again be in finals contention.

    They won’t get a better chance than here against an Adelaide outfit ready for the taking, heading across the Tasman having lost four from their past five matches.

    Michael Valkanis undoubtedly needs to be given more time to implement his own methods on the team, but the situation is becoming more urgent given there is only six matches remaining before the finals.

    The eight-point break they currently hold over fifth-placed Sydney should ensure the Reds hold onto fourth spot and a first-round home final, but they’ll make no imprint on the A-League championship race the way they’re travelling now.

    In this situation it should ordinarily be easy to tip Wellington at home, but this team inspire little confidence in that result and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the points shared.

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    6' YELLOW CARD - Jonathon McKain (Adelaide)

    8' YELLOW CARD - Osama Malik (Adelaide)

    20' GOAL - Tomi Juric (Adelaide)

    31' GOAL - Jeremy Brockie (Wellington)

    34' GOAL - Marcelo Adrián Carrusca (Adelaide)

    50' YELLOW CARD - Manny Muscat (Wellington)

    69' RED CARD - Jonathon McKain (Adelaide)

    79' YELLOW CARD - Nigel Boogard (Adelaide)

    80' GOAL - Corey Gameiro (Wellington)

    90 + 1' YELLOW CARD - Evan Kostopoulos (Adelaide)

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    • Editor

      4:34pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:34pm | ! Report

      Wellington will remain bottom on 21 points, six points adrift of Newcastle in sixth, while the Reds will move above Melbourne Victory on goal difference.

      That will be all from this, next up we have Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill stepping out for Sydney FC against Melbourne Heart.

    • Editor

      4:32pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:32pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME: Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      So, a valiant performance in the end from Wellington to earn a point after trailing for most of the second half. They might have gotten lucky with the goal in the first half, but sustained pressure in the leadup to the second goal was rewarded by Gameiro’s sweet volley.

      In the context of their season not really enough for the Phoenix, but they get another chance on Wednesday night when they host Newcastle, a side with a questionable record in the land of the long white cloud.

      For Adelaide, more laissez-faire defending means they again throw away points, and they’ll now be without Jon McKain next week after he was sent off for two yellows cards.

    • Editor

      4:29pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:29pm | ! Report

      90 + 5′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      One final wave of attack for the Phoenix…they try several miracle balls into the eighteen but it amounts to nothing, and Adelaide will take the throw in. Should be about it.

    • Editor

      4:28pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:28pm | ! Report

      90 + 4′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      One minute to go here in Wellington. The home side really need all three points but it looks like they will have to settle for only one.

    • Editor

      4:27pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:27pm | ! Report

      90 + 4′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      13th corner of the afternoon for Wellington. Surely it’s time for Paston to come up?

      • Editor

        4:27pm
        Chad Bennett said | 4:27pm | ! Report

        But he doens’t and the ball falls to Ben Sigmund, who wins the header but cannot direct it on goal.

    • Editor

      4:26pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:26pm | ! Report

      90 + 3′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      As they have done several times this afternoon, the Phoenix create a turnover within the Reds back four and Brockie is driving at the box with options, but he can’t make a decisive move and the scrambling Reds defence can clear.

    • Editor

      4:25pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:25pm | ! Report

      90 + 1′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      Good news for Nix fans, with FIVE minutes to be added on. On the pitch they have a corner, which is taken by Bertos but it is well overhit and it trickles over the byline on the opposing side.

    • Editor

      4:24pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:24pm | ! Report

      90′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      Bertos’ turn to drive down the flank, this time the right, in search of space to turn a cross in toward Gameiro and Brockie. He can’t find that space though, and it is sliced over for a goal kick.

    • Editor

      4:22pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:22pm | ! Report

      87′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      That’s nice from the substitute, Tyler Boyd. Cuts past Golec, and then schools Cassio before getting the cross over, during which Ifill fouls and the play is stopped. while Malik lays prone on the ground and requires treatment.

      In case you haven’t noticed, it’s all Wellington at the moment. Time is becoming scarce, though.

    • Editor

      4:20pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:20pm | ! Report

      86′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      GALEKOVIC!! Might be prone to the odd brain explosion but Galekovic is a quality keeper. This time he is tipping a shot from the edge of the ara from Paul Ifill, keeping his side in the game. From the corner, Huysegems is able to head down toward goal but he hits it too well, and it bounces over the bar for a goal kick.

    • Editor

      4:18pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:18pm | ! Report

      85′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      GREAT strike off the right from Corey Gameiro, and this time it is Galekovic who is scrambling, knocking the ball over for a corner. He’s done well there. Wellington with all the momentum now, plenty of time for them to find the winner.

    • Editor

      4:17pm
      Chad Bennett said | 4:17pm | ! Report

      84′ Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Adelaide United

      Adelaide still have plenty in attack, and Vidosic calls Moss into action, turning a header from near the penalty spot at goal, forcing the Phoenix keeper into a diving save.

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