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Wellington Phoenix defended their territory to secure their first win of the season. Brisbane however were unable to ride the wave of form from their win against City last time out.
Wellington opened the scoring early on through captain Steven Taylor rising at the back post and meeting a Ulises Davila cross to head it down past Max Crocombe.
Brisbane came close to an equaliser when Aaron Amadi-Holloway found Jordan Courtney-Perkins ghosting in at the top of the box.
Courtney-Perkins’ first-time strike was sweet, but Taylor had swept back behind the goalkeeper and was able to clear it off the line.
Brisbane were continuing their slow build-up approach and Wellington were only happy to oblige. Wellington’s defence held on into half time.
Brisbane made a series of changes in the opening minutes of the second half, but they conceded again in the 49th minute through Davila.
The next half hour was more of the same. Brisbane were building up slowly, Wellington were happy to let them and they were set for the counter.
Davila scored another goal on the end of a counter, but it was ruled out for offside. VAR confirmed the linesman’s decision.
Brisbane eventually broke through Wellington’s defence through Bradden Inman. Inman played the ball with pace across the box and Mauk was there to tap it in.
The final five minutes had the most intensity Brisbane showed all match, but Wellington were able to hang on for the win.
Wellington travel to face Adelaide next week, while Brisbane return home where they will host Central Coast.
Wellington Phoenix 2
Brisbane Roar 1
Wellington host the opening match of this triple-header Saturday as Brisbane head across the ditch. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5pm (AEDT).
Wellington had the bye last weekend to help with their heavy number of New Zealand national team representatives. Stefan Marinovic, Liberato Cacace, Callum McCowatt, Tim Payne and Alex Rufer all featured in New Zealand’s squad for the two friendlies against Ireland and Lithuania, while Reno Piscopo was with the Olyroos.
Brisbane meanwhile came from behind against the top of the table Melbourne City to record their first win of the season. A Roy O’Donovan hat-trick and a goal from Aaron Amadi-Holloway was enough to outscore a Jamie Maclaren hat-trick.
Both teams have produced some exciting football so far this season. Most of Brisbane’s came in the second half against City, whereas Wellington have proven a good watch throughout.
Despite this, both teams sit out of the finals. Brisbane in 7th and Wellington last in 11th. Wellington picking up their only point so far in their last match before the bye in a draw against the struggling Victory.
Wellington have Gary Hooper returns from his quad injury, while Louis Fenton’s shoulder will see him miss at least another week. Liam McGing and Walter Scott are both included in the long squad.
For Brisbane, Aaron Reardon comes into the squad along with Aiden O’Neill who missed the City match amidst some confusion regarding his eligibility.
O’Neill was declared unavailable to be picked for the Olyroos friendlies due to a “travel issue” and Brisbane were told they would not be allowed to name him in the match day squad.
Brisbane manager Robbie Fowler was vocal about their forced omission after the match. Further enraged by City being allowed to include two players that were unavailable for the Olyroos due to disciplinary reason.
As much as Wellington deserve to get off the bottom of the table, Brisbane look to have sorted their scoring woes and will come into this match in better form. Wellington should still score at least once.
Wellington 1 – 2 Brisbane
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Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
When: Saturday, 23rd November, 7:15 (NZ) 5:00pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports 505, Kayo Sports, ABC.
Referee: Adam Kersey
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Lindsay
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Jones
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
1.Stefan Marinovic, 2.Liam McGing, 3.Luke DeVere, 4.Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, 5.Matti Steinmann, 6.Tim Payne, 7.Reno Piscopo, 8.Cameron Devlin, 9.David Ball, 10.Ulises Davila, 11.Jaushua Sotirio, 13.Liberato Cacace, 14.Alex Rufer, 20.Oliver Sail, 21.Callum McCowatt, 23.Walter Scott, 27.Steven Taylor (c), 31.Ben Waine, 32. Sam Sutton, 88. Gary Hooper.
1.Max Crocombe, 2.Scott Neville, 4.Daniel Bowles, 5.Tom Aldred (c), 6.Macaulay Gillesphey, 7.Jai Ingham, 8.Jacob Pepper, 9.Roy O’Donovan, 10.Bradden Inman, 12.Aiden O’Neill, 13.Stefan Mauk, 14.George Mells, 15.Aaron Reardon, 20.Aaron Amadi-Holloway, 21.Jamie Young, 22.Jake McGing, 23.Dylan Wenzel-Halls, 25.Rahmat Akbari, 26.Jay O’Shea, 29.Jordan Courtney-Perkins.