Wellington stunned Western Sydney with a 3-1 victory at Parramatta tonight. The Phoenix will be on a high with three victories in a row. Western Sydney will be seeking to regroup after a rare loss before facing Sydney in the next round.
Wellington started the match on the attack but had to back peddle quickly back to defensive mode as the Wanderers matched their enthusiasm. Michael Beauchamp was a welcome addition to the Wanderers line up but needed some assistance with he knee injury in first couple of minutes.
The crossbar was a hurdle to the Wanderers in the first half with two perfect shots that were just millimetres away from goals. Tomi Juric (14m) header was slightly off target and Sinji Ono equally unlucky with a shot from in front of the goal.
Wellington dominated possession in the first half (60:40) but Western Sydney had more chances with 7 shots – 5(7-5).
The sunset during the half time break and the game went into scoring mode.
The Wanderers opened the scoring after placing Wellington under pressure with a number of successive shots on goal. Some fancy footwork by Sinji Ono setup Mark Bridge for the first points of the match (61m).
Minutes later Wellington turned the match around equalised the scoreline with a goal from Boyd easily tapping the ball past the back post.
The new year nightmare continued for the Wanderers with two more goals for Wellington. Stein Huysegems, easily the man of the match scored the next two goals (77m and 83m). The Wanderers sloppy defence didn’t help with Wellington able to score some easy goals.
Wellington played an amazing second half and secured the three points.
The big local derby with Sydney FC set to face a full house at Wanderland. Didn’t Sydney FC lose at home last time?
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