Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Soccer

Wellington stun Wanderers with big win

See also

Wellington Phoenix have continued their rich run of form as they stunned the league with a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday night.

More Photos

Missing Paul Ifil and Carlos Hernandez to injury it seemed unlikely coming in that Wellington would get the result but they pulled off a memorable result despite losing another two players to injury during the match.

For Western Sydney it ends their home run and the dreams of fortress Paramatta as they fell to their first loss at home in 360 days, just five short of the year, their last coming January 6th when they lost to the Central Coast 2-0 at home.

Both sides really struggled in the opening stages as possession changed hands regularly with neither side really able to force the issue for the opening half hour.

The first real shot came in the 30th minute with a shot from distance from Aaron Mooy who volleyed an effort from the edge of the area that Glen Moss bobbled before the Phoenix defense cleared it away.

Wellington started to work in to the match as well, starting to hold more possession but they still struggled to threaten Ante Covic in the Wanderers goal.

It was the Wanderers who were having the bulk of the chances in the final stages of the first half with Youssouf Hersi and Mark Bridge nearly linking up perfectly for a goal only for Hersi's effort to be much too tame.

As the half drew to a close Shinji Ono nearly had the opener as Jerome Polenz found the Japanese star with a cross but Ono could only find the woodwork as the half ended scoreless.

At the start of the second half the Wanderers thought they had claims for a penalty as Hersi and Andrew Durante collided only for the referee to call play on.

In the 62nd minute the Wanderers finally had their goal as Shinji Ono chipped the defense, allowing Mark Bridge to run on to the ball and, in turn, chip Moss to open the scoring.

That seemed to inspire Wellington and they restored parity just six minutes later as Stein Huysegems got in behind the Wanderers and sent a ball across the face, allowing Tyler Boyd to slide in and tap home his first ever A-League goal.

Ten minutes later Wellington had the lead as Huysegems stole possession from Mooy before skinning Nikolai Topor-Stanley and hitting an impressive strike to the top left hand corner.

With seven minutes to play Huysegems sealed all three points as Boyd centered for Huysegems who was able to back-heel the ball in to the back of the net for a memorable away win.

For all the latest Australian Football news please subscribe and follow the writer on twitter.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    Video
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Video
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!