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Franjic strike keeps Phoenix winless

WELvBRIGoals from Matt Smith and Ivan Franjic handed the Brisbane Roar a fortunate 2-1 win in Wellington, after the Phoenix failed to capitalise on a series of opportunities.

Both sides took their time to settle but it was Wellington who started the better, attacking the ball with pace and consistently closing down the Roar’s defence to create turnovers.

Yet the first real opportunity of the game came to Brisbane in the 18th minute. A Broich free-kick pinballed around the box, eventually falling to an open Berisha, but the Albanian striker was unable to find the target.

Wellington continued to press and a McKay turnover in the 20th minute allowed Lia to put through Hernandez, whose pass across the box was intercepted by Theo.

Less than a minute later, the Phoenix should have been a goal up after a one-two put Huysegems into the box. However, instead of squaring the ball to Brockie for a simple tap-in, Huysegems elected to shoot – his effort easily saved by Theo.

Wellington’s play warranted a goal and it looked there in the 25th minute. Huysegems again cut through the Brisbane defence to be one-on-one with Theo and, despite an excellent save from the Roar ‘keeper, the ball rebounded to a free Brockie. Gifted the easiest of chances with an open goal in front of him, Brockie still managed to spray his shot well over the crossbar.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Dec 14, 2013, 3:30 PMStadium Westpac StadiumAttendance 6,174Referee Shaun Evans


Yellow Card14′ B.SigmundYellow Card18′ A.DuranteYellow Card45′ J.BrockiePenalty48′ C.Hernandez (Pen)Yellow Card66′ A.Riera


Yellow Card33′ B.BerishaGoal37′ M.SmithGoal74′ I.Franjic

Ten minutes later, Wellington were made to rue their missed chances. An innocuous free-kick from Broich found its way to the far-post, where an unsighted Matt Smith was able to outmuscle Sigmund to the ball and direct it into the back of the net.

The goal energised Brisbane and they finished the half stronger. Indeed, if Andrew Durante’s head didn’t stop two on-target efforts from Franjic and Berisha, the Roar could have been further ahead at the break.

It only took a minute into the second half for the Phoenix to find an equaliser. A Cunningham dive in the box was deemed worthy of a penalty, and fellow Costa Rican Carlos Hernandez smashed the spot kick home to level the match.

Wellington continued pressing and opportunities to Huysegems and Hernandez gave the home crowd a sense of optimism. Yet it all looked for nothing when Brisbane were also awarded a soft penalty in the 64th minute from what looked to be a clean Riera challenge. Berisha stepped up to take it but his weak effort was well saved by Moss.

Ten minutes later, though, and Brisbane would have the ascendancy. Picking up the ball on the wing, Franjic cut in around Muscat before curling a shot from the edge of the box past Moss to make it 2-1.

The rest of the contest was all Wellington, peppering in corner after corner, but an equaliser eluded them. An 85th minute shot from Riera came agonisingly close to going in but Brisbane managed to clear it off the line to take home all three points.

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