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Phoenix take top spot behind Krishna brace

It was a tough contest in Perth on Saturday night between Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix, as both sides battled to take the top of the table spot. However, it was the Wellington Phoenix who proved that they should be top of the table, with a vital 2-1 win at nib Stadium.

After some moderately heavy rainfall during the day, the weather had cleared up and the playing conditions were perfect for the top of the table clash.

Both Roly Bonevacia and Ruben Zadkovich were outstanding for their respective teams throughout the game and never looked like giving up without a fight.

It was clear from kick off that both teams were desperate for the win and Wellington made the first attack as Roy Krishna took an early shot within the first couple of minutes of play. However, Danny Vukovic was able to save the ball comfortably for the Glory.

Krishna opened the scoreboard giving the New Zealand side a 1-0 lead. After receiving a long pass down field, Louis Fenton whipped the ball across the front of the box and Krishna was able to deflect a clearance by Glory’s Josh Risdon into the back of the empty net.

However, Glory answered within a few minutes, with a ‘striking’ goal from Ruben Zadkovich that had the 9,178 crowd on their feet; belting the ball into the top corner of the net off the upright, from what looked to be about a 30 yard shot.

That was enough to grab the momentum for the Glory, as they had seemed to lack urgency earlier in the game. A shot over the top of the bar by Risdon was enough to get the crowd raring to go minutes later.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Mar 14, 2015, 9:30 PMStadium NIB StadiumAttendance 9,178Referee Chris Beath

Perth

Goal29′ R.Zadkovich

Wellington

Goal23′ R.KrishnaGoal78′ R.KrishnaYellow Card80′ J.Hicks

Leading into half time, Glory looked desperate to take the lead. With Dragan Paljic coming down the wing and lining up the shot nicely, it seemed to be that he was on target to score the next goal. However, the ball was well defended and deflected away by Wellington’s Ben Sigmund.

Wellington retaliated with a shot at goal, but Glory’s Vukovic was able to save and both teams went back to the sheds level at 1-1 at the end of the first half.

The second half had a firing start as both teams tried to narrow in for an early goal. It wasn’t to be and the score would remain at 1-1.

A change for Glory, as Jamie Maclaren came onto the field as fresh legs, saw Perth up the ante. The youngster made a valuable contribution to his side as he made an early attempt at goal, unfortunately going just over the bar.

Glory’s Andy Keogh went in for a goal shortly after, but the ball was deflected and saved by Glen Moss, leaving the score at 1-1 with just over 15 minutes left of play.

Wellington’s Krishna had an outstanding game as he went in for his second goal. Racing against two Glory defenders, he got around Scott Jamieson before shooting the ball inside Vukovic’s near post to give Wellington a 2-1 lead.

Coming off the bench, Wellington’s Jason Hicks made an attempt to further extend the Phoenix lead but the ball was shot narrowly across the front of the net.

In what was a nail biting finish for Glory fans, the team fought down to the last second of play. A corner kept their hopes alive, but the ball was defended well by Wellington — the visiting team walking away at the final whistle with the 2-1 win.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Roy Krishna (Wellington Phoenix)
2 Ruben Zadkovich (Perth Glory)
1 Roly Bonevacia (Wellington Phoenix)
Youth Roly Bonevacia (Wellington Phoenix)

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avatarGemma is a freelance journalist, and a contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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  • britesparke

    Who would have thought! The Phoenix have well and truly risen in the HAL and have asserted themselves to take top billing. Victory still have a game in hand after the cyclone washout so it looks to be a thrilling three-four way tussle to the end with Sydney FC and Perth Glory trying to recover lost ground. Can a Kiwi team serve up the ultimate embarrassment to the FFA?