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Glory finish on a high at icy Wanderland

Perth Glory have ended the A-League season on a high note, recording a 2-1 victory over Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium on Anzac Day.

It seemed fitting that their opponents for the evening might well be the only other side …

Wanderers win it late in electric contest

If the skies above Pirtek Stadium said anything pre-game, it was that Western Sydney Wanderers’ fixture against Melbourne City was going to be eventful.

By the time thunder and lightning had subsided and a the match had begun an hour late, …

Resilient Phoenix trump Victory in Melbourne

Wellington Phoenix have sent a statement to the rest of the A-League and ensured the race for the premiership is set to go down to the wire with an historic 3-2 win in Melbourne on Sunday night against the Victory.

Winless …

Burns nets twice as Phoenix leapfrog Sydney

As time expired, the cameras caught Ernie Merrick with what looked unmistakeably like a smile. After the final whistle Andrew Durante turned to the travelling support, arms aloft. It was an impressive Phoenix victory on Sunday over Sydney FC which …

Phoenix’s triple treat keeps Jets winless

Six minutes. That’s how long it took Newcastle Jets’ afternoon on Saturday to turn from dream to nightmare, as a rampant spell saw Wellington Phoenix overturn a 1-0 half time deficit to claim their fifth win of the season.

It gets …

Pain, Finkler push Victory back into first

An under-resourced Melbourne Victory have maintained their solid start to the season with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix on Monday night.

The three points lift Kevin Muscat’s side to the top of the league and ends Wellington’s two-match winning run, perhaps denting …

Season Preview 2014/15: Wellington Phoenix

Second-bottom last season and winners of the wooden spoon the year before; optimists might argue Wellington Phoenix is on the right trajectory, but pessimists could be expecting another disappointing season from the New Zealanders. Joe Gallagher takes a look what to expect from …

What we learned from the Football United tour

Wellington+Phoenix+v+West+Ham+United+Football+o5JY4ufkJ1wxAll square, then. Two wins to the Premier League, two wins to the A-League, and the feel-good Football United tour to New Zealand draws to a close. Newcastle impressed, Sydney improved, Wellington stunned and West Ham – well, West Ham showed up, at least. But what can we really take from a quadrangular pre-season tournament in little old New Zealand? I’ll take a look:

‘Friendlies’ have different meanings in Australia and England

A tired journalist might fall back on the line that one side ‘wanted it more’, but that was demonstrably the case on …

Durante outburst exposes gaping flaws in FFA structure

Andrew Durante’s comments post-match against Adelaide United may land him in hot water, but he can take solace from the fact that he’s right.

Too often are players, coaches and the media cautious to attach the unmentionable label of ‘cheat’ to their analyses of players. The word is, apparently, that one step too far in the cut-throat, highly competitive environment of modern professional football in which incidents of cheating are rife.

And it seems this caution has flowed through to the A-League’s match review panel and their treatment of the incident to which …

Phoenix youngsters could represent a change of approach in Wellington

When Wellington Phoenix was born in 2007, the club pledged to bridge the gap between New Zealand’s ASB Premiership (previously known as the NZFC) and the lucrative professional leagues of the UK and mainland Europe. The club was advertised as a gateway for young Kiwi talent which had, at the time, failed to be exploited by the Phoenix’s predecessors – the New Zealand Knights and the Football Kingz.

You might think that with the success of the national side, especially at the World Cup in South Africa, this pledge had been well and …