A-League

Depleted Phoenix show glimpse of the future

Sunday March 26, 2017 by  

Wellington Phoenix have put aside concerns over All White absentees to reward their faithful fans with a vintage performance on Sunday night at Westpac Stadium.

Amid furore over the International and A-League fixture clashes the focus could have easily been on who was absent rather than who was present, but the Phoenix players that pulled on the yellow and black played with a spirit and belief that keep alive Wellington’s slim finals hopes.

In cool but clear conditions Wellington started the brighter fashioning a swag of half chances inside the first fifteen minutes. Read more

Phoenix urge end to international clashes

Thursday March 23, 2017 by  

After extensive but ultimately fruitless dialogue with Football Federation Australia regarding this weekend’s clash of A-League and International fixtures, Wellington Phoenix are calling for a concrete commitment from the governing body that International windows will be integrated into the 2017-2018 season schedule.

Ahead of a crucial fixture that could prove decisive for the composition of the top six, Phoenix find themselves without seven key players for the must-win clash against Newcastle Jets.

And while the club has every confidence in the players left available for selection it’s a situation that General Manager David Dome feels undermines the competitive integrity of the entire competition. Read more

Phoenix fail to rise against in-form Wanderers

Sunday March 19, 2017 by  

Buoyant from their win in Asia Western Sydney Wanderers have condemned Wellington to a disappointing 3-1 loss at Spotless Stadium on Sunday night.

With expectactions high pre-game Wellington have paid the price for a slow start as Western

Sydney laid down a significant marker in the race for the last finals spot. Read more

Phoenix and Perth play out six-goal thriller

Saturday March 4, 2017 by  

Wellington twice took a two-goal lead at QBE Stadium in front of an appreciative Auckland crowd but a high-flying Perth ensured the points were shared.

Wellington Phoenix’s co-coaches Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre could be forgiven for being aggrieved they finished this game with just one point after their side compiled some of the best attacking passages fans have seen this season.

The home side started very brightly and twice enjoyed a two-goal buffer but Perth Glory’s never-say-die attitude saw them pull their way back into the contest, making a great spectacle for the neutrals but a nervy one for the coaches. Read more

Sydney FC within touching distance of Premiers Plate

Friday March 3, 2017 by  

Sydney FC are within touching distance of the A-League Premiers Plate after a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory took them eleven points clear at the top of the ladder.

The Sky Blues could wrap up the title as early as next weekend which would make them the fastest winners of the Plate in A-League history.

Graham Arnold’s men produced a host of chances against second placed Melbourne Victory and took a deserved lead five minutes after half time as Bobô rounded off a clinical counter-attack. Read more

Phoenix spirited win over Brisbane

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

With the obituaries for Wellington’s season perhaps premature, Phoenix showed character and determination to stun Brisbane Roar on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

With many quick to write off Phoenix’s finals aspirations a resolute performance from Wellington has made for an intriguing last six weeks of the season.

After a difficult week off the pitch, Wellington made the most of a full week’s preparation without travel to put in a determined performance. Read more

Sky Blues unbeaten run ends at Nineteen

Saturday February 18, 2017 by  

Sydney FC’s unbeaten run has come to an end after a solitary goal defeated the Sky Blues in the Sydney Derby.

Brendan Santalab struck midway through the first half to hand the home side the lead going into the break, before a gritty second half played out with chances for both sides but for no reward.

The Sky Blues will feel hard done by after three penalty decisions were contentiously waved away, with Alex Brosque having strong claims denied in stoppage time with the goal beckoning. Read more

City return to form as Phoenix pay heavy price

Saturday February 18, 2017 by  

A horror five-minute period sees Wellington forgo early dominance as City finish clinically at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

It’s a cruel facet of football that games turn on tiny margins, and Wellington Phoenix have paid the full penalty as Melbourne City bounce back to form in emphatic fashion.

With expected thunderstorms holding, Phoenix started brightly with Roy Krishna nearly finishing a fine flowing movement inside two minutes. Picking up the ball centrally he drew several defenders before feeding Kosta Barbarouses wide, whose well-whipped cross was tucked just wide by the flying Fijian at full stretch. Read more

Five star Glory outclass Reds

Friday February 10, 2017 by  

Perth Glory FC put on an attacking master-class performance in the City of Churches to defeat defending champions Adelaide United 5-0 at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

The scoring opened in bizarre circumstances just 15 minutes into the match. Josh Risdon’s floated cross found Reds defender Iacopo La Rocca unmarked at the back post, who miscued his headed clearance and put the ball past his keeper and into the back of the net.

Glory’s Spanish marquee Diego Castro would double Perth Glory’s lead 22 minutes later with a classy move. His quick feet were too much for the Adelaide defence, cutting inside and slamming his strike past Reds ‘keeper John Hall into the bottom far corner. Read more

Clinical Wanderers rain on New Plymouth’s parade

Saturday February 4, 2017 by  

A compact Western Sydney have punished Wellington on the counter, with a Brendon Santalab brace the difference at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday evening.

A contestable red card to Shane Smeltz ensured no way back for Wellington Phoenix in a disappointing end to their first regular season visit to Taranaki.

Having just handed the Nix a glimmer of hope from the penalty spot the veteran striker was given his marching orders following a second yellow. Read more