A-League

Sky Blues lift the Premiers Plate

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

Sydney FC capped off their remarkable, record-breaking regular season in style defeating the Newcastle Jets 2-0 to smash the A-League points record and lay claim to being the greatest team in Australian football history.

Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque receives the 2016-17 A-League Premiership Plate from FFA CEO David Gallop.
Photo courtesy of Jaime Castaneda/Sydney FC

The win takes the Sky Blues to 66 points from a possible 81 this season with 20 wins to their name having dropped points in just seven games.

The total eclipses Brisbane Roar’s points total of 65 and was achieved with Sydney FC playing three fewer games.

Second half goals to Milos Ninkovic and Alex Brosque sealed the points for the Sky Blues, leaving their ecstatic fans to celebrate their team’s triumphant and watch skipper Brosque raise the Premiers Plate. Read more

Rampart Phoenix keep slim finals hopes alive

Sunday April 2, 2017 by  

With many pre-game suggesting a Melbourne cakewalk, Wellington have recorded a stunning 3-0 win at AAMI Park on Sunday night to give Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre back-to-back wins over Kevin Muscat’s Victory.

On a night where much of the build up was focused on Besart Berisha’s quest to become the first player to strike 100 A-League goals, it was the Wellington Phoenix frontline that proved much the sharper.

The Kosovan International was well-marshalled by returning captain Andrew Durante and the quietly spoken Marco Rossi, but it was in the front third that Wellington really did their talking. Read more

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