Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory in A-League upset
Wellington weathered plenty of second-half pressure to score a 2-0 upset win over A-League high fliers Melbourne Victory in Auckland. The home side had the upper hand in the opening spell on Saturday night and were rewarded with goals to Roy Krishna and bright blue canada goose jacket Roly Bonevacia.
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But the Victory turned up the heat after the interval and Phoenix keeper Glen Moss, in his 100th A-League appearance for the club, had to produce several sharp saves. The result ended the Victory’s four-match winning streak, which had begun with their 3-0 defeat of the Phoenix a month ago visit and had taken them to the top buy canada goose coat online of the table.
In front of a 10,852-strong crowd, the two sides produced an entertaining, open match despite the bumpy and patchy surface at QBE Stadium. The Phoenix, dispensing with their traditional yellow and wearing light grey jerseys that were at times hard to distinguish from Melbourne’s white, thought they had taken the lead in the 13th minute. But Bonevacia’s effort was ruled out, with referee Alan Milliner not allowing the quickly taken free-kick.
The Phoenix managed to hit the front five minutes later after Manny Muscat won possession in an advanced position. Krishna was able to get the ball in the area and was pushed wide but found the net from the sharpest of angles. The Victory were dangerous when they looked for the pacey Kosta Barbarouses down the right wing, but were creating few real chances.
At the other end, the Phoenix almost made it two, after Bonevacia rounded two defenders with some slick footwork but keeper Danny Vukovic reacted to turn his shot away. Bonevacia scored right on halftime and the chance was created by Krishna’s penetrating run up the middle. The ball was worked wide to Michael McGlinchey, whose ball into the box fell to Bonevacia canada goose coat 1000 calorie diet and the midfielder made no mistake from close range.
The Victory lifted a gear in the second half and pushed forward berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid in search of goals. Fahid Ben Khalfallah found the net but Besart Berisha, in front of Moss, was ruled offside. Moss was then called on to produce two good saves in quick succession from Gui Finkler and Oliver Bozanic. The keeper was again in action shortly after, beating out a header from a corner.
While the Phoenix had limited chances in the second half, Krishna continued to show his speed up front, producing a shooting opportunity for Bonevacia that drew a save from Vukovic.
Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick was delighted not just with the result, buy a canada goose jacket but with what his side produced. “We played some really good canada goose coat 1000 calorie a day diet football under tough conditions and under a lot of pressure from the Victory,” amazon canada goose parka he said. Merrick said canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo there were plenty of good performances from his players, but said Krishna was deadly. “He seems to get better and better,” he said. “He scored one and virtually set up one for Roly for a tap in and he was unlucky in the end with a couple of off-side calls.”
The match was played on a bumpy, patchy surface canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons and Victory coach Kevin Muscat was scathing about the conditions. He said the pitch was not good enough for professional sport, but also that he didn’t want people to think it was a case of sour grapes. “No, we weren’t good enough,” he said. “Under the conditions, we were not good enough. The first goal was vitally important.”
But Muscat was clearly agitated by the state of the surface. “The last time I checked, grass is a pretty vital ingredient for a football game and unfortunately there was none there today,” the Victory coach said. His opposite number Merrick was a little happier. “The pitch was fine,” Merrick said. “The ball rolled fairly well. It wasn’t bumpy really. There wasn’t enough grass on it but it was fine. You have to adapt to different situations. It was okay.”
Of the Victory’s second-half fightback, Muscat said his players did create a lot of chances, but it wasn’t can you buy canada goose jacket online to be. “We were camped in their half, camped in their box and it was difficult for them to get out, but it wasn’t to be tonight,” he said. “From a lot of perspectives, it was a disappointing evening for us.”