Wrap: Wellington Phoenix 0 – 3 Melbourne Victory


Melbourne Victory leapt to the top of the Hyundai A-League table and inflicted a second consecutive home loss on Wellington Phoenix with a 3-0 win in New Zealand’s capital.

Melbourne dominated the game from the moment they took the lead inside the first minute and despite not adding to that tally in the first half, were able to double their lead on the hour mark and extend it shortly afterwards.

It was a statement of real intent from Kevin Muscat’s men, who placed themselves firmly in pole position for the Premiers’ Plate and served notice on one of their closest challengers for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League title.

What they said

“We had the opportunity to keep ourselves right up there and break away from the bunch a little bit. To be at home two weeks in a row and lose 3-0 both times is extremely disappointing.” – Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante

“It’s never easy to travel here and obviously with them losing like they did last week we knew they were going to be up for it. I think we came out from the first whistle, first-half and showed our intent straight away.” – Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson


1-0   – Gui Finkler, 1st minute

Many of the crowd were still taking their seats when Gui Finkler received a pass from Besart Berisha just inside the penalty area and finished coolly past Glen Moss to open the scoring.

2-0   – Andrew Durante (own goal), 59th minute

Phoenix midfielder Alex Rodriguez gave up possession cheaply in his own half, allowing Besart Berisha to run deep into Phoenix territory.  His square pass was aimed for Gui Finkler, but was instead prodded past his own goalkeeper by Andrew Durante.

3-0   – Archie Thompson, 66th minute

A left wing corner was volleyed sweetly towards goal by Fahid Ben Khalfallah. Archie Thompson prodded the ball goalwards, and when it was cleared off the line by Nathan Burns back into his path, he made no mistake to bury the rebound.

Key moment

Victory showed they meant business from the first whistle, scoring one of the quickest goals of the A-League season after just 34 seconds. It immediately put them on the front foot and asserted a dominance they never relinquished.

Opta Data key stats

Victory had 60 percent of possession and played 170 more passes than the Phoenix. This allowed them to fashion fifteen attempts on goal, nine of which were on target.

Highlights reel

Costa Rican Kenny Cunningham so nearly had the Phoenix back on level terms early in the second half. His turn away from a defender and move into space were sublime, and his powerful shot seemed destined for the back of the net before Nathan Coe intervened with a superb save.

Coach killer

The Phoenix were gaining a foothold in the match as the game ticked towards the hour-mark, but Rodriguez’s cheap giveaway which led to Victory’s second goal doubled the deficit and made the mountain too steep to climb.

Treatment table

Phoenix striker Joel Griffiths landed awkwardly in the first half and suffered what looked to be a serious knee injury which has almost certainly ruled him out for the rest of the season.

Back to the drawing board

Back-to-back home losses and no goals in over 200 minutes of football mean some head-scratching for Ernie Merrick. He’ll need every ounce of his tactical and motivational powers to re-focus his charges for a final tilt at the top two.

The Final Word

Melbourne Victory looked every inch the champions-elect during a game they dominated for long periods.

Even with Besart Berisha kept relatively quiet by Michael Boxall, the visitors had more than enough firepower to score for the twelfth straight match and record consecutive wins for the first time since early December.

The Phoenix badly missed the suspended Albert Riera in front of an also depleted back four, and failed to break down a Victory defensive line superbly marshalled by Mathieu Delpierre.



Wellington Phoenix: Moss, Fenton, Boxall, Durante, Muscat, Rodriguez, Bonevacia, McGlinchey (Hicks), Burns, Krishna, Griffiths (Cunningham).

Melbourne Victory:  Coe (Thomas), Broxham, Ansell, Delpierre, Georgievski, Milligan (Mahazi), Valeri, Finkler, Ben Khalfallah, Berisha, Thompson (Barbarouses)

Scorers: Finkler, Durante (own-goal), Thompson

Red cards: n/a

Yellow cards: Phoenix: Bonevacia, Burns; Melbourne Victory: Finkler, Milligan

Conditions: Clear, calm, 18 degrees

Attendance: 8417


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Preview: Newcastle Jets v Perth Glory – 06 april 2015

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Monday, 6 April

Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Kick-Off: 5pm (Local) 5pm AEDT)


Newcastle Jets 3. Taylor REGAN (C), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 7. Enver ALIVODIĆ, 8. Zenon CARAVELLA, 11. Andrew HOOLE, 12. Sam GALLAGHER, 13. Edson MONTAÑO, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 18. Allan WELSH, 19. Mitch COOPER, 20. Ben KENNEDY (Gk), 21. Daniel MULLEN, 22. Lee KI-JE, 26. Nicholas COWBURN, 27. Radovan PAVICEVIC, 29. Michael KANTAROVSKI, 30. John SOLARI (Gk), 31. Max BURGESS

***two to be omitted***

Ins 11. Andrew HOOLE (returns from international duty), 18. Allan WELSH (promoted)

Outs Nil

Unavailable 1. Jess VANSTRATTAN (Gk) (knee – indefinite), 2. Scott NEVILLE (groin – 3 weeks), 15. Joshua BARRESI (knee – season), 17. James VIRGILI (ankle – 4 weeks)

Perth Glory 1.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 4.Riley WOODCOCK, 5.Rostyn GRIFFITHS, 6.Dino DJULBIC, 8.Ruben ZADKOVICH, 9.Andy KEOGH, 10.Nebojsa MARINKOVIC, 11.Richard GARCIA,14.Chris Harold, 15.Jamie MACALREN, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA, 17.Mitch NICHOLS, 19.Josh RISDON, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE (c), 25.Mitch OXBORROW, 27.Dragan PALJIC, 30.Jordan THURTELL (gk)

***two to be omitted***

Ins 4.Riley WOODCOCK (promoted), 15.Jamie Maclaren (returns from international duty)

Outs Nil

Unavailable 7.Youssouf HERSI (hamstring – season)

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Broadcast coverage

TV – Live and exclusive coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5.00pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand)

Radio – Online/ABC Radio Mobile phone app.

Referee Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1 Ryan Gallagher

Assistant Referee 2 Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official Stephen Lucas


The improving Newcastle have set themselves a target of getting off the bottom of the Hyundai A-League ladder by the end of the season and have just four games left to make it happen. Can they do it? Well, anything’s possible.

While their performances have improved dramatically since the 7-0 loss to Adelaide in January, they still find themselves last, behind the Wanderers on goal difference (who play on the Friday night before this clash).

Newy will need at least one win over the last month to avoid the spoon and will target their home matches, starting with the visit of Glory on Easter Monday, to get their required points.

Perth put an end to their long win-less run with a crucial 3-2 win over the Wanderers last weekend. Coach Kenny Lowe will be hoping their mid-season slump is now behind them and will hope they can rebuild some momentum heading towards the finals. They won’t get a better chance to do just that against a side they have a dominant recent record against.

After helping the Olyroos take the first step towards qualifying for next year’s Rio Olympics, winger Andrew Hoole is back in the Jets squad. Providing he pulls up with no problems, Hoole should come straight back into the starting side. He will give them that much-needed cutting edge.

Likewise, the visitors do however have Olyroo star Jamie Maclaren back from duty in Chinese Taipei.


-Perth Glory’s unbeaten run against Newcastle Jets is currently at 10 Hyundai A-League games (W8 D2).

-Newcastle has had the fewest number of attempts on goal this campaign (176, excluding blocked shots)

-Perth has collected 47 yellow cards in this Hyundai A-League campaign, second only to Newcastle’s tally (59).

-Newcastle has won just once at home all Hyundai A-League season (D4 L6), fewer than any other club. Indeed, the Jets have failed to score in their last three matches at Hunter Stadium. This is the first time in Hyundai A-League history (inc. playoffs) that they’ve done this.



Chief playmaker Nebojsa Marinkovic is Perth’s key weapon and it will be up to the likes of Ben Kantarovski and Zenon Caravella to try and shut him down on Monday.

It will put more responsibility on the likes of Mitch Nichols, Richard Garcia and striker Andy Keogh to spark the visitor’s attack.

The Jets are likely to sit deep and try and soak up the pressure which will mean space in the middle of the park could be at a premium. Glory might best be served to attack the home side down the flanks, using the pace of Sidnei Sciola, Chris Harold and Dragan Paljic.

The Jets meanwhile will look to get Serbian Enver Alivodic on the ball as much as possible. He was sensational against Adelaide and looms as the biggest threat to Glory’s normally resolute defence along with newly re-signed Le Ki-je.


Josh Risdon. The Glory defender was the hero last week with his thunderbolt shot securing all three points and Perth’s first win in 10 games. Risdon is a key part of Glory’s side down the right and his battle with Jets winger Andrew Hoole should be a ripper.



Newcastle Jets: LWLLD

Perth Glory: WDLDD

Newcastle slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Adelaide United last Sunday but were unlucky not to get more out of it after having the better of the chances.

Glory finally got that winning feeling back, registering their first victory in 10 games – and 85 days – with a 3-2 triumph over the Wanderers. They are fourth and back within touching distance of top spot and a win here would see them jump further up the table.


Only nine players have scored a Hyundai A-League goal for Newcastle Jets this season; less than any other side.


Newcastle Jets 1-2 Perth Glory

On paper this would look like an easy win for the visitors, who are unbeaten in their last 10 games against the Jets. But Stubbins’ side has been far tougher to break down of late and could pull off a shock if they perform like they did last week against Adelaide.

It will be tight but we think Glory will just edge it  to continue to make this run-in to the Finals the tightest in history.


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Newcastle Jets sign inspirational youngster for Perth Glory clash

When the Newcastle Jets take to the field against Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium this afternoon, Phil Stubbins’ side will have a new player wearing the captain’s armband – fresh recruit Jacob Moore.

Jacob inked his one game Hyundai A-League contract with the club at his home in Singleton on Good Friday.

Jets Coach Stubbins said Jacob had been recruited for the game against Glory because of his exceptional inspirational and motivational qualities as well his relentless fighting spirit.

“People might look at Jacob’s age (13) and wonder why we’ve signed such a youngster for today’s match, but for us Jacob possesses all the necessary traits to lead the team onto the field against Perth Glory,” Stubbins said. “He’s a fighter, a winner, and an inspiration.”

“Jacob has been battling Bilateral Optic Nerve Gliomas [a form of brain tumour] since 2011, and when the club learnt of his fight management moved to tie him to the team via the club’s ‘Jet Well Once In A Lifetime Experience’ supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

“So instead of Taylor Regan wearing the captain’s armband onto the field this round, we’ve bestowed the honour upon Jacob. Jacob will then wrap the armband around Taylor’s arm just before kick-off,” Stubbins explained.

Before the teams walk out just before 5:00pm today Jacob will watch the Jets warm-up pitchside and attend the final team briefing inside the side’s inner sanctum.

When the match commences he will take in the action alongside his parents, as well as Doctor Frank Alvaro and Lucas Coleman from the John Hunter Children’s Hospital, from just behind the team bench.

And when the game ends Jacob will head back down the tunnel to offer his congratulations or commiserations to his teammates.

Jacob said he will wish the team luck before leading them onto the pitch in front of thousands of fans inside Hunter Stadium and watching live on Fox Sports.

Jacob has received a personalised Newcastle Jets kit to sport throughout his experience and to keep as a memento from today.

Newcastle Jets vs. Perth Glory – Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Round 24
Date: Monday 6 April 2015
Stadium: Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-off: 5:00pm
Tickets: www.JoinTheJets.org
Television: Live on FOX SPORTS 505
Radio: Live on ABC Grandstand & 1233 ABC Newcastle
Twitter: Join the match conversation using #NEWvPER @NewcastleJetsFC

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