Sydney’s super-subs crucial to Grand Final success

Substitute David Carney made a huge impact off the bench in Sydney FC's grand final win over Melbourne Victory.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Get on and make an impact. That’s usually the basic message given to substitutes. And two of Sydney FC’s Hyundai A-League grand final heroes can safely say they did that on Sunday night.

CARNEY’S CRUCIAL CONTRIBUTION

At 1-0 down, former Caltex Socceroo David Carney was introduced on the hour mark and ten minutes later made a crucial contribution.

His fierce shot was parried by Lawrence Thomas before Rhyan Grant tapped in the rebound for the equalising goal.
Carney revealed he wasn’t given any specific instructions from Graham Arnold.

“Just basically do what I do and try and create something,” he told [www.a-league.com.au]www.a-league.com.au at the Sky Blues’ victory party in downtown Sydney.

“Arnie likes to throw me on, especially on the right.

“I knew I could make an impact and thankfully I did enough to get us that goal.

“Maybe it was a game for the substitutes – even Simmo (Matt Simon) came on and did extremely well.

“We got what we deserved at the end,” said Carney.

SUPER-SUB SIMON

Simon took to the field from the reserves bench for the 25 th  time this season, late in regulation time.

 

His tireless running and closing down of defenders kept the pressure on Victory right until the end of extra-time.

“I was just happy to make a little bit of an impact,” said Simon, who finally won a Hyundai A-League championship in his third grand final.

Matt Simon

“All year it’s been like that – to come on and make an impact for the team.

“I just love being part of the squad and [doing] whatever role is asked of me.

“I’m just so happy for the boys.

“The amount of work we put in all year – we set our goals at the start of the season and for all that to come true and to achieve what we wanted is very special,” he said.

CARNEY’S PRAISE FOR VICTORY PHYSICALITY

And Carney commended the approach of Melbourne Victory, who came out strongly in Sunday’s decider.

“You could tell in the first five minutes that Kevin Muscat had them fired up to win the battle,” said Carney.

“But that can only last so long.

“We probably dominated the second half.

“Extra-time was hard – a lot of the lads were cramping but we held our nerve in the penalty shoot-out.

“We would have liked to have won it earlier, but we won it – that’s the main thing,” he smiled.

Alex Brosque; David Carney

 

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Central Coast Mariners 2 x 3 Sydney FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A contentious late goal from David Carney has seen Sydney FC defeat the Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in Gosford on Sunday afternoon.

The home side will have reason to feel aggrieved after fighting back from two goals down to level the score for the second week in a row – missing a penalty along the way.

However their endeavours would ultimately go unrewarded after Carney turned home a late winner despite appearing to be in an offside position.

A goal either side of half time from Sky Blues marquee Bobo appeared to have the visitors coasting to victory, only for Roy O’Donovan to pull a goal back.

Central Coast should have drawn level from the penalty spot after Rhyan Grant brought down Connor Pain in the box but Fabio Ferreira blazed his effort well over the crossbar.

The Mariners did grab a deserved equaliser shortly after with their Portuguese winger going some way to atoning for his miss by setting up the chance that was finished by Scott Galloway.

However the goal proved to be in vain when Paul Okon’s side allowed Sydney FC to reply barely a minute later to grab all three points.

GOALS

0-1 Sydney FC: Bobo, 43’

Michael Zullo floated in a cross to the top of the box that was headed down by Filip Holosko for his strike partner, who took a touch before stroking it past Paul Izzo.

0-2 Sydney FC:  Bobo, 48’

Some crafty work from Milos Ninkovic had the Mariners defence retreating before the he laid the ball off for the Brazilian who was able to side-foot into an empty net.

1-2 Central Coast: Roy O’Donovan, 66’

Fabio Ferreira whipped in a dangerous free-kick which was headed towards goal by Holosko. O’Donovan was lurking at the back post and headed strongly to level the score.

2-2 Central Coast: Scott Galloway, 76’

Ferreira set sail down field before finding O’Donovan with a cross at the back post. The Irishman got a shot away which was saved by Danny Vukovic but Galloway was there to turn home the rebound.

3-2 Sydney FC: David Carney, 77’

The home side switched off after drawing level, with Ninkovic allowed to run at the defence before crossing for Carney who angled the ball inside the near post. The substitute appeared to have been marginally offside but the goal was allowed to stand.

INJURY WARD

The Sky Blues were dealt a huge blow less than 90 seconds into the contest when Sebastian Ryall injured his hamstring after losing his footing and landing awkwardly. The stand-in skipper, who had come into the side for the departed Matt Jurman, was replaced by Josh Brillante with Brandon O’Neill dropping into the defensive line.

YELLOW CARD

Josh Brillante picked up his fifth booking of the season midway through the second half which will see him suspended from next week’s Sydney Derby. The misery was compounded by the fact the Mariners scored from the resulting free-kick.

CROWD

11,398 @ Central Coast Stadium – the home side’s biggest of the season.

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Sydney FC 1 x 1 Melbourne Victory – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

David Carney produced a stunning two-goal cameo to fire Sydney FC to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night. Introduced on the hour, the former Caltex Socceroos winger immediately cancelled out Mitch Austin’s opener before netting a late winner to preserve Sydney’s perfect record. Victory dominated the first-half and earned a deserved lead through Austin just prior to half-time after Besart Berisha earlier fluffed a penalty. Despite conceding their first goal of the season, the Sky Blues regrouped at half-time to make it five straight victories courtesy of Carney’s brace.

GOALS 0-1 Victory: Mitch Austin, 41’ Sydney’s defence switched off and allowed Marco Rojas to reach Lawrence Thomas’ goal-kick before it ran out of play, with the Kiwi winger pulling a first-time pass back for Austin to bundle home. 1-1 Sydney: David Carney, 63’ Just moments after entering the match, Carney brought down Alex Brosque’s hooked cross and stabbed the equaliser into the far bottom corner. 2-1 Sydney: David Carney, 78’ Carney played Rhyan Grant in behind before coolly first-timing the fullback’s return pass into the bottom corner.

 

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Shandong Luneng 1 x 1 Sydney FC

Sydney FC celebrate David Carney scoring against Shandong Luneng in the ACL.

Sydney FC have claimed an important 1-1 draw away to Shandong Luneng in the AFC Champions League (ACL) Round of 16 as their goal led a charmed life.

Diego Tardelli’s second-half equaliser denied Sydney victory in China in the Round of 16 first leg on Wednesday but the Sky Blues were in fact lucky to avoid defeat.

Before David Carney gave the visitors the lead on the quarter-hour mark, Sydney goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic saved a penalty, while Shandong failed to convert two other huge opportunities in the first half.

The hosts’ profligacy ensured Sydney will head home for next week’s second leg ahead in the tie on the away goals rule.

In their maiden ACL knockout stage appearance, Sydney could have been 2-0 down inside 10 minutes.

In the opening minute, Rhyan Grant’s outstretched leg deflected Wu Xinghan’s shot over the bar after a great run and cutback from Liu Binbin.

Then six minutes later, Janjetovic tripped Wu in the box but the 28-year-old gloveman made amends by palming Walter Montillo’s spot-kick away.

Sydney broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a flowing move that saw Milos Dimitrijevic’s pass pierce the hosts’ defence, releasing Riley Woodcock in behind and the left-back crossed for Carney to nod home.

Tardelli, who had been under an injury cloud before the match, should have levelled in the 28th minute but could only blast another cutback from Liu over the bar. Brandon O’Neill almost added a second goal for Sydney three minutes into the second half but his header was cleared off the line by Zheng Zheng, while Shandong midfielder Li Wei made the crossbar shake from 30 yards soon after.

Shandong would notch a deserved equaliser in the 56th minute, however, with Jucilei nodding down a corner, allowing Tardelli to pounce and lift the ball into the roof of the net. It was the 31-year-old forward’s sixth goal in the 2016 ACL, with the Brazilian having also scored in a play-off win over Adelaide United in February.

Shandong looked more dangerous in the final half hour but produced few genuine scoring chances as Sydney held on for a vital draw that puts them in the box seat for the ACL quarter-finals.

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Melbourne Victory 1 x 1 Sydney FC

David Carney’s superb solo goal earned a ten-man Sydney FC a fighting 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Victory looked on course to move three points clear of their Big Blue rivals when Jacques Faty was shown a straight red midway through the second-half, before Carney stole an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining.

Kosta Barbarouses earlier opened the scoring within a minute of the restart but both sides remained unable to break their respective winless runs.

GOALS

1-0 Kosta Barbarouses (46’) – Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s hopeful ball forward was reeled in thanks to Barbarouses’ speed. The Kiwi attacker propped inside the penalty area, turned away from goal and was afforded too much time by Rhyan Grant to fire inside the near post.

2-0 David Carney (76’) – This was a stunning, inspiring solo goal from a seasoned star to pull Sydney FC level. Carney caught out the absent Scott Galloway, pushed past the much younger Thomas Deng and fired lethally across Danny Vukovic.

KEY MOMENT

If David Carney’s goal single-handedly dragged Sydney FC back into it, then Matt Jurman replicated the feat in preserving their point.

An opportunity to win it opened up for Victory fullback Daniel Georgievski in the dying moments but Jurman lunged across his path to deflect the finish wide.

COACH KILLER

Seb Ryall’s yellow card had already enforced suspension upon one Sydney FC defender when Jacques Faty earned himself a straight red card.

Having botched his attempted pass-back, the former Senegal international compounded the error by tugging the arms and shirt of Besart Berisha.

TREATMENT TABLE

Matt Simon copped an inadvertent and seemingly innocuous whack to the stomach from Scott Galloway in the opening stages. The target man was uncomfortable thereafter and had to be replaced by Milos Dimitrijevic after just 20 minutes.

With their attacking options already thin, Graham Arnold will hope reports of cracked ribs are wide of the mark.

 

THE FINAL WORD

Melbourne Victory finally look ready to launch a late-season assault after adding to their encouraging AFC Champions League victory in midweek.

The reigning champions were the dominant teammate throughout but let a vital three points slip as Carney punished their defensive lapse.

The draw does little for either side as their Hyundai A-League winless streaks stretch to five and six matches respectively.

TEAMS

Melbourne Victory: Vukovic (gk), Galloway, Deng (Bozanic 83’), Delpierre, Georgievski, Broxham, Mahazi, Barbarouses (Ingham 81’), Finkler, Ben Khalfallah, Berisha (Thompson 83’)

Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Ryall, Faty, Jurman, Grant, Holosko (Stambolziev, O’Neill, Ninkovic, Carney, Simon (Dimitrijevic 20’), Brosque (Smeltz 69’)

Scorers: Barbarouses 46’, Carney 76’

Red Cards: Faty 64’

Yellow Cards: Brosque 24’, Mahazi 30’, Ryall 45’+1, Carney 71’, Grant 88’, Stambolziev 90’+4

Crowd: 20,112

Conditions: 21°C, dry

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Newcastle Jets 3 x 1 Wellington Phoenix

A 10-man Newcastle Jets have recorded a gritty 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Jets were gifted the opener with Milos Trifunovic giving the hosts an early lead from the spot before Ryan Kitto netted his maiden goal in the Hyundai A-League to put the hosts 2-0 up midway through the first half.

David Carney sealed the points with a sucker punch in the 66th minute before substitute Matthew Ridenton netted a consolation strike for the Phoenix with less than 10 minutes remaining.

GOALS

1-0 (Milos Trifunovic 7’)  – Phoenix youngster Dylan Fox clumsily bundled into Trifunovic inside the area with the referee rightly awarding a spot kick. The Serbian striker coolly stepped up from 12 yards and made no mistake, dispatching a confident strike past Glen Moss.

2-0 (Ryan Kitto 26’) – Enver Alivodic played David Carney in behind with a beautiful through ball with the former Socceroo’s strike forcing a neat save from Glen Moss. But the Phoenix custodian could only parry the ball away which allowed Ryan Kitto to pounce, with the 21-year-old able to slot the ball into an empty net to record his first A-League strike.

3-0 (David Carney 66’) –  Alivodic sprung Phoenix’s offside trap with a superb pass to release Carney, who composed himself before coolly slotting past Glen Moss.

3-1 (Matthew Ridenton 81’) – Blake Powell was afforded to much space on the edge of the box before whipping in a fizzing ball which was well tucked away by Ridenton.

KEY MOMENT

With his side down 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, Phoenix striker Blake Powell wriggled free of Jets defender Lachlan Jackson before unleashing a smart strike on the turn which narrowly breezed past the post. A fantastic effort but the near miss could have changed the complexion of the match had it gone the right side of the stick for the visitors.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

David Carney has been one of the few shining lights for the Jets this season and the 32-year-old was again sensational in front of the Hunter Stadium faithful. After setting up the hosts’ second goal, the attacker capped a stellar performance with a well-taken strike midway through the second stanza to kill off a resurgent Phoenix.

COACH KILLER

After picking up a booking in the first half for a poor challenge on Roly Bonevacia, Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski was walking a tightrope in the middle of the park. With the Phoenix in the ascendency at the start of the second stanza, Kantarovski foolishly lunged in on Phoenix midfielder Vince Lia, with the referee rightly showing him a second yellow card. A poor effort from one of the Jets’ more experienced players.

THE FINAL WORD

The Jets will take confidence after ending their six-match goalless run in impressive fashion, with David Carney and Enver Alivodic shining lights against the Phoenix.

Scott Miller’s decision to utilise David Carney as a second striker alongside Milos Trifunovic in a 4-4-2 formation was a masterstroke from the rookie boss and could point to a change in tact for the Jets in the final 12 rounds.

The Phoenix will be disappointed to walk away from Hunter Stadium after dominating large periods of play, especially in the second half.

Injuries to Roy Krishna, Jeffrey Sarpong, Ben Sigmund and Louis Fenton has tested Wellington’s depth and Ernie Merrick may need to look to the transfer market to bolster his squad.

TEAMS

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti (gk), Mullen, Hoffman, Boogard, Kantarovski, Alivodic, Poljak, Trifunovic (Cowburn 66’), Jackson, Carney (Leonardo 94′), Kitto (Cooper 82’)

Wellington Phoenix: Moss (gk), Gulley (Doyle 45’), Bonevacia, Danaskos (Ridenton 77’), Fox, Rodriguez (Appiah-Kubi 62’), McGlinchey, Powell, Riera, Lia, Durante

Scorers:  Trifunovic 7’, Kitto 26’, Carney 66’, Ridenton 81’

Red cards: Kantarovski 58’

Yellow cards:  Kantarovski 36’, 58, Fox 38′, Poljak 85′

Conditions: Partly cloudy 22c

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Newcastle Jets 1 x 0 Melbourne Victory – 23/October/2015

Melbourne Victory’s Hunter Stadium hoodoo has continued after the Hyundai A-League champions were beaten 1-0 by the Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

A smashing free-kick by David Carney 15 minutes from time proved the difference and means Victory are still waiting for their first triumph in Newcastle since October 2009.

In an open and entertaining contest, both sides had numerous chances to score, with Milos Trifunovic squandering a couple for the home side, while Besart Berisha hit the post in the first half for Victory.

But Carney’s sublime strike settled into to continue the Jets’ impressive start to the season and have them equal first on the ladder for 24 hours at least.

GOALS

1-0 Carney (75’) – Carney won a free-kick just outside the box and seemed to move away to leave it for Brazilian Leonardo to take. But instead of striking at goal, Leonardo squared it to Carney and he did the rest, catching it sweetly and bending a shot away from Danny Vukovic into the top corner.

KEY MOMENT

He was the hero in the derby last weekend but Besart Berisha hardly had a sniff against Newcastle’s central defenders. Returning skipper Nigel Boogaard and Daniel Mullen were close by whenever the Albanian got possession near the box. It meant an uncharacteristically quiet night for Berisha and as a result Victory were unable to find a goal some of their enterprising build-up play merited.

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The Jets have extended their unbeaten run at home against Victory to eight matches, last tasting defeat against them at Hunter Stadium more than six years ago. It was just the second time in the last 15 matches between the two clubs that Victory has failed to find the back of the net against Newcastle. The win was also Newcastle’s first on their home soil in 2015. Carney’s goal was the first time Danny Vukovic has conceded in games against the Jets in more than nine hours of action against them over the last few seasons.

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Jets winger David Carney almost produced one of the goals of the season on the half hour mark with a clever and audacious piece of play. The home side were awarded a free-kick about 30 metres from goal and Carney spotted Victory ‘keeper Danny Vukovic standing well off his line. In a split second the ex-Socceroo put the ball down and let fly from distance but unfortunately for Carney his effort sailed just the wrong side of the post. While it came to nothing in the end, it was an ingenious attempt and had the Hunter Stadium crowd on their feet.

COACH KILLER

Both coaches would have been pulling their hair out – if Kevin Muscat had any hair – over a crazy piece of play on 18 minutes. Victory were awarded a free-kick just outside their box which defender Leigh Broxham tried to play square to Matthieu Delpierre, only for it to be intercepted by Jets striker Milos Trifunovic. It left the Serbian in front of goal with only Danny Vukovic to beat but he produced a tame effort which the Victory gloveman saved easily. It was a shocking miss for a player of his finishing ability.

THE FINAL WORD

Newcastle showed a lot more threat going forward this week which is another indication they are on the right path under rookie boss Scott Miller. The win over the champions will do wonders for their confidence too. They are in action again next Friday night, away at Melbourne City.

It was another frustrating trip to the Hunter for Victory, who just weren’t clinical enough over the 90 minutes. Muscat’s side now has a nine day break until they play again, hosting Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on Monday, November 2.

TEAMS

Newcastle Jets: Kennedy, Hoffman, Mullen, Boogaard (c), Jackson (Cowburn 68’), Kantarovski, Poljak, Alivodic, Leonardo (Cooper 84’), Carney (Pavicevic 87’), Trifunovic

Melbourne Victory: Vukovic, Georgievski, Broxham, Delpierre, Murnane, Valeri (c) (Mahazi 68’), Bozanic, Finkler, Barbarouses, Ben Khalfallah (Pain 76’), Berisha

Scorers: Carney 75’

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Mullen 3’, Valeri 30’, Georgievski 45’, Delpierre 65’, Mahazi 82’, Pavicevic 90+1’, Broxham 90+1’

Conditions: 19C, Fine

Attendance: 10,087 @ Hunter Stadium

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Newcastle Jets 1 x 0 Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory’s Hunter Stadium hoodoo has continued after the Hyundai A-League champions were beaten 1-0 by the Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

A smashing free-kick by David Carney 15 minutes from time proved the difference and means Victory are still waiting for their first triumph in Newcastle since October 2009.

In an open and entertaining contest, both sides had numerous chances to score, with Milos Trifunovic squandering a couple for the home side, while Besart Berisha hit the post in the first half for Victory.

But Carney’s sublime strike settled into to continue the Jets’ impressive start to the season and have them equal first on the ladder for 24 hours at least.

GOALS

1-0 Carney (75’) – Carney won a free-kick just outside the box and seemed to move away to leave it for Brazilian Leonardo to take. But instead of striking at goal, Leonardo squared it to Carney and he did the rest, catching it sweetly and bending a shot away from Danny Vukovic into the top corner.

KEY MOMENT

He was the hero in the derby last weekend but Besart Berisha hardly had a sniff against Newcastle’s central defenders. Returning skipper Nigel Boogaard and Daniel Mullen were close by whenever the Albanian got possession near the box. It meant an uncharacteristically quiet night for Berisha and as a result Victory were unable to find a goal some of their enterprising build-up play merited.

OPTA DATA KEY STATS

The Jets have extended their unbeaten run at home against Victory to eight matches, last tasting defeat against them at Hunter Stadium more than six years ago. It was just the second time in the last 15 matches between the two clubs that Victory has failed to find the back of the net against Newcastle. The win was also Newcastle’s first on their home soil in 2015. Carney’s goal was the first time Danny Vukovic has conceded in games against the Jets in more than nine hours of action against them over the last few seasons.

 

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Jets winger David Carney almost produced one of the goals of the season on the half hour mark with a clever and audacious piece of play. The home side were awarded a free-kick about 30 metres from goal and Carney spotted Victory ‘keeper Danny Vukovic standing well off his line. In a split second the ex-Socceroo put the ball down and let fly from distance but unfortunately for Carney his effort sailed just the wrong side of the post. While it came to nothing in the end, it was an ingenious attempt and had the Hunter Stadium crowd on their feet.

COACH KILLER

Both coaches would have been pulling their hair out – if Kevin Muscat had any hair – over a crazy piece of play on 18 minutes. Victory were awarded a free-kick just outside their box which defender Leigh Broxham tried to play square to Matthieu Delpierre, only for it to be intercepted by Jets striker Milos Trifunovic. It left the Serbian in front of goal with only Danny Vukovic to beat but he produced a tame effort which the Victory gloveman saved easily. It was a shocking miss for a player of his finishing ability.

THE FINAL WORD

Newcastle showed a lot more threat going forward this week which is another indication they are on the right path under rookie boss Scott Miller. The win over the champions will do wonders for their confidence too. They are in action again next Friday night, away at Melbourne City.

It was another frustrating trip to the Hunter for Victory, who just weren’t clinical enough over the 90 minutes. Muscat’s side now has a nine day break until they play again, hosting Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on Monday, November 2.

 

TEAMS

Newcastle Jets: Kennedy, Hoffman, Mullen, Boogaard (c), Jackson (Cowburn 68’), Kantarovski, Poljak, Alivodic, Leonardo (Cooper 84’), Carney (Pavicevic 87’), Trifunovic

Melbourne Victory: Vukovic, Georgievski, Broxham, Delpierre, Murnane, Valeri (c) (Mahazi 68’), Bozanic, Finkler, Barbarouses, Ben Khalfallah (Pain 76’), Berisha

Scorers: Carney 75’

Red cards: Nil

Yellow cards: Mullen 3’, Valeri 30’, Georgievski 45’, Delpierre 65’, Mahazi 82’, Pavicevic 90+1’, Broxham 90+1’

Conditions: 19C, Fine

Attendance: 10,087 @ Hunter Stadium

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Wellington Phoenix 1 x 2 Newcastle Jets

A goal and assist from former Socceroo David Carney has handed the Newcastle Jets a hard-earned 2-1 win against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Sunday evening.

Carney opened the scoring on the half-hour mark with a rare header, only for Roly Bonevacia to net a deserved equaliser on the cusp of half-time.

Roy Krishna squandered a second-half penalty which was saved by Jets’ goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, before striker Milos Trifunovic grabbed a goal on debut which proved to be the winner.

The Jets, who had only won one of their last 13 matches in New Zealand, were forced to defend with 10-men for the last 15 minutes after skipper Nigel Boogaard was sent-off for a second yellow card but they hung on to claim a valuable three points.

GOALS 

0-1 David Carney (30’) – Defender Lee Ki-Je managed to create some space for himself on the left flank, whipping in a left-footed cross that found Carney unmarked at the near past, the previously outcast star guiding his header inside the far post to open the scoring.

1-1 Roly Bonevacia (45+2’) Michael McGlinchey made a break down the left in the shadows of half-time, crossing the ball across the face of goal which was met by Bonevacia. The Dutchman powered forward from midfield to meet the ball first-time, his shot taking a slight deflection before finding the back of the net.

1-2 Milos Trifunovic (70’) The Wellington defence was carved open when David Carney picked out Trifunovic with a pin-point left-footed cross. The Serbian striker raced onto the ball and bundled it over the line to shock the home fans.

KEY MOMENT

With the scores locked at 1-1 the Phoenix were awarded a penalty just after the interval when Blake Powell was fouled in the box by Daniel Mullen. Striker Roy Krishna stepped up for the home side but Birighitti guessed the right way, diving low to his left to make the save as Wellington’s wobbles from the spot last season continued.

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Wellington Phoenix have only won one of their previous eight Hyundai A-League season openers (W1 D4 L3) and unfortunately for Nix fans at the Cake Tin the trend continued to complete Round 1.

TREATMENT TABLE

Wellington captain Andrew Durante was withdrawn inside the opening half-hour after he picked up a calf-injury. The centre back battled on after receiving an early knock but was clearly not right, Tom Doyle replacing his skipper in a re-jigged defensive line. The change clearly exposed some frailties at the back with the Jets opening the scoring soon after.

THE FINAL WORD

Having only won three games all last season the Jets made the best possible start to life under Scott Miller, defying their Wellington hoodoo in the 34-year-old’s first match at the helm. Wellington searched desperately for a second equaliser in the closing stages against 10-men but were left to rue their missed penalty as the Jets hung on to bank all three points.

TEAMS

Wellignton Phoenix: Moss(g/k), Muscat, Sigmund, Fenton (Rodriguez 73′), Durante(c) (Doyle 27’), Bonevacia, Lia, Riera, McGlinchey, Krishna, Powell (Sarpong 61’)

Newcastle Jets: Birighitti(g/k), Hoffman, Mullen, Boogaard(c), Ki-Je, Leonardo (Haliti 81′), Watson (Kantarovski 61′), Alivodic, Carney, Poljak, Trifunovic (Cooper 90+2’)

Scorers: Carney(30’), Bonevacia (45+2), Trifunovic (70′)

Red cards: Boogaard (77’)

Yellow cards: Lia (50’), Boogaard (52’,77’), Carney(56’), Krishna(63′) Kantarovski(89′), Alivodić(95′)

Conditions: 15°C, fine

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