Transfer news: Phoenix unveil Croatian midfielder

Head Coach Darije Kalezic presents new signing Goran Paracki with his Wellington Phoenix jersey.

Wellington Phoenix have gone to Croatia to strengthen their midfield stocks, announcing the signing of the experienced Goran Paracki on Thursday morning.

GETTING TO KNOW GORAN

*The 30-year-old has made almost 200 appearances in the Croatian top flight.

*He was capped more than 10 times for the Croatian U19 team, coming from a generation which includes Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinić and Napoli’s Ivan Strinjić.

*Paracki will begin training with Phoenix on Thursday, and could make his competitive debut in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.

WHAT CONVINCED HIM TO COME TO NZ

“I’ve played most of my life in Croatia. But Darije called me and told me about his background, his project here at Wellington,” Paracki explained.

“My position is important, for the club’s goal to play the finals, and afterwards I thought about [this conversation] more and more.

“My mum, I think she is a little sad, but this is football life – my friends understand this, you never know where you are going to go or where you are going to play. My wife she is very excited, she will come join me here closer to the season beginning.”

Dutchman Darije Kalezic is looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season with new club Wellington Phoenix. Pic Credit: Cameron McIntosh“My best friend in Croatia has a good friend, Mateo Poljak. He told me everything good about the league, about the quality of life. He spoke very highly of the reputation as well of Rado, so in the end I was very exciting to take this new opportunity.”

KALEZIC PREDICTING BIG THINGS

“He is hard-working, has a good mentality – a mentality that fits very well with the Australian and New Zealand league style. I think in Goran the fans will get a player they will really like,” the Phoenix boss said.

“He comes from a very good professional environment, on the ball he’s also a very technical player, which adds a lot of quality in the way that we want to play our football.”

Phoenix 2017/18 Season Squad so far:

Goalkeepers: Lewis Italiano, Oliver Sail

Defenders: Tom Doyle, Marco Rossi, Andrew Durante, Scott Galloway, Dylan Fox, Ryan Lowry, Louis Fenton

Midfielders: Gui Finkler, Michael McGlinchey, Sarpreet Singh, Matt Ridenton, Goran Paracki, Alex Rufer, James McGarry

Forwards: Roy Krishna, Adam Parkhouse, Logan Rogerson, Hamish Watson

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Wellington Phoenix 3 -3 Perth Glory-Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix and Perth Glory have shared the spoils following an exhilarating 3-3 draw at Auckland’s QBE Stadium on Saturday night. Keen to avoid a season sweep in the Distance Derby, the Phoenix got off to a rollicking start with Kosta Barbarouses having an early shot smothered on the goal line. Glory also showed their intent to attack from the off but it was the home side who broke the deadlock through the returning Gui Finkler, with the Brazilian dedicating the goal to his new baby girl. The Phoenix doubled their advantage when Roy Krishna calmly slotted his 11th goal of the campaign but Glory pulled a goal back following a delightful piece of individual skill from their frontman Andy Keogh. Wellington looked to be headed for back-to-back wins when Barbarouses bent the ball into the back of the net early in the second stanza. However Glory fought back with a fine finish from Adam Taggart and a sublime free kick from Diego Castro to set up a grandstand finish with ten minutes to play. Both sides had chances to net a late winner as play went from end to end in a heart-stopping finale but in the end both sides had to settle for a draw, which on balance was a fair result.

GOALS 1-0 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler, 10’ The Brazilian cracked a shot from an acute angle after being played into space, which took a deflection off Joe Mills giving Liam Reddy no chance before it rippled the back of the net. 2-0 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 25’ A long ball from Matthew Ridenton found the run of Shane Smeltz, who was able to hold the ball up before finding his Fijian strike partner. Krishna weaved his way around Rhys William before shooting low and hard inside the far post. 2-1 Perth Glory: Andy Keogh, 34’ Dino Djulbic picked out the run of the Irishman with a long pass, who was able to chest the ball down on the run, taking him past a couple of defenders, before firing past Glen Moss. 3-1 Wellington Phoenix: Kosta Barbarouses, 46’ Some swift ball movement from the Nix following a turnover teed up the All Whites international on the edge of the box and he bent a beautiful left footed shot inside the far post. 3-2 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 67’ The Glory striker got on the end of a cross from Josh Risdon, with Moss making a great save to keep out the header but Taggart was quickest to react to the second ball and was able lash it home. 3-3 Perth Glory: Diego Castro, 80’ Glory’s marquee man lined up a free-kick on the edge of the box and proceeded to hit it perfectly over the head of Moss and inside the far top corner to draw his side level. INJURY WARD Glory defender Joe Mills had to be replaced midway through the first half with a hamstring injury, with Marc Warren coming on for his first appearance since Round 12. Re-live the match on Twitter @ALeague, @WgtnPhoenixFC, @PerthGloryFC, #WELvPER

 

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Brisbane Roar FC 1 – 2 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix have kept their Hyundai A-League Finals Series hopes alive after recording a 2-1 upset win over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals in either half to Shane Smeltz and Roy Krishna proved decisive as Des Buckingham’s side bounced back from last week’s horror 5-1 loss at home to Melbourne City.

Brisbane started the brighter and should have taken the lead just before the half-hour mark with Thomas Broich failing to beat Glen Moss after being played in on goal by Brandon Borrello.

And the miss proved costly with Shane Smeltz firing Wellington ahead less than five minutes later after a brilliant cross from Adam Parkhouse.

The Phoenix grew in confidence after the goal and started to dictate the tempo as the game progressed, with the hosts appearing to struggle physically after a heavy schedule in recent weeks.

Wellington enjoyed the majority of possession in the early stages of the second stanza and took full advantage with Roy Krishna doubling the lead on the hour mark following a well-worked team move.

Brisbane fought their way back into the contest and pulled a goal back with Brandon Borelllo netting a sweet strike from distance with just over 15 minutes remaining.

The Roar continued to push for an equaliser but Wellington held firm to keep touch with the Hyundai A-League top six.

GOALS

0-1 Wellington Phoenix: Shane Smeltz, 32’

Phoenix fullback Adam Parkhouse found space down the left flank and whipped in a delightful cross which picked out an unmarked Shane Smeltz in the area, with the striker burying a clinical header into the left corner.

0-2 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 61’

Shane Smeltz played a delightful ball in behind for Kosta Barbarouses with the winger firing a well-weighted ball across the face of goal for Krishna to slot home from close range.

1-2 Brisbane Roar: Brandon Borrello, 75’

Substitute Joey Katebian found space in the box before teeing up Borrello on the edge of the area with the youngster hitting a sublime first-time strike which curled into the far corner, leaving Glen Moss with no chance.

INJURY WARD

Experienced Italian defender Marco Rossi was forced off inside 20 minutes for the Phoenix with what appeared to be a hamstring strain. The choppy nature of the pitch looked likely to play a role in the injury.

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Adelaide United 2 x 2 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix have been forced to settle for a point after playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Coopers Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a match played in stifling conditions, Adelaide raced out of the blocks and took an early lead with youngster Riley McGree netting a powerful strike.

Wellington settled and hit back almost immediately with fullback Tom Doyle embarking on a superb solo run before thumping a fizzing effort past Eugene Galekovic. After a fast-paced opening, the tempo of the game slowed considerably with Adelaide enjoying large periods of dominance in the opening stanza without truly testing Glen Moss in the Phoenix goal.

And the hosts were made to pay for their wastefulness with Roy Krishna firing Wellington ahead just before the break with a well-taken goal after a lightning counter-attack. Adelaide continued to press after the break and should have restored parity with Sergio Cirio and Iacopo La Rocca spurning brilliant chances to equalise midway through the second half. But their pressure eventually told with substitute Nikola Mileusnic bundling the ball home from close range after Ben Garuccio’s free-kick ricocheted off the post.

Sergio Cirio had a chance to net the winner in the final minute but screwed his effort wide as both sides were forced to settle for a point.  Catch up with all the action at our match centre here

GOALS 1-0: Adelaide United: Riley McGree, 7’ Sergio Cirio surged into the box before finding Marc Marino on the edge of the area with the attacker teeing up McGree. The youngster thumped a powerful first-time effort which flew into the back of the net, with a slight deflection leaving Glen Moss with no chance. 1-1: Wellington Phoenix: Tom Doyle, 11’ Doyle surged forward down the left flank, showing great feet to beat a host of Reds defenders before firing a swerving left-footed effort which whistled off the post and into the back of the net. 1-2: Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 37’ Phoenix burst forward after winning the ball inside their own half with Roy Krishna played in behind the Reds defence by Kosta Barbarouses before calmly slotting past Eugene Galekovic. 2-2 Adelaide United: Nikola Mileusnic, 80’ Ben Garrucio’s free-kick was pushed onto the post by Glen Moss with the rebound falling kindly to Mileusnic who fired the ball home from close range.

KEY MOMENT

Wellington could have all but sealed the win on the stroke of half-time with Kosta Barbarouses failing to capitalise on a clear-cut opportunity. The Kiwi attacker was played through on goal and looked certain to score but failed to fire a shot on goal after unsuccessfully attempting to round Reds keeper Eugene Galekovic.

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Perth Glory 2 x 1 Wellington Phoenix – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

A spectacular long range strike from Perth Glory skipper Rostyn Griffiths has inspired his side to a 2-1 comeback win over the Phoenix at nib Stadium on Thursday night.

In a match vital for both side’s finals aspirations the visitors took an early lead via the boot of Roy Krishna, with the Phoenix striker earning the distinction of netting the 4000th goal in Hyundai A-League history.

However just as Wellington looked to take a deserved lead into the break, Griffiths’ thunderbolt squared the ledger and brought the home fans to life.

Glory striker Adam Taggart nodded home what proved to be the winner shortly after the re-start, while Wellington’s bid to stage a fightback were hampered by the sending off of Krishna with half hour to play.

There was some late drama as the rain began to pelt down in Perth, with Andy Keogh fortunate to remain on the field after an altercation with Marco Rossi, while Andrew Durante was ropeable after he had his shouts for a last gasp penalty waved away.

The result sees Glory close the gap to fourth placed Melbourne City to three points, while the Phoenix remain in eighth spot following their first loss since Des Buckingham and Chris Greenacre took charge of the club.

GOALS

0-1 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 11’

A Shane Smeltz pass invited Krishna to charge into the box, with the Fijian international able to squeeze his low shot past Liam Reddy, who’ll feel culpable for the goal.

1-1 Perth Glory: Rostyn Griffiths, 45+1’

The ball broke for the Glory skipper on the cusp of half-time, with Griffiths firing a rocket from 25 yards out that thundered past Glen Moss and into the top corner.

2-1 Perth Glory: Adam Taggart, 51’

Andy Keogh was played into space by Diego Castro before whipping in a cross for Taggart who nodded home from close range to register his fifth goal of the campaign.

OPTA DATA

Newly installed Wellington boss Des Buckingham officially became the youngest Head Coach in Hyundai A-League history. Roy Krishna’s opener was his 24th goal for Wellington Phoenix taking him to outright second on their all-time scoring chart behind Paul Ifill (33). The result was Perth Glory’s fourth straight win over the Phoenix.

RED CARD

Roy Krishna was shown a straight red card for leaving his studs in on defender Shane Lowry, forcing the Phoenix to play the final half hour with 10-men.

CROWD

9210 @ nib Stadium

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Wellington Phoenix 2 x 2 Western Sydney Wanderers FC – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Western Sydney Wanderers have blown the chance to consolidate a spot in the top six after squandering a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw with Wellington Phoenix in Auckland on Saturday. Goals in each half to Brendon Santalab and Mitch Nichols gave the Wanderers the advantage before two quick-fire strikes to Gui Finkler and Roy Krishna rescued a point for the hosts. In a free-flowing encounter, Wellington started the brighter but failed to capitalise on their early dominance and were punished with Wanderers striker Brendon Santalab firing the visitors ahead in the 20th minute. Western Sydney grew in confidence and doubled their advantage early in the second stanza with Mitch Nichols on hand to finish a well-worked team goal. But in a stunning six-minute period, Wellington pulled a goal back from the spot through Roy Krishna just past the hour mark before Wanderers skipper Dimas missed a penalty less than 90 seconds later.   And it proved costly with Roy Krishna pulling the Phoenix level with a brilliant header shortly after with the Fijian profiting from some excellent work from Adam Parkhouse. The contest opened up in the final 20 minutes with both sides chasing a winner but neither team was able to capitalise as they were forced to share the spoils.

GOALS 0-1 Western Sydney Wanderers: Brendon Santalab, 20’ Dimas whipped in a dangerous ball from a corner with Santalab losing his marker before connecting with an acrobatic volley which rifled into the back of the net.

0-2 Western Sydney Wanderers: Mitch Nichols, 56’

Jack Clisby was afforded space on the left flank with the fullback delivering a wicked cross with Nichols ghosting in behind to slot past the onrushing Glen Moss.

1-2 Wellington Phoenix: Gui Finkler (pen), 62’

Roy Krishna was brought down in the area following a clumsy challenge from Jaushua Sotirio with Finkler stepping up to take the responsibility. The Brazilian kept his serve and calmly stroked the ball home past the wrong-footed Jerrad Tyson.

2-2 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 68’

Adam Parkhouse tracked down a loose ball inside the box before delivering a teasing cross to the back post with Krishna rising highest to bury a well-taken header.

 

PENALTY MISS

Leading 2-1, Western Sydney had the chance to extend their advantage from the spot after Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante collected Jaushua Sotirio inside the box. Dimas was handed the ball but the Spaniard’s weak effort was easily smothered by Glen Moss.

KEY MOMENT

Wanderers  had a brilliant chance to take a 2-0 lead in the 40th minute with Nico Martinez forcing a brilliant save out of Phoenix keeper Glen Moss. Martinez found space on the edge of the area after a well-worked move before firing a fizzing effort which Moss managed to tip over the bar and out for a corner.

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Wellington Phoenix 0 x 3 Central Coast Mariners – Hyundai A-League 2016/2017

Wellington Phoenix have put a tumultuous week behind them in impressive fashion, overpowering the Central Coast Mariners 3-0 as the Hyundai A-League came to Waikato Stadium for the first time on Saturday.

With Phoenix boss Ernie Merrick standing down during the week Chris Greenacre and Des Buckingham took charge of the home side and they only had to wait 90 seconds to see their side go in front.

A shot from Kosta Barbarouses took a deflection off Hamish Watson to open the scoring, with Vince Lia doubling his side’s advantage midway through the second stanza with a goal of the season contender.

Roly Bonevacia came close to netting a long range stunner of his own as the Phoenix continued to dominate proceedings but was denied by a fantastic save from Mariners keeper Ivan Necevski.

Instead the home side put an exclamation point on the result in the dying seconds of injury time as they went the length of the field on the counter, with Roy Krishna applying the finish.

The three points sees Wellington leapfrog Central Coast into seventh place, still with a game in hand, with both sides at home next weekend.

GOALS

1-0 Wellington Phoenix: Hamish Watson, 2’

Barbarouses was afforded too much space as he dribbled towards goal, inviting a shot from outside the box that took a deflection off Watson before finding the back of the net.

2-0 Wellington Phoenix: Vince Lia, 66’

A Phoenix free-kick didn’t make it past the wall, with the ball rebounding to Lia who blazed a long range shot into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch and in the stands.

3-0 Wellington Phoenix: Roy Krishna, 90+4’

The Mariners almost grabbed a late consolation following a scramble in the box, instead the home launched a length of the field counter-attack that saw Roy Krishna finish a fine team goal.

OPTA DATA

  • Waikato Stadium became the seventh different venue the Phoenix have played a home match at away from Wellington; they’ve been beaten just twice across these 17 matches.
  • The result was the first time the Phoenix have recorded back-to-back home wins in over a year (Rd 9, 2015/16).

INJURY WARD

Central Coast’s stand-in captain Storm Roux had to be substituted before the break with an ankle injury, replaced by Michael Neill.

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Roy Krishna says Wellington Pheonix can finish in the top two of the Hyundai A-League in season 2016/2017

Roy Krishna says Wellington Pheonix can finish in the top two of the Hyundai A-League in season 2016/17.

Friday, 30 September 2016

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Still buzzing from his Rio Olympics campaign, Phoenix striker Roy Krishna is targeting a top-two finish for Wellington in this season’s Hyundai A-League.

With a week to go before Ernie Merrick’s men open their campaign for Season 2016/17 at home to title favourites Melbourne City, Krishna is happy to talk up his team’s chances.

And with what appears a deeper squad than last season to cover for international commitments, there’s a spark of confidence in Wellington.
“We’ve got a lot of strikers now and our midfield is incredible and Marco Rossi at the back is incredible. He’s played in a huge league in Italy and you can see that,” the Fijian striker told reporters on Friday.

“We’ve got great depth… back of your mind you want to make the top two and hopefully win the league.

“But you want to target top two.”

And the livewire striker was upbeat about one of Ernie Merrick’s big new acquisitions.

“Kosta [Barbarouses] I know already, and Gui’s [Finkler’s] passing through, you just need to be in the right place and the right time.

“It kind of pushes me more to give to the team in training you can see everyone fighting for their spot.”

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Krishna is part of a very exciting front five in Wellington.

He’s joined by Hamish Watson, Barbarouses, Finkler and Michael McGlinchey plus there is new striker Adam Parkhouse from Australia’s NPL.

“With the signings we’ve had, with the pace up front it’s going to be an exciting season,” said Krishna, who added he learnt a lot from playing with the “big boys” at the Rio Olympics.

Krishna famously scored his nation’s first goal at an Olympics in a campaign in which they faced Germany, Mexico and Korea. His headed goal against the Mexicans was a classy effort and one that made headlines around the world.

“To see the pace [of football at the highest level] it’s something huge for me to learn from and hopefully I can show that with the Wellington boys,” added Krishna, one of the fastest players in the league.

With a number of All Whites on international duty, next week’s Hyundai A-League opener against City on October 8 will be a good gauge of the Phoenix squad’s depth.

And even though Tim Cahill won’t face Krishna’s side on October 8 – the superstar will also be on Socceroos duty – the Fijian is excited to see him in the league for his own reasons.

“Obviously he’s incredible what he’s been achieving and to have him in this league is huge, and personally [because] he’s from the islands as well [Samoa].

“I’ve been watching him in the Premier League and in the USA so it’ll be disappointing not to play him in the home game [next week] but when we play in the second game it’ll be something important.”

 

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Wellington Phoenix 1 x 1 Sydney FC

Sydney looked set to take all three points with marquee Filip Holosko netting a stunning solo strike in 84th minute to give the Sky Blues the advantage.

But a clumsy challenge from Jacques Faty on Tom Doyle inside the box gave the Phoenix the chance to equalise, with Krishna making no mistake from the spot.

GOALS

0-1 (Filip Holosko 84’) – The Slovakian received the ball on the touchline before embarking on a mazy dribble inside leaving two Phoenix defenders in his wake. The winger moved the ball onto his left boot before curling the ball from the top of the box past the helpless Glen Moss.

1-1 (Roy Krishna 90’) – The Fijian stepped up to the spot after Faty’s indiscretion and he made no mistake, coolly dispatching past the wrong footed Vedran Janjetovic.

KEY MOMENT

With scores locked at 0-0 just prior to half-time, Sydney FC were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area with young gun Brandon O’Neill handed the responsibility. The 21-year-old unleashed a fizzing effort which left Glen Moss stranded but ricocheted off the underside of the crossbar, with Phoenix able to clear the rebound.

COACH KILLER

Andrew Hoole was brought down inside the area by Manny Muscat in the 48th minute and the winger put his hand up to take the spot kick. But Phoenix keeper Glen Moss guessed the right way and pulled off an impressive save to keep the scores locked at 0-0.

FINAL WORD

Sydney FC will be disappointed to only come away with a point after dominating large periods of the contest at Westpac Stadium.

Graham Arnold will be pleased with the turnaround in form of marquee man Filip Holosko who has now netted in consecutive matches after a patchy start to the campaign.

The Phoenix will count themselves lucky to have escaped with a point after such a disappointing performance, especially at home.

Tom Doyle will miss Wellington’s next clash against Adelaide United through suspension, while Louis Fenton is also likely to be sidelined for a few weeks with an ankle complaint.

 

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Brisbane Roar 2 x 1 Wellington Phoenix

Brisbane Roar earned a first win in four matches by coming from behind to beat Wellington Phoenix 2-1 at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns on Saturday.

Roy Krishna opened the scoring with a well-taken suckerpunch on the stroke of half-time, but Roar regrouped late to snatch all three points through Steve Lustica and Jamie Maclaren.

Lustica levelled matters in the 71st minute when he linked with fellow substitute Jean Carlos Solorzano, before Maclaren’s sixth of the season sealed a much-needed victory for John Aloisi’s side.

GOALS

1-0 Roy Krishna (45’+1) – Afforded space to operate in the area, Krishna skilfully twisted away from Jack Hingert and clinically fired low inside Jamie Young’s near post.

1-1 – Steve Lustica (71’) –Solorzano’s clever movement in behind was matched by his smarts in picking out the well-timed run of Lustica, who rifled home the finish first-time.

2-1 – Jamie Maclaren (86’) – Foiled so often by Glen Moss, Maclaren finally earned reward for persistency with a fortunate ricochet allowing the Roar poacher to slide the winner into an empty net.

KEY MOMENT

While Brisbane’s own raft of wasted opportunities cost them a chance at three points, it was the failure of Roly Bonevacia to kill the contest which kept the door ajar for a Roar recovery.

The Phoenix star strode seemingly clean through on goal within five minutes of the restart but slowed into the area, allowing Jade North to recover and toe the ball away in a fine last-ditch challenge.

OPTA  DATA

Match Stats — Team Stats

Brisbane Roar FC  2 x 1 Wellington Phoenix
  • Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    2 66.7%33.3% 1
    Total Shots (including blocked shots)
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    15 53.6%46.4% 13
    Shots On Target
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    5 50%50% 5
    Blocked Shots
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    4 57.1%42.9% 3
    Shots from outside the box
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    4 40%60% 6
    Shots from inside the box
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    11 61.1%38.9% 7
    Shot Accuracy (excluding blocked shots)
    Brisbane Roar FC Comparison Wellington Phoenix
    45.5% 47.6%52.4% 50%

HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Glen Moss was eventually beaten by Jamie Maclaren but for much of the match consigned the striker to frustration – no more prominently than in the 74th minute.

Maclaren was found intelligently by a Lustica flick-on to have space for a potentially matchwinning one-on-one, only to be superbly denied by the outstretched legs of the onrushing Kiwi shot-stopper.

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

Three points vindicated John Aloisi’s belief that his side’s recent performance would soon enough reap results; however, a procession of squandered opportunities still requires some rectifying.

Steven Lustica’s goalscoring impact off the bench will surely move him up the pecking order for selection as a lack of punch from midfield increases the load on Jamie Maclaren’s shoulders.

THE FINAL WORD

Roy Krishna’s fifth goal of the season looked set to lead Ernie Merrick’s men into third until Roar shed their goalscoring funk in the final 20 minutes.

Goals from Steven Lustica and Jamie Maclaren ended a record of just four goals in five games for the Queensland side, who momentarily recapture second spot.

The defeat is only Wellington’s second in six matches, meaning a return home to meet Sydney FC next Saturday still promises plenty.

TEAMS

Brisbane Roar: Young (gk), Hingert, North, Bowles, Stefanutto, Corona (Lustica 66’), Petratos (Hervas 46’), McKay, Henrique (Solorzano 64’), Maclaren, Broich

Wellington Phoenix: Moss (gk), Fenton, Muscat, Durante, Ridenton, Riera, Rodriguez, Bonevacia, McGlinchey (Powell 78’), Rufer (Sarpong 46’), Krishna

Scorers: Krishna 45’+1, Lustica 71’, Maclaren 86’

Red Cards: Nil

Yellow Cards: McKay 32’, Ridenton 83’

Conditions: 30°C, cloudy

Attendance: 5,162 @ Cazalys Stadium, Cairns

 

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