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Phoenix win eighth game, set new club record

AAP Report from RNZ
The Welington Phoenix came from behind to beat Central Coast 3-2 in the A-League football game at Westpac Stadium tonight and set a new club record of eight games without a loss.

The Mariners suffered another bout of red-card heartache as they suffered their 10th successive defeat but this was among the most sour for Mike Mulvey’s last-placed side, having fully warranted their 2-0 halftime lead.

A straight sending off of defender Kye Rowles 40 seconds after the break turned the match on its head. It allowed Wellington to take control, extending their unbeaten run to a club record eight games and remain entrenched in the top six.

History repeated for Central Coast, who also dominated the early stages of last week’s 5-2 loss to Sydney FC before defender Kalifa Cisse saw red.

Phoenix marksman Roy Krishna was the beneficiary, converting two penalties to take his season tally to nine.

Both times he won the spot kick, including the critical moment when Rowles was dismissed for a push to his back when clear on goal.

Referee Alex King also had no hesitation when Krishna was clattered into by Jacob Melling 10 minutes later.

Krishna set up the 65th-minute winner with a slick burst and assist for fellow- striker David Williams.

It meant a season-high home crowd 10,186 could celebrate a milestone for skipper Andrew Durante, who became the first player to appear in 300 A-League matches.

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1 comment:

  1. Terry S., 14. January 2019, 19:30

    Good to see the Phoenix flying again and the supporters returning too.