Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wellington Phoenix lose at Palmerston North

Sydney FC took over at the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 away win over seventh-placed Wellington Phoenix this evening in a match played at Palmerston North.

It was the end of a 14-match unbeaten home run for Wellington.

A penalty on the quarter-hour converted by Steve Corica settled the game.

The penalty was awarded for Jon McKain’s foul on Alex Brosque.

Wellington had 15 shots on goal compared to Sydney’s eight, while Wellington also won the corner count 8-4.

The match was played in an 85km per hour gale which favoured Wellington in the first half, but they could not capitalise on it.

Their best chance came when their Brazilian, Daniel, crossed from the left, but Tim Brown’s tame left-foot strike was headed off the line by Sebastian Ryall.

Sydney played with ten men for the final ten minutes after Simon Colosimo received a straight red card for going into a tackle with his studs high.

1 comment:

Kiwi Fan said...

Wellington's home run of 14 games without defeat, which equalled Sydney FC's record, did not really come to an end as this is not technically true. Palmerston North is not really their home ground.

They took the A-League to another venue in the North Island, which is a bit like Sydney FC playing a 'home' game in Canberra.