Monday, September 20, 2010

Heart overcome Phoenix despite missing a beat from scorer Aloisi

Melbourne Heart obtained their second win of the A-League season yesterday afternoon when they overcame Wellington Phoenix 2-1 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

After a goalless opening half, John Aloisi put the Heart in front in the 50th minute.

Five minutes later, he missed an absolute sitter, hitting the underside of the crossbar from just 2 metres out.

He must have sighed with relief when Alex Terra made it 2-0 in the 66th minute. Nick Ward lost possession to Gerard Sibon, and the tall Dutch striker fed Terra, who scored with a blistering left-footed drive from 18 metres.

Poor defending by Heart allowed Wellington to get back into the match. A cross from the left with the outside of his right foot by Paul Ifill enabled Tim Brown to pull a goal back for the visitors and set the scene for a tense finish.

The result put Melbourne Heart in 7th place and level on 8 points with 6th-ranked Wellington Phoenix.

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