Wellington Phoenix have got back on track as they managed a solid victory over Adelaide United in front of a healthy 13, 654 fans at Westpac Stadium on Friday night. Those fans, participating in the “Save the Nix” campaign were treated to a solid game of football as Wellington claimed the 4-2 win.
The loss continues Adelaide United’s horrific start to the 2015-16 season, as they still sit bottom of the table, looking for their first win. But it could have been so different as Adelaide opened the scoring in just third minute as Tarek Elrich ran deep and then crossed in for Craig Goodwin to have a simple finish.
Just one minute later Wellington were back on level terms in a thrilling start to the match after an amazing run from Roy Krishna. He slalomed his way in to the box and then slammed home, while one-on-one with the keeper.
But the exciting play continued as Adelaide United were close to restoring their lead and only Glen Moss stopped that from happening. Bruce Djite found space from distance, and hit a powerful shot which Moss was able to parry clear.
After such a frantic opening to the match, things calmed down, and it took until the 22nd minute before the third goal of the match. Krishna cut inside his man and then slid a ball for Roly Bonevacia who was able to slot it home for the 2-1 Wellington lead.
Adelaide were looking to respond as they went on the attack, getting in to a good position on a number of occasions. Yet for all of that good field position they just could not convert, with Wellington doing well defensively.
The best chance of the late stages of the first half fell to Wellington in the 44th minute with Krishna at it again. Krishna back heeled the ball to Alex Rodriguez but he sent it high and wide of goal which kept the match 2-1 at the break.
It took six minutes in to the second half for another goal to come and it was the goal that started taking the match away from Adelaide United. The goal came from Bonevacia, who sealed his brace with a stunning strike from distance to double Wellington’s lead.
Now two goals down, Adelaide were forced to chase the game but it was Wellington who had the next good chance. Jeffrey Sapong made the chance, unleashing a shot out of nowhere, which beat John Hall, but could only find the woodwork.
Wellington really sealed the match in the 68th minute after Krishna was at it again, forcing a diving save out of Hall. But that rebound only fell as far as Matt Ridenton, who was left with a simple tap-in to make it four.
Sergio Cirio could well have pulled a goal back for Adelaide as the ball was played through for him. That allowed him to run through on goal but Glen Moss rushed out well, and blocked the shot, to keep Wellington three goals up.
With one minute to play Adelaide pulled a goal back when Craig Goodwin hit a powerful, low shot, in to the back of the net. But that was much too little, much too late as Adelaide remain rooted to the bottom of the table.