Wellington Phoenix have hit a rich vein of form and they showed it on Saturday evening as they won a thrilling match at Westpac Stadium. Phoenix managed to beat Brisbane Roar 3-2 thanks to a late Blake Powell goal.
In the 11th minute Wellington players and fans were hoping for a penalty as Roy Krishna went down in the box. That saw all the fans baying for blood for a penalty but the referee was unmoved, and made the correct decision.
A poor Wellington Phoenix free kick resulted in the opening goal, as the Phoenix completely messed up the effort, which allowed Brisbane to counter. Thomas Broich set up Dimitri Petratos who shot past Glenn Moss and off the post, in to the back of the net.
That goal should have rattled Wellington, who were controlling the match up to that point but it didn’t and Wellington leveled the scores in the 35th minute. This one came from a much better free-kick, which Michael McGlinchey who lifted it over the wall and down in to the bottom left corner of the net.
The match proved to be open as both sides really looked to go for the match, creating a real end-to-end affair. But neither side could break through until halftime, but not for the lack of effort as the sides went to the break 1-1.
Wellington got off to a perfect start in the second half as they were able to take the lead for the first time. Krishna was played through along with Jeffrey Sapong, who drew some defence, allowing Krishna the shot which was too powerful for the keeper to react to.
After now going a goal ahead, Wellington were determined to double their lead, but soon enough Brisbane went on the attack themselves. The Roar got their equalizer on the hour mark as Jose Corona sent it in and found Jade North whose effort managed to get through a sea of defence to make it 2-2.
Brisbane were looking to continue their momentum as they kept attacking and were getting in to dangerous positions. But for all of that work, the Wellington defence was determined to hold out and stay in the match.
But Wellington stayed positive, and looked to find a goal and in the 78th minute they were able to restore their lead. Tom Doyle was able to send the ball in to Blake Powell at the far post which he tapped in to make it 3-2.
Powell was looking very lively and he was a key player through the final ten minutes as he kept on the attack. That allowed few chances for Brisbane in those closing stages, and Wellington were able to hold on for the victory.