Phoenix foiled in Melbourne by spotkick


Wellington Phoenix’s own teenager football writer Dan Moskovitz was at last Sunday’s match in Melbourne and filed this exclusive report.

Wellington Phoenix’s attempt for a three game unbeaten streak fell as Melbourne City beat them 2-1 at AAMI park.

The hosts started the game out well, making good chances, only to be saved by a superb Glen Moss, denying Luke Brattan from close range in the 7th minute and from an awkward angle in the 35th.

An early chance for a lead was denied by referee Kurt Ams as Krishna failed to get a penalty when he was brought down in the 12th minute.

The hosts took the lead when Nick Fitzgerald’s shot took an unlucky deflection off Marco Rossi, making it impossible for Moss to save.

The Phoenix started the second half lively, creating chances, and, just before the hour mark, Barbarouses was fouled in the box.

Krishna took the penalty, and although it was saved by Bouzanis, Krishna made no mistake putting in the rebound.

Ten minutes later the official made a debatable decision when he decided that Marco Rossi’s, shirt tugging with Bruno Fornaroli was good enough to give City a penalty. Despite Glen Moss diving the right way, Fornaroli’s penalty ended up in the back of the net

Phoenix came very close to equalising, when Durante was unable to put a sliding ball across the face of goal, and when Riddenton’s shot was saved by Bouzanis, but it was the hosts who took the three points.

Wellington travel to Adelaide on 3 December, before playing the Central Coast Mariners in Hamilton on 10 December.