Sunday, 30 November, 2014
For immediate release
The Wellington Phoenix moved into fourth place in the ASB
Premiership after a see-saw 4-3 victory over Southern United at
Rugby Park in Invercargill on Sunday.
All Whites striker Joel Stevens was in the thick of the
action, involved in all four goals and scoring three himself - Two
of which came from the penalty spot.
The visitors opened the scoring in the ninth minute when
Nathaniel Hailemariam headed home Stevens' cross but that lead
lasted just 10 minutes as Southern's Tom Jackson pounced on a
scramble after a corner to fire home.
The home side then took a
35th minute lead when Nicholas Hindson
struck after good lead up work from Jackson but Mike Fridge's side
only enjoyed the lead briefly before halftime before Stevens struck
the first of two penalties after a Southern handball.
After the break, Stevens put the visitors back in front
with a 59th minute effort and the U-20
international completed his hat-trick from the spot with 10 minutes
to go to make it 4-2.
Jackson was able to pull a goal back with an
88th minute header but the home side
couldn't find a leveller in stoppage time.
Wellington Phoenix coach Andy Hedge was pleased his side
earned the three points from what was a challenging trip
"It was an interesting game", Hedge said, "we were much
better when we moved the ball. Every time our players dwelled on it
and dribbled with it we got caught out and Southern counter
attacked really quickly and really well.
Overall it was a great game for the spectators. It was end to
end with lots of chances so we're happy with the three
Hedge said his side were able to deliver largely on their
plans which had the team prepared to face Southern's style of
"We knew Southern would hit us with counter attacks so we
were conscious of over-committing players forward. It's good for
these guys to play against that style of football".
Fridge was left frustrated by missed opportunities and
"We're very disappointed", Fridge said, "if you score
three goals at home you'd like to think you'd win the game. But to
concede four was very disappointing".
"We had two or three great chances in the first 15 minutes
and we've been punished for not taking chances".
Fridge said that while the work rate of his team remained high,
there was room for improvement in applying pressure quicker to
"These guys are a tremendous bunch and they'll give 100 percent
but there were patches where I don't think we were closing down and
pressing as well as we can do. If you give teams too much time on
the ball, they can hurt you".
ASB Premiership 2014-15 - Round 5
Sunday 30 November
Southern United 3-4 Wellington Phoenix (Half:
SU: Tom Jackson 19', 90', Nicholas Hindson 35'
WP: Nathaniel Hailemariam 9', Joel Stevens 42' (Pen),
59', 80' (Pen)
1. Tom Batty (GK), 2. Ross Howard, 3. Craig Ferguson, 4. Campbell
Attwood, 6. George Milne, 7. Eder Franchini (17. Joshua Stewart
77'), 8. Andrew Ridden (16. David Hayman 66'), 9. Tom Jackson, 10.
Victor Da Costa, 11. Tim McLennan, 21. Nicholas Hindson (15. Thomas
Substitutes not used:
14. Taylor McCormack, 19. Alistair
30. Oliver Sail (GK), 14. Alex Rufer, 28. Xavier Pratt (39. Joe
Bell 85'), 29. Joel Stevens, 31. Andrew Blake, 32. Tamupiwa
Dimario, 33. James McGarry (6. Merlin Luke-Miny 90'), 35. Sam
Wilson, 36. Cherbel Khouchaba, (23. Gianni Bouzoukis 88'), 37.
Nathaniel Hailemariam 38. Justin Gulley
Substitute not used:
40. Marcel Kampman
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