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Southern United
Team Wellington
Sun 27 Jan 14:00 - League Full time

Southern battle out a well-earned point against Team Wellington

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Southern continued their strong form at the stadium by holding Team Wellington to a goalless draw

Southern United and Team Wellington put on an entertaining display but found clear-cut chances tricky to carve out. In-form front-man Garbhan Coughlan came closest to breaking the deadlock for Southern in acrobatic fashion, sending a bicycle kick just wide of the post.

Team Wellington came off a 2-2 draw against Tasman United under controversial circumstances, while Southern earned a resounding 3-1 win against Hamilton Wanderers.

The reigning Oceania champions held much possession of the ball, but it was Southern that had the bigger chances, as Abdulla Al-Kalisy's effort off a rebound from Garbhan's shot was saved on the line, Markus Fjørtoft not being able to convert from close range off a freekick, as well as Coughlan's aforementioned strike.

An approach predicated on defensive solidity laid much of the groundwork for Southern in the game, as Team Wellington's attacking options had proved challenging when the teams met in Wellington. While the visiting side was able to enjoy possession in Southern's half, most notably in the second half, there were no gilt-edged chances for the side, as Southern defended resolutely. Team Wellington's biggest chance came in the second half, as a cross found Jack Henry-Sinclair back post but his header was hit wide.

Southern were able to ride the pressure, earn themselves a well-earned point and continue their good form at the stadium. It was a pleasing performance for the team and fans alike, as Southern look to make strides towards the deep-end of the season.

Southern will be back at Forsyth Barr Stadium next Sunday, as they host Waitakere United. We hope to see you there!

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89:00 Sub Off
Abdulla Al-Khalisy is substituted off for Southern United
89:00 Sub On
Azariah Soromon is substituted on for Southern United
72:00 Sub Off
Sam Pickering is substituted off for Southern United
72:00 Sub On
Alex Cox is substituted on for Southern United
60:00 Sub Off
Ben Deeley is substituted off for Southern United
60:00 Sub On
Benjamin Wade is substituted on for Southern United
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  • Southern United
  • Team Wellington
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  • Ben Deeley Sub Off 60:00'
  • Benjamin Wade Sub On 60:00'
  • Sam Pickering Sub Off 72:00'
  • Alex Cox Sub On 72:00'
  • Abdulla Al-Khalisy Sub Off 89:00'
  • Azariah Soromon Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Little, Liam Little, Liam
O'Keeffe, Conor O'Keeffe, Conor
Fjørtoft, Markus Fjørtoft, Markus
Ledwith, Danny Ledwith, Danny
Last, Stephen Last, Stephen
Panzer, Erik Panzer, Erik
Pickering, Sam Pickering, Sam
Whitehead, Tony Whitehead, Tony
Al-Khalisy, Abdulla Al-Khalisy, Abdulla
Coughlan, Garbhan Coughlan, Garbhan
Deeley, Ben Deeley, Ben

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