Wellington win on waterlogged afternoonPosted: March 22, 2015
Brisbane Roar (1) Kaluderovic 5’
Wellington Phoenix (2) McGlinchey 20’, Burns (45’)
10,075 at Lang Park, Brisbane
* Game abandoned in the 73rd minute due to wet weather
Brisbane: Young, Polenz, Donachie, DeVere, Brown, Brattan, Clut, McKay, Borrello, Petratos, Kaluderovic.
Substitutions: Brady for Petratos (70’)
Unused Substitutes: Chalmers, Stefanutto, Sarota, Lustica.
Yellow Cards: Nil.
Red Cards: Nil
Wellington: Moss, Boxall, Sigmund, Durante, Fenton, Riera, Lia, Bonevacia, McGlinchey, Krishna, Burns.
Substitutions: Rodriguez for Krishna (65’).
Unused Substitutes: Italiano, Doyle, Hicks, Griffiths.
Wellington Phoenix have secured a 2-1 win tonight over the Roar here in Brisbane this evening keeping the visitors top of the A-League for a second straight week.
First half goals from Michael McGlinchey and Nathan Burns were enough to secure all three points for the Phoenix after they cancelled out Andrija Kaluderovic’s opener.
The result wasn’t without controversy however with the game abandoned in the 73rd minute after torrential rain throughout the second half saw the pitch waterlogged and made it near impossible to play football on.
Brisbane stuck with the majority of the side who picked up a 3-3 draw against Suwon midweek, with only full-backs Jerome Polenz and Corey Brown coming in to replace Jack Hingert and Shane Stefanutto.
Attacking trio Henrique, Thomas Broich and Jean Carlos Solórzano were all left out due to injury, with the recently naturalised Henrique set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines according to the manager.
Wellington meanwhile made two changes to the side who beat Perth last week, with Nathan Burns returning to the side while the injured Manny Muscat was replaced by Michael Boxall.
The visitors started the game in the ascendency controlling the opening passages of play, however it would be the home side to open the scoring in the fifth minute.
Dimitri Petratos played a ball down the left hand side for the overlapping Corey Brown to run onto, and the young left back cut the ball back for Serbian striker Kaluderovic to tap in from close range for his first goal from open play for Brisbane.
Wellington levelled the scores in the 20th minute after a mazy run from Nathan Burns down their right hand side saw the Socceroo beat four Brisbane defenders before his cut back was blasted into the net by McGlinchey.
Both sides had a couple of chances throughout the remainder of the half, with Devante Clut and Dimitri Petratos having the best efforts for Brisbane, while the attacking duo of Burns and Krishna were dangerous for the Phoenix.
Just as it seemed like the game would go into half time level, Wellington took a deserved lead when Roly Bonevacia’s shot cannoned back off the post, straight to the feet of Nathan Burns who had an easy tap in.
After threatening to do so for the first half, the heavens opened at the start of the second with rain teeming down making it very tough for both sides. I think the rain was actually much heavier than it even appeared on the TV, with the referee stopping play after an hour to have a brief chat with the match commissioner about a possible abandonment.
The game continued on however with Brisbane pushing forward chasing an equaliser but not having anything other than set pieces which the home side failed to capitalise on.
With another set piece however and 73 minutes on the clock, Referee Alan Milliner then decided in conjunction with the match commissioner that the conditions were un-safe and adjudged that the game should be abandoned.
Based on rule 22.22, Wellington were awarded the victory based in the rule that if the game is abandoned in the second half, with the score remaining unchanged from the start of the second half.
Up next: Brisbane’s busy run continues with another home game against Western Sydney on Wednesday evening. After today’s loss, Brisbane sits five points behind Melbourne City in 7th position, and while the Roar have two games in hand they’ll need to start winning games to secure a finals berth.