Wellington Phoenix 3-0 Newcastle Jets: Match Report

A scrappy game at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium saw the home side emerge convincing winners, at least according to the scoreline. In truth it was an evenly matched game and only a late flurry from Wellington separated the two teams.

After Tarek Elrich had been denied by some Glen Moss heroics on numerous occasions in the first half, Shane Smeltz showed him how to finish by chipping home Wellington’s second delicately, after Bertos has scrambled in the first in the exact opposite of fashion. The result was sealed with a late Smeltz penalty, after Hearfield was felled in the box.

The win gives the ‘Nix the chance to keep fighting for a top four finish and a place in the play-offs and adds another layer of disappointment to Newcastle’s season as reigning Champions. Click the banner above for the full match report.


2 Responses to Wellington Phoenix 3-0 Newcastle Jets: Match Report

  1. Bill says:

    Smeltz has just gone from strength to strength, hasn’t he! His second goal was pure class. But of course, he’s only one player – he’s sharp, but like any striker he can only score if there’s a chance there to be taken. Smeltz is good but I don’t think he’s irreplaceable for next season.

  2. Adam says:

    You’re right, Smeltz isn’t irreplaceable, but I’m not sure if we as a club can replace him. Smeltz is the best striker in the league at the moment, and it is difficult to think of another player of his quality that we could realistically sign. As a New Zealand club without much success (so far) and a limited amount of money to throw at players, there are usually more attractive options for strikers of real quality, and indeed the only reason we probably got Smeltz was because he was struggling in England and knew Ricki through the All Whites.

    It will be a big test of the Phoenix’s scouting skills, and Ricki and Terry’s ability to sell the club to players.

    Thanks for your comment 🙂

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