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.