Written by Keegan Pulik
Throughout the entire saga involving the Wellington Phoenix over the past 3 weeks, Wellington would have been desperate to put in a good performance against a lowly rated Central Coast side. The match started positively for the Kiwi’s when Michael McGlinchey opened the scoring only 8 minutes into the game, but Wellington were not able to maintain the lead as Roy O’Donovan equalised in the 76th. Despite not being able to hold the lead for the remaining 82 minutes, Phoenix didn’t look too bad in this match, obviously not the result they would have wanted but given the circumstances and having to travel to Melbourne and Gosford without knowing how where their futures lie.
With the future of the Phoenix entirely in hands of the FFA, Wellington will need to get behind their squad with huge attendances and TV ratings improving. Reportedly since the news broke of Wellington’s possible exit from the league the memberships having rapidly increased in order to show the interest in the club, it is also being said that the Nix group have reached out to the NZFA for support. Also reports that a meeting with Frank Lowy, Chairman of the FFA, came to a conclusion that the club needs to increase a fan base around New Zealand, which could lead to a possible rebranding of the club. Watch this space over the coming months it will be and interesting saga.
Adelaide’s poor start to the season continued last week being hammered 4-2 by a resurgent City side who were keen to bounce back after the shock loss to the Jets the week before. It took for United to fall 3-0 behind before they posted their first goal of the season, not including the two own goals that were scored for them, and the honour fell to their Spanish maestro Sergio Cirio. But even though Cirio’s goal brought the match slightly within reach it was quickly extended back to 3 when Bruno Fornaroli scored 5 minutes later. Adelaide received a consolation penalty which was converted in the final stages of the match by Pablo Sanchez but by then it was too little too late with Adelaide being easily beat.
Wellington having the odd Friday match at home in front of an anticipated huge crowd to boost the Save the Nix campaign. Adelaide have been woeful and Wellington having everything to play for.
Newysports' Panel Tips:
Keegan’s Tip: 3-1 Wellington
Ty’s Tip: 1-1 Draw
Alex’s Tip: 2-1 Wellington