WELLINGTON. Wellington Phoenix overcame Central Coast Mariners to win 2-1. A goal from B. Nkololo was decisive in the 90min. It was Wellington Phoenix to strike first with a goal of A. Rufer at the 32′. Then Oskar Zawada scored again for Wellington Phoenix in the 40′ minute. Eventually, Béni Nkololo reduced the distance for Central Coast Mariners (90′). Eventually, that was it, and the result remained 2-1.
The match was played at the Westpac Stadium stadium in Wellington on Sunday and it started at 3:00 pm local time. The referee was Casey Reibelt with the assistance of Mark Rule and Isaac Trevis. The 4th official was Campbell-Kirk Waugh. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant at 21.3 degrees Celsius or 70.36 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 66%.
Central Coast Mariners had a superior ball possession 55% while Wellington Phoenix was struggling with a 45% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Central Coast Mariners was more pushing with 52 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 5 were on target. Nonetheless, Wellington Phoenix was capable to find the solution to win this match.
Wellington Phoenix shot 8 times, 3 on target, 5 off target. On the opposite side, Central Coast Mariners shot 17 times, 5 on target, 12 off target.
Wellington Phoenix received 6 yellow cards (C. Elliot, Béni Nkololo, A. Rufer, U. Talay, Oskar Zawada and Oliver Sail). On the other side, Central Coast Mariners received 2 yellow cards (Storm Roux and N. Triantis).
After this contest, Wellington Phoenix will have 20 points like Western Sydney Wanderers to sit in the 4th place. Talking about the opposition, Central Coast Mariners will stay with 22 points to hold in the 2nd place.
In the next match in the A-League, Wellington Phoenix will play away with Macarthur on the 30th of April with a 3-1 head to head stats in favor of Wellington Phoenix (2 draws).
Central Coast Mariners will play away agasint Adelaide United on the 29th of April with a 23-22 head to head statistic in favor of Adelaide United (5 draws).
Wellington Phoenix – Formation
Wellington Phoenix adopted the conservative line-up (4-4-2).
The manager Ufuk Talay decided to play with the following team: Oliver Sail, Callan Elliot , Tim Payne , Joshua Laws , Lucas Mauragis , Kosta Barbarouses , Alex Rufer , Clayton Lewis , Bozhidar Kraev , David Ball and Oskar Zawada .
The home team had on the bench: Finn Surman, Sam Sutton, Steven Ugarković, Alex Paulsen, Oskar van Hattum, Benjamin Old and Yan Sasse.
Wellington Phoenix made 3 changes: C. Lewis for Steven Ugarkovic (51′), Bozhidar Kraev for B. Old (77′) and David Ball for F. Surman (82′).
Best player: Joshua Laws
Following our analysis, the most impressive player for Wellington Phoenix was Joshua Laws even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 44 passes (81% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 5 duels out of 5. He performed 1 cross.
Central Coast Mariners – Formation
Also Central Coast Mariners adopted the conservative line-up (4-4-2).
Nick Montgomery played with: Danny Vukovic, Storm Roux , Nectarios Triantis , Brian Kaltack , Jacob Farrell , Beni Nkololo , Joshua Nisbet , Harrison Steele , Samuel Silvera , Michael Ruhs and Marco Túlio .
The following players were sitting on the bench: Christian Theoharous, Cameron Windust, Yaren Sözer, Paul Ayongo , Maximilien Balard , Thomas Kevin Aquilina and Daniel Hall .
Central Coast Mariners made 5 changes: Harrison Steele for Thomas Aquilina (46′), Storm Roux for M. Balard (46′), Michael Ruhs for Paul Ayongo (59′), J. Nisbet for Christian Theoharous (73′) and J. Farrell for D. Hall (73′).
Best player: Brian Kaltack
The most impressive player for Central Coast Mariners was Brian Kaltack.
His rating iswith 79 passes (87% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 10 duels out of 12. He performed 1 cross.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the A-League.