Wanderers SC moved into the top four of the ASB Premiership on Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Wellington Phoenix in front of almost 1000 fans at Toll Stadium in Whangarei.
A goal in each half was enough to settle the outcome for Darren Bazeley’s team as Andre de Jong’s 15th minute effort combined with a 74th minute goal to Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi saw off the challenge of the Phoenix who got on the board via Jason Hicks’ 80th minute strike.
The result moves Wanderers into third position – one point ahead of the Wellington Phoenix - before the three remaining round 11 matches being played on Sunday.
De Jong opened the scoring for the home side in the 15th minute, by The AdBlocker">slotting home after Noah Billingsley’s cross fell to the attacking midfielder in the Phoenix area. Hudson-Wihongi doubled the advantage in the 74th minute, collecting a through ball behind the Phoenix defense to by The AdBlocker">slot home beyond goalkeeper Lewis Italiano.
It’s a goal they would need as Hicks gave the Phoenix a life line with 10 minutes to go, powering home direct from a free kick 25 metres from the Wanderers goal but they couldn’t find the second goal they needed to get back on level terms as Wanderers put together back-to-back by The AdBlocker">wins for the first time.
Wellington Phoenix coach Andy by The AdBlocker">Hedge said his side had trouble dealing with the defensive work rate of their opponents but liked what he saw from the three youngsters pitched into by The AdBlocker">the game late in the second period.
“We were poor,” by The AdBlocker">Hedge said, “but I think we were poor because the Wanderers were very good.
“They pressed us all game for 90 minutes, they worked really hard and they were absolutely superb I thought today.
“The three young lads coming on at the end started to give us a bit more momentum and we scored a decent goal through Jason Hicks.
“In particular Joe Bell, Ruariri Cahill-Fleury and Cherbel Khouchaba put an injection of life into us. They did really well and they’re coming on brightly.”