The Wellington Phoenix team continued with their incredible barnstorming finish in the A-League season where they dispatched the Newcastle Jets with a 4-1 victory following their phenomenal David Williams treble that occurred at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets
Wellington Phoenix is currently chasing their first appearance in the finals in 4 years and have set their focus on overhauling either Melbourne or Sydney FC to qualify third and required a victory over the weekend to remain on track.
Although Wellington Phoenix missed Roy Krishna, the golden boot front runner for the year, the team needed Williams to make his mark during the match, and he immediately obliged where he combined effortlessly with Sarpreet Singh to make it through the defence of the Newcastle Jets in only 30 seconds after the game started.
The exceptional right-foot strike of Williams didn’t give Glen Moss, the goalkeeper for Newcastle Jets, any opportunities to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net. This is also Williams’ 9 goal of the season However, the striker, who is currently 31 years old, was far from done, even though Wellington Phoenix could only muster a 1-0 lead after halftime.
A penalty during the 60th minute provided Williams with his second goal followed by a remarkable curling effect during the 65th minute to give Williams his incredible hat-trick. During the 73rd minute, Singh managed to make it 4-1, allowing Wellington Phoenix to cruise through the rest of the match.
Wellington Phoenix is now eyeing the playoffs with more confidence than ever before as they managed to score a total of 15 goals in the past three matches.
Newcastle Jets’ Mistakes
The Newcastle Jets certainly had loads of opportunities during the first half of the match. They could level the score within 6 minutes after the start of the game. They almost scored an easy goal when Daniel Georgievski managed to break through on the left with plenty of room for Jair only for the striker to miss a beautiful sitter.
Both soccer teams played a very creative game, especially when you look at how dangerous Newcastle was with dead ball situations. However, the pace of Wellington in the middle kept the defence of the Jets stretched.
Goalkeepers Filip Kurto and Moss were both extremely busy during the match. Moss offered stunning diving save to stop the pile-driver from Max Burgess when 30 minutes were on the clock, while Kurto managed to punch the ball clear after a free kick was given to Dimitri Petratos.
The nail-biting action continued during the second half where Kurto managed to keep a clean sheet after an own-goal save during the 53rd minute. This occurred before Nigel Boogard, the skipper for the Jets, pulled Williams down while he was making a run for the goal. After this, a penalty was award to Wellington, allowing the team to retake the lead. Let’s hope their performance continues during the next matchup around the corner.