Scrappy scoreless stalemate in Sydney
After a scrappy first 45 minutes the fare didn’t get much better in the second half as both teams huffed and puffed but failed to land a killer blow.
Phoenix, however, hit the post in the second half courtesy of Alex Rodriguez as did the other Alex, Brosque of Sydney, with a great opportunity late as the game belatedly came to life.
Manny Muscat appeared to have pushed Sydney FC skipper Alex Brosque inside the box with 10 to go. It wasn’t given.
And minutes later Alex Brosque should’ve won it as he scooted past Fenton but fired onto the post as the ball ran across the goal-line and was scrambled away.
So many moments of class from Roly Bonevacia. Sublime touches and awareness. One of the league’s finest attacking midfielders.
Brosque hit the post in the final 10 minutes. On his trusty left peg it looked like the winner. It wasn't.
THE FINAL WORD
A disappointing night for the purists with a general lack of excitement but Phoenix will be happier with the point. As for Sydney, it’s now four games winless. They now must prepare to face the Jets next week at home as Phoenix return to New Zealand to meet the might of Victory.
Sydney FC: Janjetovic, Ryall, Gersbach, Jurman, Dimitrijevic (O’Neill 57’) Smeltz, Ninkovic (Hoole 57’), Brosque, Holosko (Simon 70’), Grant, Tavares
Subs: Anderson, Hoole, O’Neill, Simon, Necevski (GK)
Wellington Phoenix: Moss, Gulley (Powell 56’), Durante, Muscat, Doyle, Riera, Rodriguez, Fenton, Bonevacia (Sarpong 80’), McGlinchey (Lia 87’), Krishna.
Subs: Italiano (GK), Lia, Ridenton, Powell, Sarpong
Red cards: na/
Sydney FC: Dimitrijevic, O’Neill, Smeltz
Phoenix: Bonevacia, Lia
Conditions: Humid, Overcast