ALL ARMS AND LEGS: Stein Huysegems (bottom) and Wanderers’ Shannon Cole get tangled up.
ALL ARMS AND LEGS: Stein Huysegems (bottom) and Wanderers’ Shannon Cole get tangled up. Ross Setfordaap

The Phoenix not rising just yet

DESPITE sitting near the bottom of the ladder, Wellington could have considered itself unlucky in its 0-all draw against the second-placed Wanderers at Westpac Stadium yesterday.

The home side peppered the Western Sydney goal inside the final 10 minutes, with striker Paul Ifill coming tantalisingly close on two occasions.

In the 82nd minute, the Barbados veteran forced Ante Covic to parry a swerving left-foot shot from inside the penalty box.

And deep into injury time, Ifill could have snatched his team's first win of the season, volleying a corner, but was denied by the post on the last play of the game.

The final 10 minutes was not the only period where the Phoenix could have snared an upset win.

In the 24th minute, Carlos Hernandez was presented with a gift opportunity to score his first goal of this season following a Stein Huysegems squared ball, but he scuffed a simple chance.

In the 74th minute, the Wanderers pressed for a goal, but Wellington defender Andrew Durante came up with brilliant blocks on Mark Bridge and then Aaron Mooy.

The hosts then mounted a series of desperate but unsuccessful raids.


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