Wanderers too strong for Phoenix

Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers.
Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers. Hagen Hopkins - Getty Images

A GOAL by Labinot Haliti in his 100th A-League game was the icing on the cake yesterday as Western Sydney consolidated fourth place on the ladder by beating the Phoenix 2-0 in Wellington.

The 27-year-old took advantage of an embarrassing defensive error by the home side to knock in the second goal for the visitors who had been outplayed for much of the first hour.

Wanderers keeper Ante Covic, who could only watch on as gale-force winds "blew" a goal at the same venue the last time the teams met, was superb in goal this time around.

The visitors took the lead after 71 minutes when defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley scored from a brilliant diving header which gave keeper Justin Pasfield no chance.

The small Wellington crowd was left bemused when Haliti put the issue beyond doubt 11 minutes when lack of communication between Pasfield and defender Ben Sigmund opened the door for the match-winner.

The Phoenix had a couple of late chances but were unable to find the net, the players walking off dejectedly with the boos of home fans echoing around the mostly-empty stadium.


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