The longest road trip in world football had yet another edition on Sunday as Perth Glory made the long trip to Wellington but managed to come out victorious winning an entertaining match 2-1 at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The win sees Perth end their poor run at Wellington, making it just their second ever win in New Zealand.
Perth started the match well but it didn’t take long for Wellington to ease their way in to the match. Despite that both sides struggled to create any real chances in the opening stages with the first chance not really coming until after the quarter-hour mark.
RolyBonevacia was looking dangerous for the Phoenix and he sent a warning sign away in the 16th minute as he hit a powerful volley that went over the bar. Just one minute later, Bonevacia was at it again, as he found space and this time kept his shot low, hitting a worm burning shot that Danny Vukovic did well to get down to and save.
That was leading to a good passage for Wellington as they kept the pressure up on the visitors and two new boys linked up to create the next chance. Michael McGlinchey was able to use a beautiful touch to play Nathan Burns free on goal but again Vukovic was big for his team as he managed another save.
After that opportunity Perth Glory responded and in the 32nd minute they had the lead, stunning Wellington Phoenix. Mitch Nichols sent in a ball for Andy Keogh, who continued his impressive form from pre-season, hitting a glancing header that hit the back of the net.
That goal allowed Perth Glory to have the momentum but they couldn’t take advantage of the chances. McGlinchey had another good late chance as he hit a free-kick but he couldn’t hit the target keeping it 1-0 at the break.
Perth Glory started the second half well and if not for a phenomenal save from Glen Moss, it would have been 2-0 two minutes in to the half as he saved Mitch Nichols effort. Youssuf Hersi was looking dangerous for Glory but he wasn’t getting enough assistance.
Wellington’s best chances were coming on the counter as they tried to find a way back in to the match but with 20 minutes to play they really started to lift. In the 72nd minute Wellington had their goal as Bonevacia released Burns who sent in a cross for McGlinchey who managed an impressive finish.
Wellington kept on attacking after the goal as they went about trying to find a winner and if not for Danny Vukovic in the Perth Goal they could well have had the second. Burns and then Manny Muscat both put Vukovic to work but he kept them out.
With four minutes to play Perth took all three points as Wellington gave up the ball which allowed Jamie Maclaren to run through on goal allowing him to hit a powerful strike that left the keeper with no chance. That goal proved to be enough as Wellington tried to find a winner but they failed in their attempts to find the equalizer that saw Perth win the match.