In a dead-rubber fixture to end a dead season for the Wellington Phoenix, they came out on top against a flat Melbourne City to move off the bottom of the A-League ladder.
The away side took the lead in the 20th minute and looked to be cruising to victory after Bruno Fornaroli’s wonder strike. The Nix had other ideas.
Playing for pride and trying to avoid the wooden spoon, a Sarpreet Singh-inspired Wellington came back to triumph 2 – 1 at the QBE Stadium in Auckland. The promising 19-year-old scored a brace with a well taken first and then a second which took a big deflection.
Oliver Sail – 6
A couple of nervy moments for the young custodian although he looked pretty comfortable for most of the game. Could do nothing to stop Fornaroli’s strike.
Scott Galloway – 6
City chose to exploit Wellington’s left more than their right in the first half meaning Galloway didn’t have too much to deal with. That didn’t really change in the second period.
Andrew Durante – 6
A solid performance by the veteran, who marshalled his defence well for most of the game. Did well to sweep things up when the ball was played in behind.
Dylan Fox – 5.5
It was always going to be tough for the inexperienced defender up against one of the league’s elite in Fornaroli. He struggled to contain the Uruguayan when he had his back to goal although he shouldn’t be too disappointed with his performance.
Liberato Cacace – 7.5
An outstanding performance by the young fullback who continues to showcase his potential. Struggled early on against the tricky Arzani but going forward he was very influential, with a couple of driving runs into the penalty area and good combination play with Singh down the left.