Sunday Evening provided us with the most entertaining match of the round, Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix.
If you’re only just tuning in to the league, the Nix are currently flying high while Melbourne Victory are in a little slump after an annihilating start to the season.
Given the current form and the exciting football played, Nix fans were even more excited by this fixture and travelled in numbers to Melbourne.
Ola Toivonen opened the scoring within 5 minutes, as quick as it took the footballing community to come to their own conclusion regarding the current Matildas fiasco. However the lead was to be short lived as fun-loving goal-scoring David Williams responded with a tap in on the other end.
After witnessing last night’s 0-0 with sweet FA to be excited about, I was on the edge of my seat. Well not literally cos who sits like that? But it was some exciting shit.
Even though the scoring calmed temporarily in the first half, the intensity didn’t. Clearly confused as to which sport they were at within the precinct, spectators heads were continuously moving from left to right.
The Victory were soon to lose some (not all) Hope as he (Hope) gave away a penalty on Krishna. As per the goal-scoring genius, Krishna converted the penalty and the Nix found themselves 2-1 up.
Krishna continuously making a name for himself, tapped in a rebound from Thomas’s gloves, becoming the first player in the A-League to score three consecutive doubles. It’d be safe to say he won’t be the only Phoenix player scoring for fun in Melbourne tonight.
James Troisi, keeping his phone off-silent just incase, received a sensational assist from Toivonen and scored in the second match in a row by slotting it past the diving keeper. Proving that his wife’s pregnancy seems to really be working for the lad. Perhaps they may need to breed a traditional Greek/Italian family if this becomes a reoccurrence.
Corey Brown was coming concerningly close to matching his cards with his hair but thankfully for the Vuck, he was subbed off for Blue Suede Shoes Kamsoba, injecting much needed energy. Muscy again making another regular youth sub King-Kenny Athiu just over 10 minutes later.
Unfortunately for the Nix their charismatic sub, Cillian Sheridan was unable to do much with the game or that untidy hair.
In the dying minutes you could feel the Victory’s urgency, they were not going to be beaten today. And you know what, they weren’t. In the 88th minute Kosta Barbarouses was just chillin’ in the area on his own, received the ball and found the equaliser.
It was just not to be for the Nix today, they started as the better team but failed to hold on to their lead. Melbourne Victory didn’t play their greatest game but they did snatch a point which is better than none.
By Rose Valente