Andrew Durante of the Phoenix on the ball against the
Newcastle Jets. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)
When a player turns out against one of their former teams
they seem to have a funny knack of coming back to haunt their
old side and that was the case this afternoon as two Jeremy
Brockie goals inspired the Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 win over
Playing across the Tasman has long been an issue for Ricki
Herbert's Phoenix side but they snapped their three-game
losing streak in fine fashion in Newcastle as a goal in each
half from Brockie and a late penalty from Paul Ifill saw the
Wellingtonians bank a valuable three points.
The Phoenix hadn't won since the opening game of the season
when they looked so impressive in a 2-0 victory over Sydney
FC, but the side had fallen on lean times recently as two
draws and three losses had left them languishing near the
foot of the A-League ladder.
Newcastle just seem to struggle against the Phoenix - today's
win was Wellington's 12th in 17 games - and the match was
punctuated with a few notable incidents but it was Brockie's
day to savour.
The 25-year-old spent two seasons in the Hunter region
playing for the Jets before he was deemed surplus to
requirements at the end of last season and the Nelson-born
forward decided to take his talents to Wellington on a
He enjoyed a prolific pre-season in front of goal but had
struggled in the opening rounds of the season proper, but a
goal in each half today marked his third and fourth strikes
of the campaign after he also registered a double against the
Melbourne Victory two weeks ago.
Brockie's first was an impressive finish after he beat the
offside trap and put the ball past goalkeeper Mark Birighitti
just before half-time, while his second sealed the points
after he headed in from close range after a goalmouth
scramble in the 80th minute.
Birighitti was also taken out of the game after he made a
brilliant save to deny Brockie he inadvertently copped a knee
to the face from Brockie and left the field with a fractured
With the result all but confirmed, Newcastle defender Josh
Mitchell fouled Benjamin Totori in the box and the referee
took little time to point to the spot.
Mitchell was lucky to only receive a yellow card given he was
the last man, but it mattered little as Ifill calmly slotted
the ball home and gave replacement goalkeeper Matthew Nash no
Totori should have made it four in the dying stages of the
seven minutes of extra-time that was played due to the length
of time it took to get Birighitti off the field, but he
butchered the opportunity to score after he rounded Nash and
could only find the side of the net.
The result will have taken a considerable amount of pressure
off Herbert and it was a nice way for skipper Andrew Durante
to celebrate his 100th match for the club wearing the
Wellington will stay on across the ditch during the week to
prepare for their next game against the Perth Glory in
Western Australian on Saturday night.
Wellington Phoenix 3 (Jeremy Brockie 43, 80, Paul Ifill 86)
Newcastle Jets 0 HT: 1-0
- Daniel Richardson of APNZ