Team Wellington secured third place in the ASB Premiership on Friday with a comprehensive 6-1 win over the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.
Needing a win to move out of reach of Canterbury United in fourth place, Team Wellington sealed the three points within the first 30 minutes of the game.
Leonardo Villa got the scoring underway early for Team Wellington, putting a free kick through an ineffective wall and in at the near post in the seventh minute.
It wasn’t long before their lead was doubled; a Fergus Neil shot from the left side of the box took a wicked deflection off a Wellington Phoenix defender and into the back of the net.
Not one to take their foot off the pedal, the away side made it 3-0 after 25 minutes as Mario Barcia received the ball at the top of the box following a corner and made no mistake in slotting his long-range shot to the right of goalkeeper Oliver Sail.
The second half began just as the first half went, with Barcia extending the lead even further with a shot from inside the area which left Sail with no chance.
It was looking like it would be even better for Team Wellington in the 50th minute, when Liam Wood brought down Golden Boot leader Ben Harris inside the penalty area. However, Sail denied Harris the chance to extend his league-best tally, getting his foot to the shot that was straight down the middle of the goal.
It went from bad to worse for the Phoenix in the 64th minute, after Joel Stevens fell awkwardly on his arm and suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder.
But the goal scoring action wasn’t over, as Tom Jackson beat an advancing Sail in the 83rd minute, before getting a shot off. Sam Philip got a small deflection to the shot, but the ball tricked over the goal line and took the score to 5-0.
Jackson got his second of the day just minutes later, tapping the ball into an open net after Sail palmed a shot from Harris straight to his feet.
McGarry was rewarded for a threatening individual display in the final third, notching a consolation effort in off the right post in the 88th minute.
Calcott said Friday’s result as an excellent rebound after their loss to Hawke’s Bay United last weekend.
“It could have gone one of two ways after last week,” Calcott said, “it was good to have a quick turnaround and get back on the park.
“The boys played some good stuff and scored some good goals and it was a really good way to deal with last week and we’re looking forward to next week now.
“It was good just to get the result first and foremost, get some guys off that had cards and make sure we’ve got a very near full complement for next week.”
Phoenix coach Andy Hedge lamented another game which saw his side show flashes of their potential but defensively falling short of the mark.
“In periods we’ve played really well with the ball, it’s just basic defensive errors that cost you,” Hedge said.
“It’s 3-0 at halftime and the game is pretty much over. As soon as we conceded the first one the confidence was drained from them.”
“But I’m pleased in the second half we really tried to be brave again and get on the ball and young James McGarry and Sarpreet Singh were outstanding.”
Wellington Phoenix 1-6 Team Wellington (half: 0-3)
WP: James McGarry 88′
TW: Leonardo Villa 7′, OG 23′ , Mario Barcia 25′, 48′, Tom Jackson 83′, 87′
Wellington Phoenix: 30. Oliver SAIL (GK), 5. Troy DANASKOS, 15. James McGarry, 25. Tam DiMairo, 28. Joel STEVENS (39. Joe BELL 65′), 32. Sarpreet SINGH, 36, Liam WOOD, 37. Sam Philip, 41. Cherbel Khouchaba (35. Nick LANE 71′), 46. Jack-Henry SINCLAIR (42. Oliver WHYTE 61′), 47. Liam HARE.
Substitutes not used: 31. Luke TONGUE, 43. Marcel KAMPMAN (GK)
Coach: Andy Hedge
Team Wellington: 22. Alex CARR (GK), 4. Anthony HOBBS, 5. Bill ROBERTSON (19. Conor McGlinchey 77′), 7. Leonardo VILLA, 9. Tom JACKSON, 10. Luis CORRALES (18. Saul HALPIN 58′), 11. Mario BARCIA, 13. Alex FENEREDIS (20. Taylor Schrijvers 65′), 14. Billy SCOTT, 16. Ben HARRIS, 17. Fergus NEIL.
Substitutes not used: 1. Scott BASALAJ (GK), 15. Magno VIERA
Coach: Matt Calcott
Report via Wellington Phoenix