ANDREW VORCE - Sunday, October 28, 2012
After grabbing a first half lead away at Adelaide United, Alex Smith and Wellington Phoenix hit the wall and dropped their first game of the A-League season.
Smith started the game and was subbed out in the 52nd minute.
The Nix grabbed the lead at Hindmirsh Stadium with just three minutes to go before the half time whistle. Adelaide had enjoyed the majority of the chances but it took Paul Ifill's insightful pass to break the deadlock. As the Reds were still thinking over a missed decision on a strong challenge on veteran Cassiok, Ifill expertly chipped his pass to Stein Huysegems Huysegems who calmly slotted home the opening goal.
Argentine Jeronimo Neumann had been the brightest of the Reds on the day so it was only fitting that he pull his team back level. After a hopeful long range effort pinged around the Phoenix back line, Jeronimo was on hand to quickly tuck away his shot with little hesitation.
Three minutes later Jeremy Brockie thought he had restored his squads lead only to have been deemed offsides. Seizing the change in momentum Cassio, in his 100th game for the club, got the game winner. A surging run from the Italian midfielder ended with a pass to Jeronimo, who replays suggest was offsides, who in turn relayed the pass back to the 100 game man to slot past Mark Paston.
Jeronimo was again the the center of attention as he broke away from the experienced Ben Sigmund. The Argentine went down hard as Sigmund applied minimal contact. Jeronimo would have been alone in on goal, thusly the defender was shown a straight red card and thrown out.
He added his second on the night in the 84th minute when Dario Vidosic played a clever reverse pass into the box. Jeronimo wasted no time, taking his left footed shot first time to the far post.
Brockie picked up a card while Andrew Durante and Fenton also joined Sigmund in th ebook. Cassio, Jeronimo, Antony Golec, and Osama Malik were all booked for Adelaide.
Up next for Phoenix is a trip to Melbourne Victory on the 5th of November.