Wellington Phoenix’s young guns shone one the final A-League matchday as they defeated Melbourne City 2-1 in Auckland on Saturday.
Oliver Sail – 6.5: Very busy as a sweeper keeper. Made some smart saves but a poor giveaway led to the first goal.
Scott Galloway – 6.5: Started well but influence faded.
Andrew Durante – 7.5: The elder statesman of the defence mopped up some potentially sticky moments. Had to be on his toes with a pair of young full-backs.
Dylan Fox – 6.5: A good game considering what was effectively a City onslaught in the first half. Solid shift.
Liberato Cacace – 8: Had the unenviable task of handling Daniel Arzani but probably got the better of the duel. Showed a positive mindset by getting into forward positions and assisted Singh’s goal.
Goran Paracki – 7: City’s dominance meant he rarely had the ball in the first half. However, saw plenty more of it and began to dictate play once the Nix took the lead.
Matija Ljujic – 6: Started very slowly but got more involved in the game after the half hour mark.
Michael McGlinchey – 4.5: Quiet and did not have an impact.
Sarpreet Singh – 8.5: The beneficiary Krishna’s interception, putting away a strike after a crafty piece of skill. Got himself a second by way of a deflection, but his ambition drove him forward. A terrific way to close the season.
Nathan Burns – 5.5: Struggled to get involved and was not telling in the final third.
Roy Krishna – 7: Missed a couple of great chances but made up for it somewhat by intercepting a Brattan pass which ended in a goal. Grew into the game.
Marco Rossi – N/A: Brought on as fresh legs in defence.
Matt Ridenton – N/A: Like Rossi, added some more energy except in midfield.
Logan Rogerson – N/A: Little impact in a more forward area.
Dean Bouzanis – 7.5: Pulled off a handful of excellent saves but there was little he could do about either goal.
Osama Malik – 7: Stepped into the heart of defence in place of Michael Jakobsen. Will not like his involvement in the Nix’s goal but was sound and calm elsewhere.
Bart Schenkeveld – 7: Not a great deal he could do about either goal. A decent showing from the Dutchman despite the losing scoreline.
Nathaniel Atkinson – 7.5: Very busy, mainly going forward but probably could have been more effective once e got up the pitch. Cacace gave him something to think about.
Scott Jamieson – 7: Much of City’s attacking play went down the opposite flank but the left-back dealt with anything that came his way. Had a decent handle on Burns.
Oliver Bozanic – 7.5: Got through a mountain of work in midfield. Probably City’s best along with Bouzanis.
Luke Brattan – 7: Saw plenty of it in the first 45 but like many of his teammates, far less thereafter. However left a pass for Schenkeveld a little short and the Nix went on to steal and score.
Stefan Mauk – 6.5: Was on his toes to intercept Sail’s pass out of midfield to allow City to go forward and attack. Replaced by Nick Fitzgerald.
Daniel Arzani – 6.5: Locked in an intriguing battle with Cacace. Started the better but his fellow youngster got on top as the game progressed.
Dario Vidosic – 5.5: Had a decent first half but his influence faded as Wellington forced the issue. Saw a headed effort rattle the woodwork at the death.
Bruno Fornaroli – 7: A brilliant effort put City in the lead in the first half but he missed a guilt-edged chance for two after the break. It should have been bread and butter.
Nick Fitzgerald – N/A: Had an attempt on goal but to no avail.
Manny Muscat – N/A: No impact.
Harrison Delbridge – N/A: The towering centre-half could not have a say on proceedings.