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Wellington Phoenix FC started off the Lajong North East Super Series Cup with a 3-0 over United Sikkim FC at Imphal on Friday.

The New Zealand team adjusted to the ground conditions very well and dominated most of the midfield play in the first half but could have had more goals had their finishing been a bit sharper.

Wellington captain for the day, Paul Iffil scored the opening goal with a tap in off a cross before Thomas Doyle scored off a scorching shot from the edge of the box before half time.

The second half was more competitive with United Sikkim holding the midfield well. Michael Boxall scored the third goal off a header in the dying minutes of the match to round off the tally for Wellington Phoenix FC.

For United Sikkim coached by Phillipe De Ridder, Costa Rican Michael Rodriguez playing in the centre midfield position had a decent outing while goalkeeper Tae Yoon from Korea made atleast four good saves.

Shillong Lajong FC are next up for Wellington Phoenix FC on Sunday 26th August with a kick off time of 2 pm IST. Tickets are available at the stadium as well as from Hotel Classic, Imphal.

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