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G. Hooper (82)
S. McDonald (61)
McDonald Jones Stadium
Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar Live Commentary,
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Shots Off Target
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90' + 5'
FULL TIME: WELLINGTON 1-1 BRISBANE - We finish all-tied up in this wonderful battle. Scott McDonald's excellent solo strike was cancelled out by Gary Hooper's tap in. Wellington remain in third position and Brisbane stay in fourth.
90' + 1'
There will be four minutes of added on time.
90' + 1'
McCowatt squares the pass to Sotirio, who blazes over the bar. The Phoenix are pushing.
CHANCE! Marinovic makes an unbelieveable diving stop to deny Ridenton;s low drive. Brisbane have got their wind up.
SUBSTITUTION BRISBANE - Bradden Inman is replaced by Aaron Amadi-Holloway.
Less than five minutes to go until added time. The Phoenix are still pushing hard to get the go ahead goal.
Will Wellington go on to get the winner? Or can Brisbane strike back?
GOAL WELLINGTON - Cacace loops a wonderful header that comes off the post. It lands at the feet of Hooper who smashes the ball into the net. Wellington are level.
SUBSTITUTION WELLINGTON - Reno Piscopo is replaced by Jaushua Sotirio.
It's all the Phoenix at the moment. Cacace drives into the box but drills the shot straight into Young's arms.
YELLOW CARD - Matt Ridenton goes into the referee's book.
SUBSTITUTION WELLINGTON - Ulises Dávila is replaced by Callum McCowatt.
Wellington are really pushing hard for the equaliser at the moment.
CHANCE! Rufer plays a wonderful ball out side to Cacace. The defender squares the ball to Hooper by himself in the six-yard box but he makes poor connection and touches it wide. What an opportunity.
SUBSTITUTION BRISBANE - Dylan Wenzel-Halls is replaced by Matt Ridenton.
Piscopo loops the ball over the top to Hooper, who nods it down to Davila at the top of the area. The Mexican tries to hammer the volley at goal but the shot is blocked.
Can Wellington get back in the game? What a superb piece of individual brilliance from McDonald.
SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Cameron Devlin is replaced by Alex Rufer.
GOAL BRISBANE - The Roar take the lead through McDonald. That's six from six. He picks up the ball in the box, gets out of a cul de sac, and curls a wonderful shot into the bottom corner.
Piscopo is on the free kick out wide. He drills in the low ball but it's low straight in to the arms of Young.
Inman slides the ball to O'Shea, who jinks his way through the penalty area, tries a low shot at goal but it's blocked by a Wellington defender.
Which team will get the breakthrough in this half?
Wellington have been on the attack early in this half.
KICKOFF - The second half is underway.
HALF TIME: WELLINGTON 0-0 BRISBANE - Both teams had their chances but we go into the sheds goal-less. Who will win this battle between third and fourth?
45' + 1'
There will be one minute of added on time.
CHANCE! Hooper gets on the ball on the edge of the area. He loops the shot over Young's head but the keeper gets back to make a terrific save.
Brisbane are sitting back absorbing plenty of pressure at the moment.
Will there be a goal to break the deadlock before half-time?
The game has been in a lull the past few minutes. Wellngton have managed to arrest Brisbane's momentum.
Cacace springs down the left on the counter-attack. He again gets to the byline but his driving cross is caught by Young.
Brisbane enjoying a good spell here.
Inman tries the shot at goal from just outside the area but itls low and wide of the left post.
CHANCE! McDonaldi is played through on goal but Hudson-Wihongi gets across to make a goal-saving tackle. Superb defending.
O'Shea gets to the byline but his cross is blocked. His second cross is chipped toward Wenzel-Halls, who can't make good contact on the header.
Wellington have had the better chances so far in this half. They look dangerous when Davila gets on the ball.
CHANCE! Taylor takes up position at the back post. The corner travels in that direction. Taylor gets up to head at goal but Young manages to parry over the bar.
Wenzel-Halls twists and jinks in the penalty area but as he gets the shot away, a Phoenix defender manages to make the block.
Game is an holding pattern at the moment. Neither team able to play the probing pass to create a promising attack.
Both teams have settled in to the match and it's an even contest at the moment.
YELLOW CARD - Steinmann is given a yellow ticket by the referee.
YELLOW CARD - Tom Aldred goes in to the book for making a body check challenge in midfield.
POST! Gillesphey turns the ball over. Davila strolls toward the top of the area. He fires in a low shot but Young parries on to his post. The goalkeeper nearly made a meal of that.
Conditions are perfect for football tonight. No rain and no wind. Should allow for a great match.
Cacace is played down the left by Piscopo. The full back gets to the byline but his cross is into the arms of Young.
Wellington have had the early possession.
This match has a good speed to it in the early stages.
KICKOFF - The game is underway. Who will get the spoils today?
BRISBANE ROAR XI: (4-4-2) - Young (GK); Brown, Gillesphey, Aldred, Hingert; Inman, Kim, Neville, O'Shea; McDonald, Wenzel-Halls. SUBS - Crocombe (GK), Amadi-Holloway, Bowles, Ingham, Trewin, Ridenton, Courtney-Perkins.
WELLINGTON PHOENIX XI: (4-4-2) - Marinovic (GK);, Cacace, Hudson-Wihongi, Taylor, Elliot; Piscopo, Steinmann, Devlin, Davila; Hooper, Ball. SUBS - Jones (GK), McGing, Sotirio, Wilson, Rufer, McCowatt, Waine.
The battle, on neutral territory in Newcastle, will be between third and fourth place on the A-League. The Roar sit below Wellington and will be looking to go above them with a victory. A three-goal victory to the Phoenix will see the Kiwis climb above Melbourne City into second - albeit temporarily.
Welcome to McDonald James Stadium for tonight's match between Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar.