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B. Waine
S. Sutton
3 - 2
2 - 2
J. Sotirio
U. Dávila
2 - 1
45' + 1'
U. Dávila
Penalty Goal
1 - 1
B. Berisha
Penalty Goal
0 - 1

Match Stats

44% 55%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 4
Total Passes 458 573
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FULL TIME - Ben Waine's 90th minute goal has proven to be decisive in getting Wellington's season back on track after they defeated Western United 3-2. The win moves Wellington to ninth position on 18 points, just two points behind Western United who stay in eighth. 
90' + 4' Wellington have the corner and they are in absolutely no rush to take it. 
S. Taylor
B. Waine
90' + 3' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Ben Waine is replaced by Steven Taylor.
B. Waine
90' GOAL PHOENIX - Sutton sends the cross in towards Waine who rises and heads past Scott to give Wellington a late 3-2 lead. The goal was initially ruled out for offside but the VAR has looked at it and confirmed the goal. 
90' There will be three minutes of stoppage time. 
90' Fenton sends it into the box looking for Ball who gets up but can't direct it on target. 
88' Things are beginning to get desperate with both sides looking for a winner. 
86' Pierias sends it in to Sheppard who heads it straight to Sail. 
85' It has been a period of sustained pressure from Wellington. 
85' Fenton gets it to Ball who chests down then sends his shot over. 
84' Davila to Sotirio who drags it back to Waine who drags it across the keeper but drags it wide. 
84' The corner is dealt with by the United defence. 
83' Sotirio gets into the box but his attempted cross is deflected out for a corner by Durante. 
S. Pasquali
82' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Iker Guarrotxena is replaced by Sebastian Pasquali.
B. Inman
L. Duzel
82' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Luke Duzel is replaced by Bradden Inman.
K. Sheppard
B. Berisha
82' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Besart Berisha is replaced by Kaine Sheppard.
81' Lewis tries one from a long way out and that's way too high and way too wide. 
81' Lewis sends the free kick into the box but Scott comes out to punch clear.
79' Davila with another chance as he's allowed to run but his shot just misses the far post. 
78' Pierias tries one from distance but that won't trouble the keeper. 
77' Devlin shoots from inside the box but it takes a deflection off Sotirio before going to Scott 
74' Devlin finds Davila who tries to curl it inside the top left corner but he sends it over. 
72' Ball with a chance at the edge of the box but it misses narrowly. 
71' Wellington look to be building some momentum after conceding the goal. 
L. Duzel
Yellow Card
68' YELLOW CARD - Duzel is booked for holding back Davila. 
67' The corner is sent in and easily dealt with by the Wellington defence. 
67' Uskok with another chance and it's well saved by Sail for a corner. 
65' Lustica gets to the edge of the box and shoots, but his effort is wide. 
S. Luštica
Víctor Sánchez
63' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Víctor Sánchez is replaced by Steven Luštica.
62' Wellington have the corner. 
60' The game is beginning to open up. 
B. Berisha
Yellow Card
57' YELLOW CARD - Besart Berisha has been booked for coming in from behind Devlin. 
56' GOAL UNITED -  Western United have the corner and it's sent in by Pierias. Durante gets onto it and slams it into the cross bar with Guarrotxena putting away the rebound. It's all square at 2-2!
53' GOAL PHOENIX - Davila volleys from inside the 18 yard box and it goes straight to Sotirio who deceives Ryan Scott with a toepoke to wrong foot the keeper and give Wellington a 2-1 lead. 
51' Due to Lachie Wales' first half injury, Tomoki Imai has pushed further up the pitch.
48' Wellington are creating a lot of chances and are looking most likely to get the breakthrough in the second half.
45' The second half is underway with Western United kicking off.
HALF TIME - We are all square at half-time with both sides scoring a penalty in the first half for a 1-1 scoreline. Things got a little heated late in the first half and that heat is sure to be added to the mix when we are back for the second half. 
U. Dávila
Penalty Goal
45' + 1' PENALTY GOAL PHOENIX - Davila takes his time in taking the penalty with Scott diving to the left and Davila sliding the ball to the right. We are all square at 1-1. 
44' PENALTY! The ball comes back into the box and it bounces off Durante's hand once again but this time his arm is extended and the penalty has been awarded to Wellington. 
43' The corner is swung dangerously in with Scott punching clear. The ball is kicked into Durante's arm but there's no penalty. 
42' Wellington have the corner as the band starts playing the trumpets. 
42' Sotirio gets to the edge of the box but his shot is blocked by Uskok. 
40' Imai tries to cut it back looking for Berisha but the Wellington defence scramble to clear. 
B. Hamill
L. Wales
37' SUBSTITUTION UNITED - Lachlan Wales has been replaced by Brendan Hamill.
35' Western United continue to control the game in the middle. 
B. Berisha
Penalty Goal
32' PENALTY GOAL UNITED - Berisha stares down Sail who moves to the right whilst driving his penalty low and hard inside the bottom left corner. Western United lead 1-0. 
31' PENALTY! Wales is brought down in the box by Payne and Western United have the penalty. 
28' The stop start nature of this match continues. 
25' There is a fair bit of turning over the ball on the part of both sides. 
23' There is a small crowd in attendance but they're still making a fair bit of noise. 
20' Western United have 56% of the possession. 
17' Pierias sends the cross in but it's well taken by Sail. 
16' Berisha goes down in the box but his appeals are ignored by the referee. 
16' Wales has been tested and he is back on the field. 
13' Play resumes with Wales off the ground. 
11' Wales lands heavily with his head slamming onto the ground and play is immediately stopped so he can receive attention. 
9' Sotirio looks to cut it back but Scott claims it immediately. 
6' Wellington have had the best of the early possession as they keep chipping the ball around. 
3' It has been an even start to the match with no early chances. 
1' Wellington kick off and get us underway in their Wollongong kit. 
Western United (3-4-2-1): Scott (GK); Wales, Durante, Imai; Pierias, Sanchez, Pain, Berisha; Guarrotxena, Duzel; Uskok. Subs: Kurto (GK), Hamill, Lustica, Inman, Pasquali, Calver, Sheppard. 
Wellington (4-2-3-1): Sail (GK); Sutton, Laws, Payne, Fenton; Lewis, Devlin; Ball, Davila, Sotirio; Waine. Subs: Marinovic (GK), Ngoy, McGarry, Taylor, Ridenton, Rufer, Muratovic. 
This is a match between two sides desperate to stay in touch with the top six. A win is a must. No questions asked. 
Good evening and welcome to WIN Stadium for tonight's match between Wellington and Western United.