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90' + 4'
R. Scott
Yellow Card
D. Ball
Yellow Card
45' + 2'
B. Hamill
Yellow 2nd/RC
L. Wales
C. Pain
1 - 1
B. Waine
U. Dávila
0 - 1

Match Stats

46% 53%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 1
Total Passes 421 477
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FULL TIME: WESTERN UNITED 1 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 - A relatively uneventful second half, after a sensational opening 45 minutes, comes to an end with neither side able to find a winner!  Both sides had their chances after the break - Dávila went the closest three minutes from time with a stunner that had Ryan Scott beaten however the Phoenix skipper was denied by the woodwork.  There was certainly no love lost between these two teams with a total of nine yellow cards handed out - including two yellow cards that controversially resulted in an early finish for Brendan Hamill.
90' + 5' Wellington are throwing everything at the Western United defence to try and find a winner as we draw closer to full time  - in the past five minutes, the Phoenix have delivered 11 balls into the area and have had 4 shots to 0.
R. Scott
Yellow Card
90' + 4' YELLOW CARD WESTERN UNITED - A final booking to finish off a busy night for referee Alex King - Ryan Scott has been handed a yellow card for time wasting.
90' + 3' Tomer Hemed thumps a well struck header towards goal but the ball sneaks past the post on the wrong side.
90' + 2' Corner to Wellington!  There are huge numbers in the box - can the Phoenix pick their through the pack and find a winner?
90' There will be four minutes of additional time played in this second half.
88' CHANCE!  A moment of brilliance from Dávila almost breaks the deadlock!  With lightning footwork, the Phoenix skipper unloads a cracker that beats the dive of Scott but the ball rattles the woodwork and stays out.
D. Pierias
87' SUBSTITUTION WESTERN UNITED - Time is running out now for both sides - Western United swing a late change with Dylan Pierias off and Iker Guarrotxena on.
84' Dylan Pierias hunts forward down the right with Berisha screaming for the ball in the middle but the moment is lost as he takes a fraction too long allowing Wellington to get numbers back.
82' Fresh onto the field, Besart Berisha is trying to make an immediate impact - his last A-League goal as a substitute came back in August of 2020 against Melbourne City.
C. Ngoy
D. Ball
80' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - David Ball's night is over with the midfielder leaving the field for Charles Lokoli Ngoy.
78' McGarry swings a cross to the top of the area however Western United have it well covered and they are able to nod the ball clear.
B. Berisha
A. Diamanti
77' SUBSTITUTION WESTERN UNITED - The first change for Western United is an attacking one with the tiring Alessandro Diamanti replaced by Besart Berisha.
74' CHANCE! Connor Pain has few options ahead so he unleashes off his left boot however his effort never looked likely.
72' The long through ball was the right idea however Sail has read the play well and the Phoenix keeper is up early and out of his area to cut it off.
D. Ball
Yellow Card
69' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - David Ball takes Diamanti down from behind and his late challenge is punished with the midfielder handed a yellow card.
T. Hemed
J. Sotirio
68' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - More fresh legs for Wellington with Tomer Hemed coming on for Jaushua Sotirio.
67' Diamanti has a crack at goal from long range - he has struck the free kick well but the ball comfortably clears the cross bar.
J. McGarry
S. Sutton
64' SUBSTITUTION PHOENIX - Wellington swing the first substitution of the match with Sam Sutton replaced by James McGarry.
63' Diamanti is felled by a challenge from Cameron Devlin and Western United have a free kick in a dangerous attacking position.
60' Fatigue will be a factor in this second half for Wellington - this is the Phoenix's second match in the space of just five days.
56' Alessandro Diamanti attempts to create something with a swinging cross from deep on the right however Wellington have plenty of numbers in the box.
Víctor Sánchez
Yellow Card
53' YELLOW CARD WESTERN UNITED - The procession of bookings continue in the second half!  Once again, it is the Phoenix skipper Dávila who is left on the turf and this time it is Víctor Sánchez who has received a caution from referee King.
51' Sam Sutton gets on the end of a pass out to the left but the defender can't control the skidding ball and it balloons well over the crossbar.
49' CHANCE!  Wales already has a goal to his name and he goes within a whisker of adding a second!  He unleashes a wicked strike off his left boot from outside the area sending Oliver Sail diving to his right but he has missed the target narrowly.
47' Wellington will have plenty of confidence coming into this second half - Phoenix have gone on to win three of their last four A-League matches when scores have been locked up at half time.
45' SECOND HALF - Western United kick off to get the second half underway!
HALF TIME: WESTERN UNITED 1 WELLINGTON PHOENIX 1 - Plenty of talking points after a fiery opening 45 minutes at UTAS Stadium!  Wellington Phoenix dominated the opening exchanges and it wasn't long before they had the first goal on the scoreboard.  However, Western United worked their way back into the contest and Wales equalised just before the half hour with a stunning strike.  However, Western United will play the second half with just ten men after Hamill was handed a second yellow card late in the half - a half which saw a total of six yellow cards handed out.
45' + 2' SECOND YELLOW / RED CARD WESTERN UNITED - Brendan Hamill has been booked after Waine was taken high in an aerial contest - that's his second yellow card and the Western United defender's evening is over.
45' There will be two additional minutes played in this first half.
44' Sotirio bursts down the right hand side and swings a cross into the penalty area however Imai has worked his way into the front position to deny the Wellington goal-scorer Waine a path to the ball.
43' CHANCE! Taking the free kick, Dávila winds up from just outside the area but he can't bend his strike back far enough and it whistles wide.
A. Durante
Yellow Card
40' YELLOW CARD WESTERN UNITED - Dávila is left on the turf in plenty of discomfort after a heavy clash with Andrew Durante - the Western United becomes the fifth player to be booked this evening in what has been a spiteful first half.
37' CHANCE!  Risdon cleverly lays the ball back for Dylan Pierias who pulls the trigger from close range but the shot is brilliantly blocked by Tim Payne right on the goal line.
35' Quick thinking and outstanding execution from Clayton Lewis whose through ball from the free kick has Ben Waine in on goal however some superb defence from Brendan Hamill removes any danger.
32' Josh Risdon takes out the feet of Jaushua Sotirio in the middle of the field and Wellington have a free kick right on half way. 
C. Pain
27' Connor Pain was completely outnumbered but, with some outstanding footwork, he was able to deliver the ball at the feet of Wales who did the rest.
L. Wales
27' GOAL WESTERN UNITED (Lachlan Wales) Western United 1 Wellington Phoenix 1 - Western United have created an equaliser from nothing!  Lachie Wales finds himself in amongst a nest of Phoenix defenders but, with a bullet like strike, he somehow manages to find the bottom right corner.
J. Sotirio
Yellow Card
25' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Jaushua Sotirio gets a hold of Tomoki Imai's shirt in an attempt to hold up the Western United defender and the yellow card is out again.
B. Hamill
Yellow Card
24' YELLOW CARD WESTERN UNITED - There's been plenty of feeling between these two sides in this first half! Ben Waine is upended by Brendan Hamill who picks up a booking.
S. Taylor
Yellow Card
21' YELLOW CARD PHOENIX - Referee Alex King is quick to produce a card after Steven Taylor's challenge on Alessandro Diamanti.
19' Dávila links up once again with Waine who looks for options in front of goal however Western United have the numbers on the last line of defence.
18' Waine looks to deliver a cross on the run from the right however he succeeds only in putting the ball into the hands of the Western United keeper.
16' Wellington have dominated the opening quarter hour and look the only side capable of scoring at the moment.
15' Clayton Lewis takes the corner as Wellington ask more questions of the Western United defence however the ball is too close to Scott who takes it comfortably.
T. Uskok
Yellow Card
10' YELLOW CARD WESTERN UNITED - Tomislav Uskok clatters into Clayton Lewis and will be the first player to go into the ref's book this evening.
U. Dávila
7' A pinpoint pass from Ulises Dávila, assisted by some flat-footed Western United defence, set up Wellington for the opener.
B. Waine
7' GOAL WELLINGTON PHOENIX (Ben Waine) Western United 0 Wellington Phoenix 1 - The Phoenix are off to a flyer in Launceston!  Ulises Dávila whips a cross in from the right catching the Western United defence completely on the back foot - Ben Waine gets on the end of it and whips it past Scott into the back of the net.
5' Conditions are excellent for this clash on a relatively mild Thursday evening in Launceston - the pitch looks to be in excellent nick.
2' Clayton Lewis drives a free kick deep inside the penalty area however Ryan Scott has it well covered and he plucks the ball from the air.
1' FIRST HALF - Wellington Phoenix kick off and we are underway in the first half!
Wellington Phoenix (4-4-2): Sail (GK); Sutton, Payne, Taylor, Fenton; Ball, Lewis, Davila, Devlin; Sotirio, Waine. Subs: Marinovic (GK), Hemed, Laws, Ngoy, McGarry, Rufer, Ridenton.
Western United (3-4-3): Scott (GK); Hamill, Durante, Imai; Pierias, Sanchez, Uskok, Risdon; Diamanti, Wales, Risdon. Subs: Kurto (GK), Vujica, Hamill, Pasquali, Duzel, Calver, Berisha, Guarrotxena.
Let's have a look at how the two sides will line up for this crucial Thursday night clash.
Two impressive wins in a row, including one against this evening's opponents, also has the Wellington Phoenix back in finals contention.  Despite a 0-0 scoreline at half time last week, they produced a stunning second half and romped to a 3-1 victory over Perth Glory.
Western United have shown some excellent form in recent weeks - three wins from their past four fixtures has them sitting just two points outside the top six with games in hand.  Last week, they caused a huge upset when they defeated the Central Coast Mariners at this very venue.
Welcome to UTAS Stadium in Launceston where Matchweek 18 kicks off with the clash between Western United and Wellington Phoenix.