Phoenix drought ends in Suncorp rain

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March 23, 2015 10:48:13 UK

Wellington Phoenix secured their first away win against Brisbane Roar in eight years as they picked up a 2-1 victory in a game abandoned 17 minutes from time.

Torrential rain made the Suncorp Stadium pitch look like a paddy field and left conditions dangerous for the players, forcing referee Alan Milliner to bring a halt to the action.

Under A-League rules the result stands, giving the Phoenix what could prove a crucial three points.

They were the only team in the top five to win over the weekend and extended their advantage at the top to four points with only five rounds remaining.

In coach Ernie Merrick’s 200th A-League match Wellington showed their premiership credentials by fighting back after conceding in the fifth minute, securing their fourth straight win courtesy of goals by Michael McGlinchey and Nathan Burns.

Phoenix keeper Glen Moss, whose side are 5.00 to win the Grand Final, said: “It was getting pretty dangerous out there so I think at the end of the day the ref’s made the right call.”

The visitors had just two draws to show from their 11 previous trips to the Queensland capital, and the game looked to be following a familiar script when Andrija Kaluderovic gave the Roar an early lead.

Corey Brown got down the left wing and sent in a low cross that Kaluderovic steered past Moss at his near post.

Wellington bossed the early stages, despite that setback, and fully merited their equaliser on 20 minutes as Socceroo Nathan Burns took on the defence down the right. He did the hard work before squaring the ball for McGlinchey to convert.

Burns went from provider to scorer just before the break, bagging his 13th goal of the season. Roy Krishna beat keeper Jamie Young and when his shot rebounded off the post it fell straight into Burns’ path.

McGlinchey should have increased the visitors’ lead in the second half but contrived to miss from close range when he was picked out by Roly Bonevacia’s free-kick.

Brisbane Roar are 2.25 to finish in the top six.

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