Team Wellington pulled off a bit of a coup by beating glamour side Waitakere United 3-1 yesterday.
Waitakere, one of the New Zealand Football Premiership's perennial title contenders aren't in a rich vein of form at the moment, but this was still a big result for Team Wellington, at David Farrington Park.
They opened the scoring in the 14th minute when striker Joel Stevens bundled the ball over the line, following good lead-up work from Tobias Bertsch. One-nil was how things stayed until the 60th minute, when experienced midfield player Cole Peverley delicately curled a freekick into the top corner of Danny Robinson's net.
The jubilation was short-lived, though, with Waitakere responding immediately. Jordan Lowden got in behind the Team Wellington defence and expertly chipped oncoming 'keeper Jacob Spoonley to make it 2-1.
Lowden then hit the bar with a freekick and Team Wellington were hanging on by the skin of their teeth. In the end it was substitute Hamish Watson who settled things, with a fine individual goal in the 86th minute.
Team Wellington are now third on the table, with Waitakere dropping to fifth, courtesy of their third-straight loss.
In other round 9 matches, Hawke's Bay United thrashed Southern United 6-1, Auckland City beat Wai-BOP United 2-0 and Canterbury United were 2-0 winners over Wanderers.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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