Wellington Phoenix draw 1-1 with Glory

19:03, Nov 25 2012
Phoenix vs Sydney FC
Terry Antonis of Sydney FC and Louis Fenton of the Phoenix compete fort he ball.
Phoenix vs Sydney FC
Stein Huysegems of the Phoenix headers the ball past Adam Griffiths of Sydney.
Phoenix vs Sydney FC
Sydney's Alessandro Del Piero during the A-League football match between Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC.
Phoenix vs Sydney FC
Sydney's Alessandro Del Piero during the A-League football match between Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC.
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Wellington Phoenix's Stein Huysegems celebrates after scoring a goal.
Phoenix vs Heart
Phoenix goalkeeper Jacob Spoonley kicks the ball back into play during the round two A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and the Wellington Phoenix.
Phoenix vs Heart
Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton takes the ball during the round two A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and the Wellington Phoenix.
Phoenix vs Heart
Paul Ifill of the Phoenix celebrates with his teammates after he converted a penalty.
Phoenix vs Heart
Manny Muscat of the Phoenix challenges Mate Dugandzic of the Heart.
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Paul Ifill tussles with Mitch Nichols of the Brisbane Roar.
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Wellington Pheonix mascot Nixie entertains the crowd before the Brisbane Roar game.
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Mitch Nichols (left) and Manny Muscat compete for the ball.
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Steyn Huysegems celebrates scoring the opening goal for the Phoenix against Brisbane Roar.
Phoenix vs Adelaide
Leo Bertos (L) of Wellington competes with Iain Ramsay of Adelaide.
Phoenix vs Adelaide
Ben Sigmund of Wellington gets away from Jeronimo Neumann of Adelaide.
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Louis Fenton of Wellington competes with Cassio of Adelaide.
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Paul Ifill of Wellington tackles Central Coast's Tomas Rogic.
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A stoush during the second half when Manny Muscat of Wellington was handed a yellow card.
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Louis Fenton of Wellignton takes a tumble.
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Wellington Phoenix's Alex Smith goes for a header.
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Wellington Phoenix's Tyler Boyd and Central Coast Mariners' Joshua Rose.
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Paul Ifill battles for possession with Diogo Ferreira of the Melbourne Victory.
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Jeremy Brockie is tackled by Diogo Ferreira during the Phoenix's loss to the Victory.
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Jonathan Bru of the Victory contests with Vince Lia and Tyler Boyd of the Phoenix.
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Adama Traore of the Victory and Stein Huysegems of the Phoenix contest for the ball.
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Emile Heskey of the Jets and Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix contest the ball.
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Ryan Griffiths of the Jets and Andrew Durante of the Phoenix fight for control.
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Benjamin Totori of the Phoenix.
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Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix in action.
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Tyler Boyd of the Phoenix and Scott Neville of the Jets go after the high ball.
Phoenix vs Glory
Shane Smeltz of the Glory and Andrew Durante of Wellington contest possession.
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Jacob Burns of the Glory tackles Louis Fenton of Wellington.
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Paul Ifill of Wellington in action against the Perth Glory.
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Ben Sigmund of Wellington and Chris Harold of Perth contest possession.
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Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix celebrates after scoring against Western Sydney.
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Alexander Smith of the Phoenix in action with Dino Kresinger of the Wanderers.
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Alexander Smith of the Phoenix in action.
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Stein Huysegems of the Phoenix in action.
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Paul Ifill of the Phoenix and Jerome Polenz of the Wanderers go for the ball.
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Louis Fenton of the Phoenix and Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Wanderers in action.
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Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix scores.
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Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix in action.
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Terry McFlynn (left) of Sydney fights for possession with Ben Sigmund (centre) and Tyler Boyd of the Phoenix.
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Alex Smith on the ball for the Phoenix.
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Sydney FC celebrate scoring against the Phoenix.
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Phoenix fans show their support during the game against Sydney.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United
Louis Fenton of Pheonix and Osama Malik of Adeleide contest for the ball.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide United
Bruce Djite of Adelaide is challenged by Andrew Durante of Phoenix during the round 11 A-League match between Adelaide United and the Wellington Phoenix.
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Stein Huysegems of the Phoenix goes for a header under pressure from Osama Malik of Adelaide.
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Manny Muscat challenges Cassio of Adelaide.
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Paul Ifill of Phoneix is challenged by Fabio Ferreira of Adelaide during the match between Adelaide United and the Wellington Phoenix.
Phoenix v Mariners
Tyler Boyd in action for the Phoenix in their 1-1 draw with the Mariners.
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Jeremy Brockie takes a tumble during the match against Central Coast Mariners.
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Ben Sigmund gets up in the air to challenge for the ball during the 1-1 draw with the Mariners.
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Louis Fenton is held back by Josh Rose of the Mariners.
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Dani Sanchez is congratulated by teammates Andrew Durante and Alexander Smith after scoring the equaliser against the Mariners.
Phoenix vs Victory
Stein Huysegems of the Wellington Phoenix talks to the referee who gave teamate Louis Fenton a yellow card for faking a dive.
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Billy Celeski of the Victory and Daniel Sanchez of the Phoenix compete for the ball.
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Nick Ansell of the Melbourne Victory jumps on Stein Huysegems of the Wellington Phoenix.
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Jeremy Brockie with the ball agaisnt Western Sydney.
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Daniel Sanchez attempts to make a break agaisnt Western Sydney.
Stein Huysegems misses a goal against Western Sydney.
Stein Huysegems misses a goal against Western Sydney.
Louis Fenton playing against Western Sydney.
Louis Fenton playing against Western Sydney.
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Andrew Durante reacts to conceding a penalty against Sydney FC.
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Alessandro Del Piero celebrates one of his four goals against the Phoenix.
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Alessandro Del Piero and Vince Lia compete for the ball.
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Leo Bertos of the Phoenix reacts to a Sydney goal during the round 17.
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Fabio and Tyler Boyd compete for the ball during the Phoenix's 7-1 loss to Sydney FC.
Phoenix v Newcastle
Tyler Boyd and Jets' Jobe Wheelhouse compete for the ball during the 1-1 draw.
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Louis Fenton celebrates his goal against the Jets with Daniel Sanchez.
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Manny Muscat and Jets' Joshua Brillante compete for the ball.
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Andrew Durante gets in the way of Jets player Ryan Griffiths.
Phoenix v Perth
Phoenix players celebrate Jeremy Brockie's goal against the Perth Glory.
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Phoenix's Stein Huysegems and Perth's Steven McGarry contest the ball.
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Phoenix fans show their support at Eden Park.
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Isaka Cernak heads the ball from Perth's Liam Miller in the Phoenix's 1-0 win.
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Louis Fenton goes up for a header against Central Coast Mariners.
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Bernie Ibini (left) and Daniel McBreen celebrate a goal for Central Coast Mariners.
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Bernie Ibini takes on the Phoenix's Ian Hogg.
Wellington Phoenix vs Adelaide
Corey Gameiro, left, and Jeremy Brockie celebrate Brockie's goal.
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Wellington’s Jeremy Brockie, left, and Antony Golec jump for the ball.
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Antony Golec of Adelaide runs with the ball.
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Leo Bertos runs with the ball.
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Phoenix fans show their support for former coach Ricki Herbert.
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Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix shows his disappointment after a missed shot at goal.
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Corey Gameiro of the Phoenix tackles Ruben Zadkovich of the Jets.
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Ben Sigmund has words with the referee after the Phoenix's loss to Adelaide.
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Sam Gallaway of the Jets and Paul Ifill of the Phoenix compete for the ball.
Phoenix vs Wanderders
Jeremy Brockie of the Phoenix celebrates after scoring his team's first goal against Western Sydney.
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Jeremy Brockie (L) and Corey Gameiro (C) of the Phoenix celebrate after Brockie scored a goal.
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Adam D'Apuzzo of the Wanderers competes for the ball against Corey Gameiro of the Phoenix.
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Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix competes for the ball against Labinot Haliti of the Wanderers.
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Wellington Phoenix players celebrate after scoring against Perth Glory.
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Travelling Wellington Phoenix fans celebrate during the win over Perth Glory.
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Leo Bertos (left) competes for the ball with Joshua Risdon of Perth Glory.

Prolific A-League striker Shane Smeltz finally opened his account for the 2012-13 season but in-form All Whites teammate Jeremy Brockie deservedly salvaged a point for the Wellington Phoenix as an entertaining clash with Perth Glory ended in a 1-1 stalemate at nib Stadium last night.

Smeltz, named in the starting line-up for just the second time this season due to injury, international duty and a rushed trip to New Zealand last week for personal reasons, was fairly anonymous until he chose his moment perfectly just after the hour mark when he controlled a nod on by Billy Mehmet and swept the ball past Andrew Durante and a motionless Mark Paston.

Glory coach Ian Ferguson opted to employ Mehmet and Smeltz in the starting line-up for the first time although he stuck to his philosophy of not playing the duo up front in tandem, preferring Mehmet for the out-and-out striker's role.

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CHALLENGE: Perth's Shane Smeltz and Phoenix captain Andrew Durante contest the ball in the air.

There have been suggestions Smeltz might have been out of favour with the boss but the Scotsman's fist pump as the goal nestled in the net indicated relations, if strained, are likely to be on the improve.

The competition's all-time leading scorer's 61st career goal could have been a demoralising blow for the Phoenix but Brockie, who had drifted out of the eighth round clash after being prominent in the first half, produced a classy finish in the 72nd minute to allow the New Zealanders to provisionally hold on to seventh spot.

Brockie, a focal point of the Phoenix attack, controlled a through ball nicely, outpaced Steve Pantelis and then coolly slotted the ball past advancing goalkeeper Danny Vukovic to record his fifth goal in four games.

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Neither side had a clear cut opportunity after the Kiwis got on the score sheet to bank all three points although Glory defender Josh Risdon was unlucky not to open the scoring in the 54th minute with his maiden A-League goal when a long range right foot shot beat Paston only to cannon off the post.

Although they produced the first scoreless opening half of the day's tripleheader, there was plenty of enterprise from both sides as inclement weather cleared just before kick-off.

The Phoenix had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the ninth minute but Louis Fenton could only make soft contact with a superb cross swung on from the right by Brockie and Vukovic smothered with ease.

Smeltz and Mehmet illustrated the danger they posed long before the 31-year-old's goal when they combined to almost ease the anxiety of fans concerned by last weekend's shock 1-0 home loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Mehmet jinked past two defenders on the edge of the box and unleashed a decent strike that Paston parried to Smeltz who could only head wide.

The All Whites goalkeeper then made the save of the match in the 22nd minute when his legs deflected a goal-bound glancing header by Travis Dodd.

Brockie's equaliser made amends for a couple of opportunities in the first which were squandered when his touch and finishing deserted him when in potentially scoring positions.

He volleyed a Tony Lochhead cross wide in the 16th minute and five minutes before the interval, with time on his side, he trapped a cross inside the box but his attempt to curl the ball into the right hand corner flew wide.

Former Phoenix midfielder Nick Ward might also have done better with a couple of half chances and despite an industrious shift he was replaced on the hour by Chris Harold as Ian Ferguson tried to exploit the visitors by injecting pace from his bench.

Instead it was the wily veteran Smeltz, playing just his third game of the campaign, who delivered the deadlock breaker 60 seconds later.

While Brockie gained the plaudits, Paul Ifill typically supplied teasing crosses from the right hand flank and also did some great defensive work to track back when the Glory swept downfield.

He looked to pick up a leg injury when clearing one of the Glory's nine corners but battled on until he was replaced by Belgian import Stein Huysegems in the 84th minute.

While the clash was willing rather than spiteful, referee Strebre Delovski still booked five players.

Vince Lia, Ben Sigmund and Andrew Durante picked up yellows for cynical challenges while Liam Miller and Glory captain Jacob Burns were cautioned in the second half - Burns' fifth card of the season means he will miss Friday's visit to the Melbourne Victory.

After playing four of their last five games away the Phoenix will be happy to return home and host the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

Perth Glory 1 (Shane Smeltz 61) Wellington Phoenix 1 (Jeremy Brockie 72) Halftime: 0-0

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