|A Phoenix player fouls a Canterbury United player The JourneyFan|
Wellington Phoenix Reserves 3 Canterbury United 5
ISPS Handa Premiership
Dave Farrington Park, Wellington
Attendance : a pitiful 75!
Hopefully none of the Wellington Phoenix players have a dog or will be getting one anytime soon, as they can't hold a lead - boom boom. Yes bad joke but when you twice lead by two goals in a game and still lose you are going to get jokes the quality of your defence!
The Wellington Phoenix Reserves (Weenix) have been in the Premiership for four seasons now and their season's tend to follow a very similar pattern.
- Start strongly and surprise a couple of teams
- Drop off a bit before a small resurgence
- Drop off a lot towards the end of the season and suffer a blowout
This game strangely seemed to mirror the Weenix season pattern.
- Start strongly
|Sean Liddicoat (CU) & Logan Rogerson (WPX) The JourneyFan|
When the toss was made I made what I thought would be a sensible decision and headed down to the end Canterbury were attacking, telling fellow photographers that there would be more goals at that end. It took all of one minute for me to be proved wrong when the Weenix's Logan Rogerson opened the scoring! Nine minutes later Willem Ebbinge made it 2-0 and I was still at the Canterbury United end! Two minutes later the Weenix had the ball in the net again but it was from an offside position.
- Drop off before a small resurgence
Just after half time, Willem Ebbinge restored the two goal lead for the Weenix, although this resurgence didn't last long as two minutes later Velaphi bought down Stephen Hoyle and captain Gary Ogilvie slotted home the resultant penalty.
|Phoenix debutante keeper Tando Velaphi The JourneyFan|
- drop off again and suffer a blowout
So there it was the Weenix's season summed up in one game, which was actually a pretty decent game to watch, it's just a shame that only 75 people bothered to turn up. True the weather wasn't great, but Team Wellington would have double that in the same conditions.
It doesn't help that the Phoenix don't seem to give the league any promotion. There is a regular email sent out to Phoenix members on Fridays, the most recent one didn't even mention this game. I'm sure there would have been a few fans that would have come along to check out the new keeper and support the reserves. Even when you get to the ground simple things you expect like a ground announcer doesn't exist, which is needed as the team list on the back of the program, bears very little resemblance to who is actually on the pitch. Given how hard the Phoenix fought to get a team into the National League and that they are New Zealand's only professional club, you'd hope they would go about support and promotion of it in a professional way, but in reality the way they act and treat the league makes them seem like the least professional club in it, the fans and players in the academy deserve better.