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Phoenix steal late draw with Sydney FC

  • Phoenix steal late draw with Sydney FC

Wellington have battled back after conceding a slashing late Filip Holosko goal to steal a 1-1 A-League draw with Sydney FC.

The Sky Blues' Slovakian marquee scored his fourth goal of the season, an 85th-minute pearler, to set up the win but Fijian-born striker Roy Krishna levelled for the Phoenix four minutes later with a well-taken penalty.

The two teams fought out a dour scoreless draw three weeks ago in Sydney and although the goals were late coming at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night, there was no lack of excitement this time for the 10,027-strong crowd.

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With one win from their past six outings, Sydney looked the more desperate, pressuring a sluggish Wellington right from the whistle.

The home side's best chance came after 23 minutes, Mike McGlinchey breaking free down the left and finding Jeffrey Sarpong in the box only to see Vedran Janjetovic's strong right hand keep the Dutchman's strike out.

Wellington's makeshift defence, still missing Justin Gulley and Ben Sigmund to hamstring niggles, had to work overtime for the final 10 minutes before halftime.

Seb Ryall continued to cause problems down the right, sending in a tantalising ball which looked to leave Andrew Hoole with an open goal before the ever-watchful Manny Muscat deflected the cross behind.

Sydney continued to hammer the Phoenix goal, their best chance coming after a Muscat handball gifted the visitors a 45th minute free kick.

Brandon O'Neill's strike cleared the Phoenix wall and looked to have beaten Moss before crashing back off the crossbar.

The onslaught resumed from the restart, Hoole winning a penalty after barely two minutes, brought down by a crunching Muscat tackle.

Hoole hit the spot kick low, hard and to the left but Moss guessed correctly with a superb diving save.

Sydney continued to dominate possession and territory, although Sarpong and McGlinchey combined to stretch the Sky Blues' back four.

Holosko looked to have secured the game for Sydney with five minutes remaining, cutting in from the right and angling his shot past a despairing Moss.

But Krishna stepped up to the spot after stand-in Sydney skipper Jacques Faty fouled Tom Doyle and blasted the equaliser home.

The match was somewhat ill-tempered, with nine yellow cards issued.

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