Phoenix edge Jets to climb third
Wellington Phoenix climbed to third place in the A-League with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle Jets at Ausgrid Stadium.
In an even but goalless first half, Chris Greenacre and Tim Brown missed early chances for Wellington, while at the other end, Ryan Griffiths and Ben Kantarovski also wasted opportunities.
However, the New Zealand side claimed the crucial breakthrough just before the hour mark when Paul Ifill picked out Manny Muscat and the latter's left-foot strike beat Ben Kennedy in the Newcastle goal.
Dani Sanchez then spurned a good opening to double the visitors' lead with eight minutes left, firing wide from 12 yards when unmarked in front of goal, but Wellington managed to still come away with three points.