Western United was defeated 2-0 by Phoenix on a windy and rainy Friday night in Wellington to open Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League.
United survived a barrage from Phoenix inside the first 20 minutes with Green and Black keeper Filip Kurto in stellar form.
But the hosts found a way past the Polish keeper and took the one-goal lead at the break.
As the rain and wind buffeted the players in the second half, United battled manfully but could not find a way back into this eagerly contested encounter.
David Ball’s goal in the 90th minute confirming the points for the home side.
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