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The woodwork denies Phoenix
By Daniel Quinn
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A-League 2011/2012 - Round 9
3pm, Sunday 4 December, 2011 - La Trobe City Stadium, Morwell

Melbourne Heart FC 1
(Mate Dugandzic 41')

Wellington Phoenix FC 0

(Linked from FFA site)

A first-half Mate Dugandzic strike has defeated Wellington Phoenix 1-0 on Sunday at Latrobe City Stadium. However Wellington Phoenix was unlucky to hit the post twice.

Morwell of Country Victoria hosted Melbourne Heart and Wellington Phoenix at Latrobe City Stadium on Sunday- The former home of Gippsland Falcons who had current A-League players Archie Thompson, Eugene Galekovic and John Hutchinson on their books.

Melbourne Heart made three changes from their controversial defeat to Central Coast. Maycon, Curtis Good and the suspended Wayne Srhoj made way. Aziz Behich and Mate Dugandzic returned from Olyroos duties with Eli Babalj started instead of Maycon in attack. Jason Hoffman too returns to the bench.

Wellington Phoenix went unchanged from their defeat of Sydney FC. However Dani Sanchez comes onto the bench for Alex Smith.

It was the visitors who created the first chance on 4 minutes with Paul Ifill who shot with his left foot on the half-volley, but Clint Bolton who was in his 446th national league game saved well.

English forward Chris Greenacre was next to test Bolton but his left footed strike was scuffed and saved easily.

On 19 minutes Heart created their first chance after a mistake from Ben Sigmund. Mate Dugandzic stole the ball off Sigmund and put in a great cross for Rutger Worm. Worm’s first touch was great and his left footed volley was even better but it was saved Tony Warner in goal for Wellington.

On 28 minutes Manny Muscat put in a cross which then was blocked by Jonatan Germano. The Phoenix appealed for handball; the ball hit Germano’s shoulder like the week before, no penalty given.

Ten minutes later Heart had the next chance to open the scoring, but Dugandzic’s free-kick was headed straight into the hands of Warner by an unmarked Rutger Worm.

On 41 minutes Mate Dugandzic opened the scoring after Fred took a free-kick quickly. Worm received the ball on the left and his left foot strike hit the post. Dugandzic was then in the right place to smash it home from six yards.

Three minutes after the restart Heart had a chance to extend their lead. Although Matt Thompson hit the post with a left footed strike after Eli Babalj played him in.

Only two minutes after that on 51 Wellington tried to comeback through Vince Lia who hit a powerful volley wide.

On 67 minutes Wellington were coming back into it, Adrian Madaschi sliced his right foot shot onto his own crossbar.

One minute later second-half substitute Dani Sanchez was causing some havoc as his cross was headed just wide by Tim Brown.

Heart went straight up the other end with Matt Thompson whose through ball was poked wide from Jason Hoffman.

Sanchez again almost opened his account with a brilliant free-kick but his strike hit the upright.

On 75 minutes Dugandzic could have doubled the lead after receiving the ball form Hoffman but his right footed attempt was saved by Warner.

Hoffman was next to test Warner in goal but his towering header from a Behich cross went over the Wellington goal.

On 87 minutes Dani Sanchez could have snatched a late equaliser but his shot was blocked by Brendan Hamill.

In stoppage time Mirjan Pavlovic could have grabbed a late, late equaliser but his shot was hit straight at Clint Bolton in goal for Heart.

It finished 1-0 to Heart and they gain a vital three points to jump up the A-League table.

A-League 2011/2012 - Round 9
3pm, Sunday 4 December, 2011 - La Trobe City Stadium, Morwell

Melbourne Heart FC 1
(Mate Dugandzic 41')
Wellington Phoenix FC 0

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