Sinclair’s late goal takes Team Wellington forward against Phoenix Reserves

Jack-Henry Sinclair scored a late goal to give an important win to Team Wellington – NZF Media

In a windy afternoon, Wellington Phoenix Reserves and Team Wellington clashed at Fraser Park in the first matchday of 2020-21 ISPS Handa Men’s Premiership, the most important football league from New Zealand. This is one of the league’s most special games, as it marks the meeting between the two teams from the country’s capital, which makes this derby be called ‘WelClasico’.

The Reserves did not have an easy start as defenders and midfielders were having many troubles with Team Wellington’s forwards who were putting a lot of pressure on them. Team Wellington started with three at the back and concentrating their actions on the right side of the pitch with Justin Gulley, Andrew Bevin and Jack-Henry Sinclair, while WeeNix tried to make their 4-4-2 work with Luis Toomey and Benjamin Old helping Riley Bidois and Thomas Rainbault in the attack

WeeNix was the first team to find the net when Riley Bidois scored in the 36th minute after a beautiful pass by Toomey, but it was disallowed because the 18-year-old forward was in an offside position. In the second half, Ollie van Rijssel crossed from the left wing and Bidois pushed the ball into the net, but this goal was disallowed as well.

The two coaches made changes as the match progressed to a melancholy ending: Finn Surman, George Ott and Oskar van Hattum came to the pitch for Wellington Phoenix Reserves as Jake Williams, Nathaniel Hailemariam and Wan Gatkek joined the match for Team Wellington.

The nil-nil draw seemed an inevitable end until the 88th minute when Mario Barcia dashed a long ball to Jack-Henry Sinclair who scored an amazing goal to put Team Wellington ahead. At the final whistle, the visitors won by 1-0 to grab all three points.

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