Menu
Sport

Ifill denies Sydney comeback

Paul Ifill and Vince Lia of the Phoenix celebrate the winning goal during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC
Paul Ifill and Vince Lia of the Phoenix celebrate the winning goal during the A-League Elimination Final match between the Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC Hagen Hopkins - Getty Images

PAUL Ifill's late penalty ensured Sydney's dramatic comeback counted for naught, as Wellington won the sudden-death final 3-2.

The Phoenix seemed to have won the game 12 minutes from time when Ben Sigmund headed the New Zealand outfit two in front, after Tim Brown's opener, but Sydney striker Joel Chianese inspired a dramatic comeback.

Ten minutes from time, Nicky Carle's pass was deflected into Chianese's path in the penalty area and the young striker superbly lobbed the ball over Mark Paston.

Three minutes later, Chianese then made it two-apiece after Paston parried Mark Bridge's effort.

Ifill, who was guilty of spurning chances earlier in the game, won the chance to seal victory four minutes from time when he broke into the Sydney penalty area and was bundled over by Michael Beauchamp.

Read the full match report at ABC news online

Topics:  hyundai a-league sydney fc wellington phoenix


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Christmas Day weather: Hot, humid and stormy in Queensland

A beautiful clear day at Magnetic Island, Queensland. Picture: Tourism and Events Queensland

HOT, humid and thunderstorms — welcome to Christmas in Qld.

Leg falls off as sword-wielding ice user strikes

A machete and sword were found at his house after the attack on delivery men.

Man bloodied after motorbike parts delivery turns violent

DRONE VISION: Police raid marijuana crop worth $60m

Queensland Police have seized 11,795 cannabis plants following a raid on an Esk property. Picture: Queensland Police

WATCH: More than 11,000 plants uncovered in grow houses

Local Partners