Pass marks have been given to both the Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United squads after their opening round 1-1 draw.
A pair of early headed goals provided early fireworks for fans at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday, before a tactical stalemate dominated the rest of proceedings.
Both clubs underwent big changes in the off-season under new coaches, so should take a lot of improvement from the game as they search for their best gameplan going forward.
Phoenix coach Darije Kalezic was happy enough with his side and the way they applied themselves.
Scorers: Wellington Phoenix 1 (Dario Vidosic 5') Adelaide United 1 (Johan Absalonsen 10'). HT: 1-1.
Round 1. Wellington Phoenix start their second decade as NZ’s only professional football club, and with new head coach Darije Kalezic at the helm one thing’s for sure, the boys will be up for the fight.
There are six new signings led by Socceroo Dario Vidosic and Serbian international Andrjia Kaludjerovic, plus all your old favourites – Roy Krishna, Gui Finkler, and skipper Andrew Durante in his tenth season with the Club.
Come experience the action, live at the Stadium, where memories are made.
Wind, rain or sunshine – it’s always a great day for football. Come on you Nix!
MATCH DAY TIMINGS
1.30pm - Public car park opens
2.00pm - Ticket Box Office opens
4.00pm - Gates open
5.00pm - Kick off Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United
6.50pm - Estimated end of match
The Stadium car park is open for this event at a cost of $30 (please note there is a fee for paying by credit card or eftpos of .60c).