14 Oct 2014

Phoenix lose opener

12:31 pm on 14 October 2014

The Wellington Phoenix have been defeated 2-1 by the Perth Glory in their opening game of the 2014-15 A-League season in the Capital.

Ben Sigmund challenges Perth's Joshua Risdon

Ben Sigmund challenges Perth's Joshua Risdon Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Perth scored first in the 32nd minute after Andy Keogh headed a ball past Phoenix keeper Glenn Moss.

The Phoenix equalised in the 73rd minute after new recruits Roly Bonevacia and Nathan Burnes combined to set up a simple tap in for Michael McGlinchey.

The winner came in the 86th minute when Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund fumbled a ball at the back allowing the Glory substitute Jamie MacLaren to run through and fire home the match-winner into the top left corner.