Phoenix beat Ashfield

South Western Times
Phoenix midfielder Nicolla Gazzola scored twice from penalties against Ashfield on Saturday.
Camera IconPhoenix midfielder Nicolla Gazzola scored twice from penalties against Ashfield on Saturday. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock

The South West Phoenix’s impressive season has continued after they defeated Ashfield 3-1 at Ashfield Arena on Saturday.

As expected, the home team dominated possession early, while the Phoenix struggled to keep hold of the ball and it did not take long for Ashfield to score courtesy of a cracking volley into the top corner from outside the penalty box.

After the goal, the Phoenix managed to slowly work their way into the game with Nicolla Gazzola beginning to cause headaches for the Ashfield defence.

In the 31st minute, a clumsy fowl on Gazzola by the Ashfield goalkeeper left the referee no option but to point to the spot for a Phoenix penalty.

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Gazzola stepped up to tuck the ball home into the bottom left corner and level the scores.

In the opening stages of the second half, Ashfield was again the better of the two sides, but squandered a number of goal scoring opportunities.

In the 52nd minute, the Phoenix made the home side pay as pacy midfielder Jayden Prosser got in behind the Ashfield defence before rounding the keeper to finish into an open net.

Holding a 2-1 lead, the South West side managed to swing all momentum their way, with Ashfield struggling to find any rhythm.

In the 73rd minute, Gazzola was once again brought down in the penalty box as he weaved his way between Ashfield defenders.

Gazzola stepped up once again to take the penalty, powering the ball into the top net. The win puts Phoenix on equal points with league leaders Rockingham, who hold top spot on goal difference.

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