Adelaide United
Wellington Phoenix
Hyundai A-League R9
Coopers Stadium

Henrique brace helps Reds to maiden victory

Adelaide United’s winless start to the season is over after Henrique scored a stunning brace in a 2-0 defeat of Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

The Brazilian lashed home two sweet first-half strikes to lead the champions to a drought-breaking first victory, in the process leapfrogging Wellington into ninth.

The visitors had an ideal chance to go ahead on 20 minutes when Dylan McGowan tripped a surging Adam Parkhouse, but Reds captain Eugene Galekovic parried away Roy Krishna’s penalty.

From there it was the Henrique show as the former Brisbane Roar forward hit a pair of classy first-time efforts from outside the area in a dominant 15-minute period.

Henrique scored both goals in Adelaide's win over Wellington Phoenix.

The Reds enjoyed late chances to extend their advantage but it mattered little as the reigning double-winners did enough to climb off the foot of the ladder.

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1-0 Adelaide: Henrique, 26’

After a goalmouth scramble inside the Wellington penalty area, Adelaide worked the ball to Henrique on the edge of the area and the Brazilian unleashed a left-footed bullet beyond the outstretched Glen Moss.

2-0 Adelaide: Henrique, 39’

More brilliance from the Brazilian as he again gave Moss no chance with another first-time blockbuster, curling a short free-kick into the corner from long range.


For the second straight week, Phoenix forward Roy Krishna failed to convert his first attempt from the spot. This time he didn’t get a second bite and it cost his side the lead.


-Adelaide United have now won six of their last seven home games against Wellington Phoenix.

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Hyundai A-League 2017/18
# Club P W D L PTS
Sydney FC 22 16 4 2 52
Newcastle Jets 22 13 5 4 44
Melbourne City FC 23 10 4 9 34
Melbourne Victory 22 9 5 8 32
Adelaide United 23 8 6 9 30
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 23 7 9 7 30
Perth Glory 23 8 2 13 26
Brisbane Roar FC 22 7 4 11 25
Central Coast Mariners 22 4 8 10 20
Wellington Phoenix 22 4 5 13 17