Brockie fires again as Phoenix win in India
Jeremy Brockie continued his rich vein of form on Wellington Phoenix’s Indian tour, with a hat-trick against Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club.
Jeremy Brockie continued his rich vein of form on Wellington Phoenix-s Indian tour, with a hat-trick against Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club.
The 3-0 result follows the striker four-goal haul in the rout of Shillong Lajong earlier this week.
this was the Phoenix- third game in six days and it showed in the first half as they initially struggled to terms with the artificial pitch.
But Brockie broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when a lovely ball from Alex Smith set him free and the striker coolly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
From that point the Phoneix were always in control and in the second half found some of the rhythm they had showed in the first two games of the tour.
Brockie made it 2-0 30 seconds into the second spell and looked to have completed his hat-trick shortly afterward when he volleyed the ball home only to have it ruled out, wrongly, for offside.
Chances came and went with Academy player Louis Fenton again in tremendous form, but it wasn-t till stoppage time that Brockie completed the scoring from the penalty spot after Fenton had been brought down.
Herbert rang the changes again in the second half and when the final whistle went the Phoenix had seven under-21 players on the pitch.
“The goals keep coming for Brocks and they aren-t tap ins either,” Herbert said.
“The timing of his runs is first-class and he has been assisted by some fine delivery.
“Our level was down a little with it being our third game in six days, but we managed to control the tempo of the game and kept the momentum going when needed.
“We emptied the bench again and the young players are going to benefit a lot from playing in these games.
“We are slowly building an understanding with the younger players at the club and need to keep working on every aspect of our game.”