Adelaide United came from behind to sweep aside Wellington Phoenix 3-1 in New Zealand on Saturday, in the rebel Female Football Round, but coach Marco Kurz said he wasn’t happy with the start to the match.
Phoenix’s Spanish midfielder Mandi scored their first goal in four matches, as he volleyed a bounced shot from the top of the box in the 14th minute, but the side went on to waste their early lead, crashing to their third straight defeat of the new campaign.
Things started to go wrong for the hosts in the 45th minute as Tom Doyle headed in an own goal from close range to give Adelaide the equaliser.
Unhappy with his side’s performance in the opening half, Kurz needed to make several adjustments at the break.
“We are happy with the result but we are not happy with the first 30 minutes,” he said afterwards.
“We weren’t good enough in the game and I thought in the first 30 minutes, it will be a hard game for us.
“In the halftime, we did some corrections or some new information for the players and the second half we did it well.
“It’s always good to win away and it’s good to win in Wellington because it’s not so easy to win here.”
Adelaide came out more fluid and 2 minutes into the second half had gone ahead through Danish forward Ken Ilso who headed in Michael Marrone’s superb cross, a goal which knocked the home fans for six.
Ilso scored a second in the 64th minute although it initially looked to have gone in off Doyle but the Phoenix defender was spared from a second own goal with Ilso credited as getting the last touch to Ryan Kitto’s low cross.
The win saw Adelaide jump into the top six, whilst Phoenix dropped down to eighth for the time being.