Jeremy Brockie says farewell to Wellington Phoenix in style
OVERSEAS-bound striker Jeremy Brockie gave Phoenix fans something to remember him by with a goal-scoring double in Wellington's 3-0 win against defending champion Brisbane in the New Zealand capital.
In his last game before starting a lucrative three-year deal with Pretoria-based South African club SuperSport, the 27-year-old slammed home his first two goals of the A-League season.
The first came after he was awarded a penalty following a collision with Roar keeper Jamie Young who vigorously protested the officials' decision, earning a yellow card for one of his many sprays during the game.
That stretched the home side's advantage to 2-0 after some shocking defence in just the fourth minute had provided Wellington with the perfect start, Manny Muscat scoring just his third goal in 155 A-League appearances.
Brockie's second for the day was a right-foot screamer which Young had no hope of stopping and which ignited the 10,000-plus crowd who by the end of the game were chanting "we are the champions", buoyed by their team's climb into second place on the table.
It was an embarrassing afternoon for Brisbane which has managed just two wins in six games since sacking coach Mike Mulvey in strange circumstances.
The attack looks impotent without injured playmaker Thomas Broich (ankle) and the departed Besart Berisha, while defensively it is clearly missing former skipper Matt Smith (Thailand) and new captain Matt McKay who is on Socceroos duty.
In yesterday's other game, Melbourne City's recent run of four games without defeat ended with a loss to Central Coast Mariners.
The Mariners never looked troubled, winning 2-0 thanks to a Mitchell Duke double.