Phoenix coach picks teenage keeper

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The Welling­ton Phoenix have sprung a ma­jor sur­prise on the eve of their first game of the A-League foot­ball sea­son. Phoenix head coach Dar­ije Kalezic has handed a first ca­reer start to 18-year-old goal­keeper Kee­gan Smith, who will stand be­tween the sticks against Ade­laide United this af­ter­noon. The move was hinted at dur­ing the pre-sea­son but is still an ex­tremely bold move by Kalezic ahead of his first game in charge. Both of the Phoenix’s con­tracted goal­keep­ers — Lewis Ital­iano and Oliver Sail — were avail­able for se­lec­tion.

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