Phoenix coach picks teenage keeper
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.