Wan­der­ers lose first game of 2019

Hamilton News - - SPORT - Tom Row­land

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers have started the se­cond part of the ISPS Handa Pre­mier­ship with a 2-1 de­feat against Team Welling­ton, de­spite a spir­ited se­cond half per­for­mance.

The re­sult drops the Hamil­ton side to fifth place and out of a play­off spot, but with eight games to go, there is still plenty of time for the team to se­cure its first ever play­off spot.

It was Team Welling­ton’s first game back in the pre­mier­ship, and at home, since their FIFA Club World Cup cam­paign at the end of the 2018, and they started im­me­di­ately on the front foot, with Hamish Wat­son fouled and a free kick awarded.

Henry Cameron swung the ball into the box but it was cleared by the Wan­der­ers’ de­fence.

Cameron was in­volved again in Team Welling­ton’s next at­tack, find­ing Nathaniel Haile­mariam, but his at­tack was again stiffled by a strong Wan­der­ers’ de­fence.

Haile­mariam soon found his mo­ment, as a through ball set him free on the Wan­der­ers goal, and his turn and shot found the back of the net.

Wan­der­ers hit back nearly in­stantly, but the shot was saved well by the Team Welling­ton keeper.

The away side was forced into a change with Dave Sam­son head­ing off with Jor­dan Shaw com­ing in.

Derek Tieku forced an­other save from Team Welling­ton’s keeper just be­fore half time with Wan­der­ers try­ing to find the equaliser.

As half­time hit, Wan­der­ers could have felt a lit­tle de­flated that they had not snatched an equaliser, but Team Welling­ton were look­ing on track to con­tinue their push up the ta­ble.

At the start of the se­cond half, Welling­ton dou­bled their lead with Jack Henry Sin­clair’s pass some­how find­ing the back of the net. Wan­der­ers re­sponded in near in­stan­ta­neous fash­ion as James Hoyle re­ceived the ball out­side the box and found the back of the net.

Wan­der­ers kept push­ing for an equaliser, with a cor­ner kick nearly find­ing its way into the back of the net.

It was cor­ner kicks prov­ing to be the most ef­fec­tive way for­ward for them.

As the min­utes ticked down Wan­der­ers were los­ing time, and Eric Mol­loy charged down the wing for Team Welling­ton in the 90th minute to try and seal the game, his lobbed shot fly­ing high over the bar.

It was not to be for Hamil­ton with the game fin­ish­ing 2-1, but once again this was a strong per­for­mance from a Wan­der­ers side that in their short his­tory, have pro­vided a rea­son for fans to be op­ti­mistic.

Photo / Grant Stan­tiall

Hamil­ton Wan­der­ers started 2019 off with a de­feat to reign­ing cham­pi­ons Team Welling­ton.

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