7 Aug 2008

Victory in penalty shootout

7:39 am on 7 August 2008

The Wellington Phoenix lost to the Melbourne Victory in a marathon penalty shootout in the final of the Pre-Season Cup last night.

The Victory claimed the first silverware of the Australian A-League season in Wellington, winning 8-7.

The reigning A-League goalkeeper of the year Michael Theoklitos was the difference between the two sides, making two spectacular stops during the second half and then saving Karl Dodd's penalty to win the shootout after 18 kicks.

The Phoenix striker Shane Smeltz and the Victory's Nick Ward both blazed their spot kicks over the crossbar after the match finished nil-all at fulltime, with the Phoenix having slightly the better of proceedings before falling just short of becoming the first New Zealand club to claim a trophy in an Australian competition.