22 Dec 2008

Phoenix stay in A-League chase

6:01 am on 22 December 2008

The Wellington Phoenix are two points behind the leaders Adelade after 16 rounds of Australian football's A-League following their `1-0 home win over over the Central Coast Mariners.

The league's leading scorer Shane Smeltz got his 10th goal for the Phoenix, who're on 22 points, level with the Mariners but behind them on goal difference.

Adelaide lead with 24, one ahead of Queensland and Melbourne, who lost 4-2 at bottom-placed Newcastle.

Perth's 4-1 win at Sydney leaves them on `19, one behind Sydney and four clear of Newcastle.