13 Dec 2016

Barbarouses still yet to score for Phoenix

2:40 pm on 13 December 2016

The Wellington Phoenix midfielder Kosta Barbarouses thought he'd finally got on the scoreboard for the side with their 3-nil win over the Central Coast Mariners at the weekend, but officials have ruled otherwise.

Barbarouses was claiming his second minute strike from outside the box as his goal, however it took a deflection off teamate Hamish Watson who has been credited with the goal.

Kosta Barbourouses celebrated his first goal of the season for the Phoenix on Twitter...but A League officials see it otherwise.

Kosta Barbourouses celebrated his first goal of the season for the Phoenix on Twitter...but A League officials see it otherwise. Photo: Twitter

While the result marked a change in fortune for the Phoenix following the resignation of coach Ernie Merrick,

Watson admits Barbourouses is none too pleased.

"It was a good finish wasn't it?," joked Watson.

"They all count, is all I'll say so I'll take it...(Kosta's) not very happy about it. He's still adamant it's his and came off a defender so I've said I'll set him up for one on the weekend.

There was a little confusion among Phoenix players on who to congratulate for the side's opening goal against the Mariners.

There was a little confusion among Phoenix players on who to congratulate for the side's opening goal against the Mariners. Photo: Photosport

The Phoenix, now sit eighth on the A-League table and play the Western Sydney Wanderers in Auckland on Saturday.

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