Adelaide United 5-1 Wellington Phoenix: A-League star misses from point blank range

Is this the MISS of the season? Wellington Phoenix star wastes chance from POINT BLANK range as A-League side are hammered by Adelaide United

An A-League player has provided a contender for miss of the season after spurning a glorious opportunity for Wellington Phoenix against Adelaide United on Friday.

The Phoenix, who sought to close the gap on second-placed United ahead of their contest at Hindmarsh Stadium, fell to a two-goal deficit heading into the half time interval when Kosta Barbarouses was presented with a great chance.

The 33-year-old striker pressed well to win possession from United goalkeeper Joe Anthony Gauci close to the byline, and immediately turned his attention to goal. 

From a tight angle, all Barbarouses had to do was slot the ball into the empty net as defenders harried back while teammate David Ball presented himself for a square pass.

Caught in two minds, Barbarouses opted to poke the ball towards goal but got his effort all wrong, skewing it off the far post and United survived the threat. 

Kosta Barbarouses missed an opportunity from point blank range for Wellington Phoenix

Kosta Barbarouses missed an opportunity from point blank range for Wellington Phoenix 

The hosts made their rivals pay for that major error, adding three more goals to their total as they secured a dominant 5-1 win.

Coach Carl Veart was thrilled the Reds were able to make the most of their opportunities and rack up a convincing win.

‘It was a bit of a crazy game wasn’t it,’ he said.

‘It was very open, both teams had plenty of opportunities and we were fortunate enough that we took our chances.’

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