Wanderers’ audacious kick-off move rejected by referee in wild Wellington finish

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Western Sydney Wanderers threw the kitchen sink at Wellington Phoenix in an attempt to salvage a draw, even trying to score whilst their opponents were still celebrating.

A 91st-minute strike from Kosta Barbarouses fired Wellington in front in their Isuzu UTE A-League showdown at Sky Stadium on Saturday, prompting a desperate Wanderers side to think outside the box as they searched for an equaliser.

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With the ‘Nix players still off the pitch celebrating Barbarouses’ opener, Wanderers attackers Alexander Badolato and Nicolas Milanovic spotted an opportunity to immediately restore parity.

Now all in position, the away side attempted to take a quick kick-off with Milanovic then running the ball forward and slotting it into an empty net as the Wellington players, somewhat confused, began to retreat back towards their own half.

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However, despite their best efforts at arguing why the goal should stand, referee Casey Reibelt dismissed the Wanderers’ pleas and allowed Wellington to resemble their shape before ordering the game be restarted.

As it was, the Wanderers would soon be taking kick-off for a third time in the game as a devastating Wellington counter-attack was finished off by midfielder Ben Old, who sealed a 2-0 win in the 94th minute to ensure the ‘Nix would stay on top of the ladder over Christmas.