Wellington Phoenix knocked out of FFA Cup

The FFA Cup ambitions of Perth and Adelaide United remain alive, with both securing hard-fought victories over A-League rivals Newcastle and Wellington respectively in last night's round-of-32 matches.

Two close-range goals from the Glory's Irish recruit Andy Keogh proved more than enough to quell the Jets on home turf at Broadmeadow's Magic Park.

Newcastle rarely managed to get going in their first competitive match under new coach Phil Stubbins, although former Adelaide forward Jeronimo Neumann struck the crossbar in the first half with a fierce shot on his Jets debut.

"It (the result) was a little expected before the game," said Stubbins. "We were hoping to hit the ground running, but we got beaten by the better team."

Adelaide outlasted the Phoenix 1-0 thanks to a goal from Sergio Cirio on the half-hour mark at Marden Sports Complex.

Despite the paucity of goals, there was action at both ends and Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo was forced into two outstanding saves in the dying minutes.

There was drama before kickoff and drama in extra time, as Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick was banned from the technical area pre-game.

Goals proved in short-supply on the night, in contrast to last week's goal-laden opening FFA Cup fixtures.

Melbourne's St Albans edged a 1-0 win at second-tier Parramatta FC denying the Sydney side any hope of repeating their 1990s' NSL Cup triumphs when the club were known as Parramatta Melita Eagles.

A long-range strike from defender Barry Devlin in the opening half proved enough to separate the teams on the night.

Wellington Phoenix's captain Andrew Durante reacts during their loss to Adelaide United.


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