Alessandro Del Piero’s highly-anticipated A-League debut for Sydney FC was somewhat overshadowed courtesy of two Wellington Phoenix players also making their first appearances in the league. Del Piero may have looked the real deal, albeit a rusty one, but could do nothing as the New Zealanders defied the A league betting and secured an opening game 2-0 victory.
The Italian legend has never been far from the news soccer headlines since moving Down Under and showed plenty of signs that he is going to be a real gem for the club, but it was two other A-League debutants who stole the show in Wellington. Belgian striker Stein Huysegems opened his account for the club with two minutes left of the first half, giving the hosts a well deserved lead after dominating the opening 40 minutes.
That control continued after the half-time break, with local boy Louis Fenton adding a second for Wellington, as the 19-year old ensured his debut was one to remember, as the midfielder showed plenty of promising signs that he could be a real find this season.
While the result wasn’t quite what manager Ian Crook would have wanted, there was still plenty of positives for the Sydney boss to take from the opening game of the season, not least in seeing his new star signing complete 90 minutes.
“I didn’t think he was too bad. I think he showed at times some fabulous quality for someone who got off the flight two weeks ago,” said Crook about Del Piero’s debut
“At times I thought some of the stuff was fantastic. But we were expecting that anyway because he is who he is and what he is, which is a top-class pro.”