Wellington Phoenix have demolished second placed Melbourne Victory 3-0 on a cold Tuesday night clash at Westpac Stadium.

It’s a surprising result for the club who launch themselves into the top six with what in the end was a convincing victory over their travelling opposition.

Michael McGlinchey was the surprise omission from the starting line-up for the home side as Roy Krishna found himself back in the starting after serving a one match ban.

It didn’t take long for the home side to find their rhythm.

Kosta Barbarouses was played in by Roly Bonevacia inside the opening minute, the striker’s shot from a narrow angle forcing a fine save from Thomas Lawrence.

Jacob Tratt found Krishna with a delicately weighted ball through the heart of the defense soon after, though he was unable to get his shot off as the Victory defense scrambled back to recover.

Krishna was involved again later in the half.

After playing through Barbarouses in a handy position, the former Victory man found his first touch lacking and Lawrence made a comfortable save.

When the goal did eventually come, it was inevitable that Krishna would be involved.

His delicate ball across the face of the Victory goal saw Roly Bonavicia tap in for his first of the season with Alan Baro playing the midfielder onside.

Bonevacia again found himself in space just minutes after, forcing Lawrence into a fine stop low to his right following a delivery from Shane Smeltz.

It was a first half dominated by the Phoenix, with the Victory unable to test Glen Moss in the Phoenix Goal.

It took until the hour mark for Melbourne to test the Phoenix keeper, Leigh Broxham’s volley forcing Moss into a spectacular save following a corner.

Berisha had the ball in the back of the net moments later, only to called back correctly for offside.

Marco Rojas flashed a header wide from a tight angle with fifteen minutes remaining.

The Phoenix had the best of the second half chances.

A winding run from substitute Michael McGlinchey nearly saw Bonevacia claim his second of the night, with both Barbarouses and Alex Rodriguez missing on the successive follow up attempts.

The Phoenix went looking for a second late on., and it came in the 89th minute.

Again McGlinchey was the provider as he weighed a delicate ball onto the head of Jacob Tratt, the defender firing home for his first goal in Phoenix colours.

And they weren’t finished there.

Barbarouses drove at the Victory Defense deep into added time, beating Lawrence from distance to make it 3-0 and capping off a fine performance from the home side.

That’s how it would stay on a windy night in Wellington.

The home side host the Roar this coming weekend, whereas the Victory have the long haul to Perth to face the Glory.

Wellington Phoenix 1 (Bonevacia 33’, Tratt 90’, Barbarouses 90+3′)
Melbourne Victory 0

Stadium: Westpac Stadium
Attendance: 5,865

Referee: Kris Griffith-Jones
Assistant Referees: Glen Lochrie & Sarah Jones
Fourth Official: Matthew Conger

Wellington Phoenix: 1. MOSS, Glen (GK) 2. TRATT, Jacob 4. BONEVACIA, Rolieny 8. RODRIGUEZ Alex (7. FINKLER, Guilherme 90’) 9. BARBAROUSES, Kosta 13. ROSSI, Marco 17. LIA, Vince, 19. DOYLE Tom 21. KRISHNA Roy (10. McGLINCHEY, Michael 71’) 22. DURANTE, Andrew (C), 99. SMELTZ Shane
Substitutes: 5. LOWRY, Ryan 11. WATSON, Hamish Ryan, 20. ITALIANO, Lewis

Melbourne Victory: 20. THOMAS, Lawrence (GK) 2. GERIA, Jason (5. GEORGIEVSKI Daniel 56’) 4. ANSELL, Nicholas 6. BROXHAM, Leigh 7. ROJAS, Marco 8. BERISHA, Besart 10. TROISI, James 13. BOZANIC, Oliver 14. BEN KHALFALLAH, Fahid (11. AUSTIN, Mitchell 68’) 15. BARO, Alan 20. THOMAS, Lawrence 21. VALERI, Carl
Substitutes: 9. BEISTER Maximilian 17. DONACHIE, James 40. ACTON, Acton (GK)

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