Understrength Nix demolish Jets

Down on key players and struggling for points, Wellington Phoenix demolished Newcastle Jets 5-0 in a performance that is sure to raise some spirits at Westpac Stadium.

With several first team players missing on international duty the Nix rolled in their most comfortable performance of the season.

The Nix were handed a strong chance early as Roly Bonavacia found Kosta Barbarouses between the lines, the Jets defence doing well to scramble the ball clear.

It was an early sign of things to come and Barbarouses, who was terrific on the night, was the man to break the deadlock.

Brilliantly turning Lachlan Jackson not once but twice, the striker showed the All Whites selectors what they were missing with a brilliant drive into the far corner.

The goal scorer then turned provider as his brilliant cross found Finkler’s head. The Brazilian finished comfortably into the top corner for his third in three games.

The Jets had little to show for their first half efforts and as the teams headed down the tunnel they could have little complaint being 2-0 down.

As second half started it was more of the same from the home side.

Finkler’s corner saw Dylan Fox head firmly against the bar, Andrew Nabbout’s poor headed clearance fell straight to halftime substitute Matthew Ridenton who made no mistake in adding his side’s third.

The Jets saw a couple of chances go begging shortly after.

Reserve keeper Lewis Italiano got down spectacularly to deny both Nabbout and Andrew Hoole.

Nabbout was in the action again moments later as the ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard box, where he ought to have scored

It was their most promising spell of the match, dominating possession and driving the home team back.

It wouldn’t last long however as Jason Hoffman turned a tame Hamish Watson cross into his own net for the home side’s fourth.

Bonevacia rubbed insult into injury with five minutes remaining turning the ball home after being afforded far too much room in the Jets’ box.

That’s how it would stay in Wellington the one-sided affair all but assures that the Jets will not feature in the finals this season.

For Wellington, they still have all the work to do. Five points adrift and some tough encounters to come, they will need more of this if they are to extend their season.

Wellington: 5
Newcastle: 0

Referee: Jonathon Barreiro

Stadium: Westpac Stadium

Wellington Phoenix:

4. BONEVACIA, Roly 5. LOWRY, Ryan (23. RIDENTON, Matthew 45’) 6. FOX, Dylan 7. FINKLER, Gui (25. SINGH, Sarpreet 65’) 8. RODRIGUEZ, Alex 9. BARBAROUSES, Kosta 11. WATSON, Hamish (24. ROGERSON, Logan 81’) 12. PARKHOUSE, Adam 13. ROSSI, Marco 17. LIA, Vince (GK) 20. ITALIANO, Lewis (GK)

Substitutes: 26. SINCLAIR, Jack-Henry 30. SAIL, Oliver (GK)

Newcastle Jets:

3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGARD Nigel (C), 6. UGARKOVIC Steven, 7. HOOLE Andrew 9. KOKKO Aleksandr 10. BROWN, Wayne (29. ALLWRIGHT, Joel 71’) 15. NABBOUT Andrew 19. NORDSTRAND Morten 20. DUNCAN Jack (GK), 22. JACKSON Lachlan KOUTROUMBIS, John (2. MULLEN, Daniel 45’)

Substitutes: 13. VUJICA, Ivan 18. LEI LEI Ma 50. ARCABA, Tomislav (GK)

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