Victory put to the sword as pressure on Brebner mounts

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The Wellington Phoenix punished a poor Melbourne Victory to put them in touching distance of the top six.

Backing up only three days after their draw on Sunday, the Nix dominated from the outset in their 4-1 win and the visitors struggled to create clear chances.

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The deadlock was broken after 10 minutes of play, with the team goal of the season so far. A well constructed Wellington counterattack was finished off by Tomer Hemed.

The Victory were caught short at the back after the returning Steven Taylor’s clearance found Reno Piscopo, who found David Ball on the right. The Englishman drove at the defence and picked out skipper Ulises Davila, who in turn found Hemed. He rifled a left-footed strike into the roof of the net at the near post.

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Elvis Kamsoba almost squared the ledger after the half hour mark. His low-driven strike was unable to get past Oli Sail, who got down well to deny the Victory forward at his near post.

Moments later Wellington doubled their advantage as Ball finished with aplomb after a scramble in the box following a corner. There was conjecture over the goal as the Victory believed Alex Rufer handled the ball in the lead up.

Clayton Lewis went close to scoring his first A-League goal before half-time as he struck the underside of the crossbar from range. The ball then was recycled and crossed in to Hemed, who could not sort his feet out and missed a tap in.

Sail made a quick reaction save to deny Ben Folami his first A-League goal on the stroke of half-time. The young Victory forward found space in the six-yard box but was denied.

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Davila gave his side a three-goal advantage after the hour mark. James McGarry got forward and engaged the Victory’s right-side of defence before picking out his skipper. Davila then curled a stunning strike past Acton into the far side of the net.

Lewis did eventually score his first A-League goal a few minutes later to make it 4-0 for the Nix. The ball fell at the midfielder’s feet and he poked it home first-time from close range.

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Victory managed to pull one back as Elvis Kamsoba pounced on a defensive mix up. The striker then dinked the onrushing Sail to find the back of the net and make it 4-1. It marked the end of the action as the pressure continues to mount on Victory boss Grant Brebner.

Wellington Phoenix 4 (Hemed 11’, Ball 36’, Davila 62’, Lewis 68’)

Melbourne Victory 1 (Kamsoba 76’)

WIN Stadium
Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Wellington Phoenix: Oliver SAIL (GK), Louis FENTON, Steven TAYLOR, Timothy PAYNE, James MCCGARY, Alex RUFER, Clayton LEWIS (Sam SUTTON 91), Ulises DAVILA (Benjamin WAINE 91’), Reno PISCOPO (Cameron DEVLIN 45’), David BALL (Jaushua SOTIRIO 81’), Tomer HEMED (Charles LOKOLINGOY 72’)

Unused subs: Stefan MARINOVIC (GK), Joshua LAWS

Melbourne Victory: Matthew ACTON (GK), Storm ROUX (Zayden BELLO 77’), Aaron ANDERSON, Nicholas ANSELL, Adama TRAORE, Jake BRIMMER, Jacob BUTTERFIELD, Callum McMANAMAN (Jay BARNETT 86’), Robbie KRUSE, Ben FOLAMI (Birkan KIRDAR 57’), Elvis KAMSOBA (Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO 77’)

Unused subs: Maxime CROCOMBE (GK), Dalibor MARKOVIC

Feature Image Credit: Bogdan Vlas

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