Five-star win for Lia

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Adem Barolli

Tatura ex­port Vince Lia was part of Welling­ton Phoenix’s five-star rout of New­cas­tle Jets on Sun­day.

De­spite miss­ing five start­ing play­ers due to in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments, Welling­ton was in sub­lime form, win­ning 5-0 at home to the Jets.

The im­pres­sive win was a con­so­la­tion for Phoenix, with the top six look­ing be­yond reach. While mak­ing the six is still a math­e­mat­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity, the Phoenix is six points adrift of Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers with three games left to play.

Kiwi Kostas Bar­barouses started the rout for Phoenix, scor­ing near the half-hour mark, be­fore Brazil­ian Gui Fin­kler headed home from Bar­barouses’ cross to dou­ble the lead.

Half-time sub­sti­tute Matthew Ri­den­ton added a third for the New Zealan­ders af­ter be­ing on the pitch for just three min­utes.

Ri­den­ton found him­self in the right place at the right time when Dy­lan Fox’s header ric­o­cheted into the path of the sub­sti­tute.

Soon af­ter it was a calamity for the Jets when ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Ja­son Hoffman passed the ball into the back of his own net.

Un­der lit­tle pres­sure, Hoffman at­tempted to clear his lines but mis­placed the clear­ance, side­foot­ing the ball past a hap­less Jack Duncan in goal.

Roly Boneva­cia put the ic­ing on the cake for the hosts with the fifth and fi­nal goal, at 86 min­utes.

De­spite hav­ing less pos­ses­sion through­out the 90 min­utes, the hosts went on to have 21 shots, scor­ing from five of their six shots on tar­get.

Welling­ton went

into

the match just one point ahead of eighth-placed New­cas­tle on the lad­der and with­out top-scorer Roy Kr­ishna.

The Phoenix will need to win the fi­nal three games if it is to play fi­nals, while hop­ing for a slip-up from ri­val Western Syd­ney.

Phoenix will travel this week­end as Lia re­turns to his home state to play his old club Mel­bourne Vic­tory on Sun­day.

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