Five-star win for Lia
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.
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.