17 Mar 2012

Phoenix hopes of home final berth suffer blow

2:05 pm on 17 March 2012

The Wellington Phoenix's hopes of an A-League home final berth suffered a blow after Melbourne Victory had an emphatic 3-0 win over the visitors on Friday night.

Costa Rican star Carlos Hernandez scored a sensational long-range goal in the 11th minute.

Substitute Isaka Cernak doubled the lead in the second half, before a thunderbolt from teenage midfielder Jimmy Jeggo close to full-time capped the win.

Wellington's best opportunities fell to Tim Brown, who sprayed good close-range chances with his head in each half.

The loss could be costly for the Phoenix - a draw would have all but guaranteed them a home final.