2 Apr 2017

Nix stun Victory to stay alive in A-League

9:32 pm on 2 April 2017

Roly Bonevacia fired the Wellington Phoenix to a 3-0 A-League win over 10-man Melbourne Victory in Melbourne tonight.

Phoenix's Michael McGlinchey (L) celebrates scoring a goal with team mate Alex Rodriguez.
 during the A-League - Phoenix v Central Coast Mariners football match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday the 14 January 2017.

Phoenix's Michael Glinchey (left) and Alex Rodriguez. Photo: Photosport

Bonevacia struck two long-range first-half goals to put the Nix in control, with substitute Shane Smeltz adding a third in the 89th minute.

The Nix needed three points to remain in the hunt for a finals spot.

The triumph moved them to within four points of sixth-placed Perth, with two rounds of the regular season remaining.

The home side's task was made tougher when Alan Baro was sent off on 72 minutes after he brought down Kosta Barbarouses, when the New Zealander was through on goal.

The loss is Victory's first in the league at home since February 2016 while it was the Nix's first ever back-to-back wins over the Victory.