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It’s Burns, Burns, Burns at the Ring of Fire

Wellington Phoenix thrashed Melbourne City 5-1 at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon, courtesy of a Nathan Burns hat-trick and further goals to Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia.

The hosts were bolstered by the return of the Michael McGlinchey from international duty and the birth of his second child. Meanwhile, John van’t Schip made just the one change to the side that lost 2-1 at home to Sydney last week, with Jacob Melling coming in for Liam Miller.

The Phoenix came into the match off back-to-back losses, and were almost behind within a minute when they turned over the ball at the halfway line and David Williams was allowed to break on goal. However, the striker’s pass to Mate Dugandzic was slightly under-hit and the winger skied his shot.

The visitors continued to push forward and had two good opportunities in quick succession coming through the in-form Aaron Mooy. The first saw the youngster’s free-kick force Moss to fumble a save directly at Williams yet the City player failed to make connection with the ball.

Mooy then produced a bullet strike from outside the box which the Wellington ‘keeper did well to push away before Melling fired a rocket that flew just wide as City dominated proceedings.

Incredibly, it was the hosts who opened the scoring when Eric Paartalu decided to flick the ball back towards his keeper in the 33rd minute. The pass was never going to get there but Burns was and he promptly rounded Redmayne and rolled the ball in to give Wellington the lead against the run of play.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sun Nov 30, 2014, 3:00 PMStadium Westpac StadiumAttendance 7,410Referee Jarred Gillett


Goal34′ N.BurnsGoal40′ R.BonevaciaGoal47′ N.BurnsGoal50′ R.KrishnaPenalty85′ N.Burns (Pen)

Melb. City

Penalty68′ D.Williams (Pen)
Yellow Card84′ R.WielaertYellow Card90′ J.Melling

Burns should have had a second goal six minutes later when Krishna weaved his way past two men and clipped the ball back to the 26-year-old, but he inexplicably fired wide.

Burns didn’t have to dwell on his miss for too long, as just a minute later Bonevacia collected McGlinchey’s slide-rule pass and slotted home across Redmayne to make it 2-0 to the Phoenix.

City sent on James Brown and Stefan Mauk at the break to replace Dugandzic and Paartalu but they were further behind just over a minute into the second half when Burns cut past Ramsay and placed a low effort across Redmayne.

And it got even worse for the visitors in the 50th minute when Krishna charged forward on goal and coolly lifted his shot into the top corner to make it 4-0.

City finally reacted and began showing signs of life when Mauk hit substitute Hoffman’s cut back well over the bar. It started a period of possession for the visitors and they managed to find the net in the 66th minute, Bonevacia cursing his luck as he conceded a soft penalty when he tangled with Brown. Williams made no mistake from the spot as the score read 4-1.

Nevertheless, Wellington was still comfortably in the lead, and the final minutes of the game focused on Burns’ attempts at grabbing a hattrick. He had a terrific opportunity to do so in the 82nd minute when Rodriguez played him through on goal yet Redmayne was out quickly to save.

But Wellington enjoyed some fortune from the resulting corner when a Wielaert pull inside the area was spotted by Jarred Gillett and the referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot. Burns stepped up to take the penalty and, after having to retake his effort due to encroachment, the Phoenix player converted to complete his hat-trick (the first ever by a Wellington player) and round off a great day for the Phoenix.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Nathan Burns (Wellington Phoenix)
2 Roy Krishna (Wellington Phoenix)
1 Roly Bonevacia (Wellington Phoenix)
Youth Roly Bonevacia (Wellington Phoenix)

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