Updated: 6:54am – The Wellington Phoenix have been comfortably dispatched three-nil in their A-League away match against Newcastle United.
The Nix paid the price for poor communication at the back which allowed Jets striker Roy O’Donovan to pounce and grab the opening goal.
The A-League’s leading scorer Roy O’Donovan grabbed two goals and helped set up another as the third-placed Jets remain unbeaten and the Phoenix winless after five rounds.
Newcastle dominated from the outset at McDonald Jones Stadium and led 2-0 at halftime thanks to O’Donovan’s double.
Andrew Nabbout put the result beyond doubt, chiming in with a second-half goal to make it 3-0.
The result leaves Wellington without a win this season and lifts Newcastle to 11 points from five matches.
Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante provided a succinct summation after the match: “We were our worst enemy. We gave the ball away in silly areas and got what we deserved.”
One of the few positives for the Phoenix was the return of Durante, who can now come into consideration for the All Whites side to face Peru on Saturday.