Phoenix on fire in Wellington return

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The Phoenix have celebrated their long-awaited return to Wellington with a comprehensive 3-0 A-League win over Western United tonight.

Clayton Lewis (right) and Phoenix teammates celebrate
Photo: Photosport

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More than a year since their last game at Sky Stadium, after spending the majority of the season based in Wollongong due to Covid-19 border restrictions, the Phoenix were in celebratory mood in front of a record 24,000-plus crowd.

The win kept their slim hopes alive for a top-six finish and a spot in the A-League play-offs, with only three games left in the regular season.

Playing without injured skipper Ulises Davila, the Phoenix took a 1-0 lead into half-time after Clayton Lewis fired home seven minutes before the break.

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Two goals in six minutes soon after the restart all but put the result beyond doubt.

Rene Piscopo doubled Wellington’s lead with a 57th minute belter, then Israeli striker Tomer Hemed headed home a Louis Fenton cross to make it 3-0.

The Phoenix face a busy week, flying back across the ditch to play Western Sydney Wanderers at home on Wednesday before returning to New Zealand – this time to Auckland – where they’ll tackle Perth Glory.

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