Phoenix condemn Mariners to worst ever A-League start
The Kiwis got their second consecutive win as the Mariners situation becomes even more dire

Wellington Phoenix continued their improvement under Mark Rudan, clinching a convincing 2-0 win against Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

Fresh from their upset 3-1 win over Sydney FC last weekend, the Phoenix were never really troubled by their Australian neighbours, going ahead inside the first 10 minutes through Louis Penton, while Sarpreet Singh sealed the match on the stroke of half time.

The Mariners did put plenty of ball into their penalty area throughout the match but the delivery lacked quality as strikers Matt Simon and Jordan Murray were starved of opportunities.

After the away side started with a flurry of possession, Wellington went ahead on the nine minute mark, with Fenton prodding into the net after Mariners stand-in goalkeeper Adam Pearce parried Mandi's long-range shot into the Phoenix wing back's path.

Despite allowing the Mariners the majority of the ball, the home side looked dangerous when they hit on the counter and the second goal came from this movement.

Roy Krishna got a lucky break after being played in through the penalty area, before showing great composure to square the ball to Singh for a tap in.

Phoenix continued to attack on the break with their speed in the second half but failed to add to their lead despite several chances falling to Krishna and Nathan Burns.

It was the sixth loss in a row for the Mariners, who remain rooted to the bottom of the A-League table without a victory and only two points in eight matches this season - the worst start by a team in competition history.

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Incredibly, the Mariners have only won one of their last 26 A-League matches, with their last victory coming against the Phoenix in February.

Wellington have moved into fifth position temporarily and their hope of remaining in the top six at the end of the round will hinge on other results.

 

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