The Central Coast Mariners' season reached a new low on Saturday night as Wellington Phoenix cemented their spot in the A-League top six with an emphatic 8-2 win in Gosford.
Despite the Mariners starting the match brightly, they shot themselves in the foot after eight minutes as defender Sam Graham deflected a Roy Krishna cross into his own net.
Smelling blood, Wellington got a second goal just five minutes later with Krishna this time chipping Ben Kennedy from distance.
In the 21st minute, David Williams would then make it 3-0 as he drilled home after being teed up by Sarpreet Singh on the end of a fast break.
A nightmare first half for Central Coast getting even worse as Krishna tucked home a fourth in injury-time following a delightful defence-splitting pass from Max Burgess.
The Mariners' misery continued in the second 45 minutes with Liberato Cacace drilling home a Krishna cross for his first A-League goal in the 51st minute.
Singh then made it 6-0 in the 57th minute as he was allowed to drift towards the top of the box and get a shot away that crept under Kennedy.
Just two minutes later, Singh turned provider as Louis Fenton poked the ball between Kennedy's legs to bag his side's seventh goal of the night.
Down but not quite out, Central Coast found some consolation in the 61st minute as Jack Clisby drilled home a long-range effort.
Stephen Mallon then curled home a delightful free-kick in the 69th minute as the Mariners made it 7-2.
Determined to have the final say, Wellington would bag an eighth as Singh struck in the 88th minute as the match produced the equal most goals in A-League history.
Another sorry night for the Mariners with the future of coach Mike Mulvey now in serious doubt.