Western United’s finals hopes are up in smoke, falling 3-0 to the Wellington Phoenix in their first-game back on home soil in 433 days.
A record Wellington home-and-away crowd of 24,105 welcomed home the Phoenix, providing an immediate boost to the home-side who ran over their lethargic visitors – extending their winless run to six.
Clayton Lewis opened the scoring for Wellington late in the first-half before a quick-fire second-half double from Reno Piscopo and Tomer Hemed sealed the result.
With only three games remaining, Mark Rudan’s side sit six points behind sixth-placed Brisbane Roar and are one defeat away from sealing their fate.
Wellington, on the other hand, have closed the gap to only three points as they look to ride their eight-game undefeated run towards a finals berth.
Hemed, who was fresh off a brace the weekend before, was in the thick of Wellington’s early…