City bounce back with Phoenix win

Melbourne City eased to a 2-0 win over Wellington at AAMI Park, with a goal in each half.

Warren Joyce's side delivered a timely response after suffering a 3-0 home defeat to Sydney FC a week earlier.

They dominated the visitors, who had only one shot on goal in the game and have now shipped five goals in their last two games.

The Phoenix fell behind in the ninth minute after a mistake by right wing back Louis Fenton.

His miskicked clearance allowed Lachlan Wales down the left side to the byline, and Wales' long square ball set up Ritchie de Laet for a low 25-yard drive past keeper Filip Kurto.

The Polish keeper did well to stop de Laet doubling City's lead eight minutes before the break when he was equal to his left-foot volley from near the penalty spot.

The home side had 67 per cent of the ball in the first half and when Wellington did get possession they were unable to do much with it.

Mark Rudan's side were lucky not to go into half-time two goals down, after they survived two chances in quick succession on 42 minutes.

First Wales put Bruno Fornaroli through one-on-one, but Kurto made a good save. Florin Berenguer latched onto the follow-up, but his shot was cleared off the line by Dylan Fox.

Though the visitors started the second half well, they succumbed again on 59 minutes when Fornaroli sent a curling finish into the top-right corner from the edge of the area.

Wellington tried to hit back, and should have reduced the arrears when David Williams sprung the offside trap and went past keeper Eugene Galekovic.

But the striker's touch was too heavy and his attempted cross to Roy Krishna went out for a goal kick.

The Phoenix have now gone three games without scoring and are yet to score from open play in any of their four games this season.

Wellington are 9/4 to win their next match against Adelaide United, who are 11/10 with the draw 13/5.

The Phoenix are 14/1 to win 1-0.

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