Wellington have had their finals hopes dashed as they were demolished by a clinical Newcastle Jets side 5-0 at Hunter Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The heat and poor condition of the pitch made life tough in the early going, but with home advantage it was unsurprising that the Jets settled first.
In the 13th minute Joel Griffiths created space in the box but at a tight angle he couldn’t find the back of the net with his shot which he sent over the bar.
Failing to capitalize on their good start allowed Wellington back in to the match, through dangerous counters, and they had their first chance in the 19th minute as Tyler Boyd and Stein Huysegems linked up well, allowing Boyd to shoot, but from a tight angle his effort was easily saved by Ben Kennedy.
Both sides were fouling each other regularly, perhaps showing why they’re out of the finals, as they couldn’t keep any momentum going, but it was the Jets who emerged from a tight period and started to take full control of the match.
In the 25th minute the Jets nearly had their opener with Josh Mitchell finding Adam Taggart who saw his header well saved by Glen Moss.
Four minutes later Wellington could have stunned the hosts as Roy Krishna’s run allowed him to send in a ball for Huysegems who wasted the good build up play by launching his effort over the bar.
In the 35th minute the much maligned Englishman, Emile Heskey finally got his first goal of the season as Ruben Zadkovich’s corner was flicked on by Josh Mitchell allowing Heskey to score a simple tap-in.
That would be it for the first-half but after the break the Jets would turn it on, with Heskey nearly finding a second in the 46th only to be denied by a Moss save.
But that resulted in a corner that allowed the Jets to make it two as David Carney sent in the corner for Griffiths, who was left completely unmarked, allowing the club legend a simple finish.
That opened the flood gates and before the hour mark it was three as Zenon Caravella’s cross found Taggart, again left unmarked, allowing him a simple header.
Such was Wellington’s night, their only real opportunity came from an indirect free-kick in the box but it was easily cleared by Newcastle who made it four in the 77th as Taggart sealed his brace, getting on a loose ball an hitting a shot that deflected in to the net.
In stoppage time the rout was sealed as Craig Goodwin sent a ball across the face which allowed Michael Bridges to hit an impressive half volley that left Moss with no chance.