A-League: Last-gasp penalty from Tomer Hemed sees Wellington Phoenix beat Adelaide United

A last-gasp penalty from Wellington Phoenix striker Tomer Hemed has given his side a vital three points over Adelaide United. 

The contest looked like heading for a draw, before substitute Joshua Sotirio was fouled in the box, when his header hit the bar in added time.

Israel international Hemed made no mistake from the spot to send the Wollongong crowd crazy and to give his side a 2-1 A-League win.

The Phoenix were playing their third game in seven days, after beating Perth and drawing with Western United. 

The 'Nix had a golden opportunity to move back into the top six, after Western Sydney Wanders went down to last-placed Melbourne Victory on Saturday and the win sees them catapult into the playoff places. 

After confirmation of the Phoenix's last two home fixtures against Western United and Perth Glory, the win could be the last match at their temporary home venue, WIN Stadium, at  Wollongong. 

Defender Louie Fenton celebrated his 100th Phoenix appearance and his side made a bright start, when Ben Waine - looking for his fourth goal in four games - hit the bar with a header from a Ulises Davila cross inside the first two minutes. 

In a tight first half, Phoenix skipper Davila had the best chance. He should've opened the scoring after 15 minutes, when Waine put him through one-on-one with Adelaide goalkeeper Joe Gauci, who made a smart save to deny the Mexicaan. 

Adelaide made a hot start to the second half and should've taken the lead, when Tomi Juric missed an open goal from a dangerous cross two minutes after the restart. 

But the visitors only had to wait two minutes, before hitting the front, when Stefan Mauk smashed home a low cross from Ryan Strain to give Adelaide a deserved lead. 

Wellington wasted no time equalising through Waine, who scored his fourth goal in as many games.

Davila fired a ball over the top of the Adelaide defence for Hemed, who was brought down on the edge of the box. Not waiting for the referee's whistle, Waine gathered the loose ball and rounded the keeper to level the scores. 

The 'Nix pushed for the winner, with Hemed having a glorious chance two minutes from time. Fenton fizzed in a cross to the Israeli, who fired a shot on the volley.

The drama-filled contest seemed likely to end all square, before Hemed buried his penalty to extend their unbeaten run to four games. 

The victory sees Wellington jump up into sixth place, while Adelaide remain in third.