Football: Young Wellington Phoenix side advance to final 16 of FFA Cup thanks to Ben Waine's first half goal against Western United

A first half Ben Waine strike has seen the Wellington Phoenix advance beyong the FFA Cup's round of 32 for only the second time in the club's history.

A young Phoenix side, featuring four debutantes, topped Western United 1-0 in Geelong to book a meeting with Melbourne club Avondale FC in the last 16 of the knockout tournament next week.

Waine scored the games only goal in the 35th minute, heading home a Louis Fenton cross to give the Phoenix a lead they never looked like losing.

Coach Ufuk Talay made eight changes from the starting side in Friday's 2-0 controversial  A-League loss to Western Sydney Wanderers, with Oli Sail, Ben Old and Clayton Lewis the only players backing up.

The starting XI had an average age of 21 with exciting Australian midfielder Luka Prso and academy graduates Kurtis Mogg, Finn Surman and Oskar van Hattum all making their club debuts.

The Phoenix will travel to Newcastle next for Friday night's league clash against the Jets.

Meanwhile, New South Wales' Leichhardt are into the last eight after upsetting A-League giants Western Sydney 2-1.