Football: Wellington Phoenix claim first win of A-League season with rout of Canberra United

The Wellington Phoenix have claimed their first win of the A-League season with a five-goal rout of Canberra United at Sky Stadium.

It's their first victory in nine attempts and comes against a side right in the mix of playoff football, and who were coming off two straight wins.

Phoenix captain Chloe Knott.
Phoenix captain Chloe Knott. Photo credit: Photosport

The Phoenix signalled their attacking intent from the outset, dictating proceedings and keeping the visitors inside their own half.

But it wasn't until the 42nd minute they would break the deadlock, and with it, the floodgates.

Younger Emily Louise Foy Clegg put the Phoenix in front with a simple tap in after Canberra failed to clear their lines in defence.

The Phoenix were in again just two minutes later, when Betsy Hassett capitalised on another brilliant piece of attacking play from Clegg to give her side a 2-0 halftime lead.

The break did little to halt the Phoenix's charge, as Michaela Foster found an unmarked Ava Leigh Pritchard, who made no mistake and slotted the goal.

Canberra looked as if they would claw one back after they were awarded a penalty, only for Phoenix goalkeeper Brianna Edwards to save Vesna Milivojević's effort.

The Phoenix continued to pile misery on the hapless visitors, with Hassett grabbing her second in the 83rd minute after beautiful link-up play.

An own goal would seal an impressive 5-0 victory for the Phoenix just minutes later after the ball took a deflection off of Emma Ilijoski and found the back of the net.

Phoenix captain Chloe Knott was delighted with the result and believes it has been coming for some time.

"Honestly, I can't put it into words, it's just the most amazing feeling, I'm so proud of the team," she told Sky Sport post-match. 

"We were waiting for this win, all the weeks have been building up to it and finally, everything fell into place.

"It's been coming, it really has been coming for us and we were waiting for all the final third stuff to click and it finally did.

"It's been such an amazing week for them [Football Ferns players], we're so proud of them, we talked a lot about them bringing that energy into camp and they really did. They should up for us today and it was just amazing all around.

"That's always been our style of play, to keep them in defence, and we were just waiting for that final third stuff to click and five goals - you can't ask for more than that.

"We love that winning feeling and we just want more of that now. Every week, we're going to be chasing that feeling of getting that win, so it's only up from here hopefully."