Mar 22, 2014 at 6.30am UK at ​Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, Australia
Newcastle JetsNewcastle Jets
WellingtonWellington Phoenix
Heskey (35'), Griffiths (46'), Taggart (57', 77'), Bridges (90')
Brillante (36'), Zadkovich (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Cunningham (77')

Result: Emile Heskey ends goal drought as Newcastle Jets thrash Wellington Phoenix

Emile Heskey scores his first goal of the season as the Newcastle Jets thrash A-League rivals Wellington Phoenix to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive.

Emile Heskey scored his first goal of the season on Saturday as the Newcastle Jets thrashed A-League rivals Wellington Phoenix to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive.

The 36-year-old former England international broke his duck in the 35th minute, opening the scoring with a hooked volley at the far post following a Josh Mitchell flick-on.

Heskey almost doubled his tally 11 seconds after half time when he latched on to a clever reverse pass from Joel Griffiths before hitting a goalbound shot that was deflected wide by busy goalkeeper Glen Moss.

Moss was beaten from the resultant corner, as Griffiths found the net with a fierce half-volley.

It was 3-0 just before the hour mark. Zenon Caravella cut in from the right and floated in a cross for Adam Taggart, who headed home from eight yards.

Taggart found the net again 13 minutes from full time, beating Moss with a heavily-deflected shot from just inside the penalty area.

Michael Bridges completed Newcastle's biggest ever win in stoppage time, meeting Craig Goodwin's diagonal cross with a stunning volley.

Central Coast's Eddy Bosnar celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Newcastle Jets during their A-League match on March 15, 2014
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