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Nov 30, 2014 at 4am UK at ​Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
WellingtonWellington Phoenix
5-1
Melbourne CityMelbourne City
Burns (33', 47', 85' pen.), Bonevacia (40'), Krishna (50')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Williams (68' pen.)
Wielaert (83'), Melling (89')

Result: Nathan Burns hat-trick fires Wellington Phoenix to thumping victory

Wellington Phoenix cruise to a comfortable 5-1 win over Melbourne City thanks to a hat-trick from Nathan Burns and strikes form Roley Bonevacia and Roy Krishna.

A hat-trick from Nathan Burns fired the Wellington Phoenix to a thumping 5-1 victory over Melbourne City in their A-League clash.

The home side took the lead in the 35th minute when Burns raced onto a through ball and managed to round Andrew Redmayne, before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Roy Krishna of the Phoenix celebrates after scoring a goal during the round eight A-League match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City at Westpac Stadium on November 30, 2014© Getty Images

Wellington doubled their lead five minutes later when Michael McGlinchey released the run of Roley Bonevacia, and he powered the ball past Redmayne from close range.

The Phoenix could have gone three goals ahead just before the break, but Redmayne made a good stop to deny Roy Krishna from finding the net with a headed effort.

In the second half, Burns grabbed his second goal of the game in the 47th minute when he rifled the ball into the bottom corner with a ferocious strike from the edge of the area.

Krishna put his side out of sight when he netted the fourth of the match as he latched onto Tom Doyle's ball into the box and buried past Redmayne.

Melbourne got one goal back when Bonevacia brought down James Brown in the penalty area and a spot kick was awarded. David Williams took the penalty and fired the ball past Glen Moss.

Burns made Wellington history by becoming the first player to score a hat-trick for the club when he found the net from the spot late in the game, following a foul by Rob Wielaert, as the home side romped to victory.

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Nathan Burns of the Phoenix celebrates his goal during the round five A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium on November 7, 2014
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