Wellington close in on second spot despite Ingham's stunning goal for Perth


Wellington Phoenix have moved closer to second spot in the A-League after withstanding a late Perth surge to beat Glory 2-1 at Sydney's Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals to imports Gary Hooper and Ulises Davila moved the third-placed Nix to within one point of second-placed Melbourne City, who have played a game more.

The result also meant Wellington remained the only team with a mathematical chance of pipping leaders Sydney for the Premiers Plate, though the Sky Blues need just a point from their last four games.

Perth pulled a goal back through Dane Ingham just after the hour and laid siege to the Phoenix goal in the latter stages, but Wellington held on to secure the win.

Neither team produced a decent opportunity in a dull first half-hour, but the game perked up after Phoenix hit the front.

Wellington looked dangerous on the counter-attack in the first half and executed one in perfect fashion to open the scoring in the 32nd minute.

Impressive youngster Callum McCowatt lofted a ball over the top and Englishman Hooper brushed off Alex Grant and slotted the ball past an onrushing Liam Reddy for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Perth had the majority of first-half possession but struggled to create chances apart from a fierce drive by Bruno Fornaroli, palmed away by Nix goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.

Phoenix doubled their advantage in the 48th minute when Davila notched his 12th goal of the season after halftime substitute Jacob Tratt fouled David Ball in the penalty area.

Davila's spot kick was too precise and powerful for Reddy, who went in the right direction but couldn't prevent the Mexican from making it five from five this season.

Fornaroli, who had scored nine times in ten previous games against Wellington, had two chances to equalise.

He curled one shot straight at Marinovic and had another attempt deflected over the bar.

Perth remain in fifth spot.

Source AAP