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Strong start for Phoneix not enough

NZN 2/08/2016

A promising start wasn't enough for Wellington Phoenix to defend themselves against a 3-2 comeback win by Western Sydney Wanderers.

Hamish Watson and Kostas Barbarouses scored early for the Phoenix but two goals from debutante teenage striker Lachlan Scott either side of half time put the Wanderers back in the game.

The winning goal came from Mitch Nicols, scoring Wanderers a place in the FFA Cup Round 16 and knocking the Phoenix out.

There was humiliation for Central Coast Mariners who became just the second A-League club to lose against semi-professional opposition.

The Mariners, looking to recover from a disastrous 2015/16 A-League season, looked set for a scrappy win against Green Gully only to concede twice inside the final five minutes.

The Mariners went ahead early through new signing Blake Powell but Green Gully, led by former Melbourne Victory stalwart Rodrigo Vargas, came back strongly.

The Melbourne-based side, who briefly featured in the former National Soccer League during the mid 1980s, went ahead in spectacular fashion in added time through a stunning 40-metre effort from Liam Boland.

Melbourne City were made to work overtime to see off Floreat Athena 2-1 in Perth with Anthony Caceres scoring the winner after the local side briefly drew level.

Cup specialists Bentleigh Greens also advanced though they needed a 4-3 penalty shootout win to see off ten-man MetroStars, following a 3-3 draw in Adelaide.

The Round of 32 will continue on Wednesday evening headlined by Newcastle Jets hosting cup holders Melbourne Victory, while A-League champions Adelaide United head to Brisbane to tackle Redlands United.

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