Another match, another goalscoring spree for Jeremy Brockie, who will be hoping this rich vein of form on the Wellington Phoenix's pre-season tour of India can be replicated in the upcoming A-League season.
Brockie followed up his four goals against Shillong Lajong earlier this week by netting a hat-trick as the Phoenix beat the Royal Wahingdoh team 3-0 in Shillong overnight (NZT).
With seven goals in two games, the All Whites and former Newcastle Jets striker is showing the form that made him a target for Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert in the off-season.
It was the Phoenix's third match in six days and it showed in the first half when it took them time to get into stride.
Brockie raised his team's spirits in the 27th minute when a lovely ball from Alex Smith set him free and he coolly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.
From that point the Phoneix were always in control and in the second half found some of the rhythm they had showed in the first two games of the tour.
Brockie made it 2-0 30 seconds into the second spell and looked to have completed his hat-trick shortly afterward when he volleyed the ball home only to have it ruled out for offside.
Chances came and went with academy player Louis Fenton again in likely form, but it wasn't till stoppage time that Brockie completed the scoring from the penalty spot after Fenton had been brought down.
Herbert rang the changes again in the second half and when the final whistle went the Phoenix had seven under-21 players on the pitch.
"The goals keep coming for Brocks and they aren't tap ins either," Herbert said.
"The timing of his runs is first-class and he has been assisted by some fine delivery.
"Our level was down a little with it being our third game in six days, but we managed to control the tempo of the game and kept the momentum going when needed.''
Wellington Phoenix: Glen Moss (Scott Basalaj 75m), Leo Bertos, Alec Solomon (Michael Boxall 65m), Andrew Durante (captain), Tony Lochhead (Luke Rowe 58m), Cameron Lindsay, Benji Totori (Tom Biss 65m), Alex Smith (Tom Doyle 58m), Louis Fenton, Tyler Boyd, Jeremy Brockie.
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