Jeremy Brockie scored twice and laid on another two goals as the Wellington Phoenix eased past Central League stragglers Upper Hutt City 4-0 in a pre-season game at Maidstone Park tonight.
All the goals came in the first half with Brockie not only bagging a brace but providing assists for youngsters Tyler Boyd and Alex Rufer.
It was a welcome confidence boost for Brockie, the All Whites striker who scored just five goals last season after 16 in 2012-13.
Brockie opened the scoring in the ninth minute and turned provider in the 30th with a superb low cross from the right that Boyd turned into the net.
Seven minutes later Brockie repeated the effort from the left flank and this time it was Rufer who blasted the ball into the net.
Right on halftime, fullback Manny Muscat raced down the right flank and sent in a firm, low cross for Brockie to complete the scoring.
"It was good to get up here and let the young fans see the first-team players in action," said Phoenix assistant coach Chris Greenacre.
"Brockie was exceptional tonight with his goals and overall good play. He is a good pro. Strikers are judged on the goals they score and thrive on scoring ... We shifted the ball well which is what we were looking for them to do. They have been doing it in training and tonight we transferred it into a match situation."
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