A headed brace to Andy Keogh (24', 31') and second-half goals to Diego Castro (51') and Chris Ikonomidis (65') had the Nix well and truly on the ropes before retiring striker Brendon Santalab struck in the 83rd minute to cap the WA outfit's Premiers Plate winning campaign.

The result, in the last game of the regular season, bumped the under strength Nix down to sixth on the A-League table, setting up a clash with third placed Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Friday.

The other elimination final will now pit hosts Adelaide United (4th) against Melbourne City (5th) at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

Neither Phoenix nor Victory have been able to wrestle the upperhand this season playing out three draws - two at AAMI Park (1-1, 3-3) and, most recently a 1-1 stalemate in Auckland. Much will depend on how the Nix can bounce back from tonight's mauling.

Meanwhile City's only match at Coopers Stadium this season resulted in a 2-0 win over the Reds but since then there's been nothing to separate the teams.

In round 18 the sides shared the points with a 1-1 draw followed by a goalless clash in the third last round of the season.

The lowest ranked winner of the elimination finals will travel to Perth on May 10 to take on the Premiers Plate winners in the first semi, while runners-up Sydney FC will host the highest ranked winner on May 12.

Finals Series matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, 10 Bold, Sky Sport NZ and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.

A-League 2019 Finals Series (Week One) ‚Äď Elimination Finals

Elimination Final 1

Date:                  Friday, 3 May 2019

Fixture:               Melbourne Victory (3) v Wellington Phoenix (6)

Venue:               AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-off Time:    7.50pm (AEST)

Ticketing On-Sale Details

Monday 29 April, 9am (AEST): Participating Clubs Member presale

Tuesday 30 April, 11am (AEST): General Public on sale

Visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets for further ticketing information

 

Elimination Final 2

Date:                 Sunday, 5 May 2019

Fixture:             Adelaide United (4) v Melbourne City FC (5)

Venue:              Coopers Stadium, Adelaide

Kick-off Time:   6.30pm (ACST) (7.00pm AEST)

Ticketing On-Sale Details

Monday 29 April, 9am (ACST): Participating Clubs Member presale
Tuesday 30 April, 9am (ACST): Members Presale concludes
Tuesday 30 April, 2pm (ACST): General Public on sale

Visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets for further ticketing information

 

A-League 2019 Finals Series (Week Two)

Semi-Final 1

Date:                 Friday, 10 May 2019

Fixture:              Perth Glory (1) v Lowest Ranked Elimination Final Winner

Venue:               HBF Park, Perth

Kick-off Time:    6.30pm (AWST) (8:30pm AEST)

Ticketing On-Sale Details

Monday 29 April, 9am - Tuesday 30, April 8am (AWST): Perth Glory Platinum & Shed Members
Tuesday 30 April, 9am - Wednesday 1, May 8am (AWST):  Perth Glory Gold Plus Members
Wednesday 1 May 9am ‚Äď Thursday 2, May 8am (AWST): Perth Glory Gold Members
Thursday 2 May, 9am(AWST): Perth Glory All Members
Monday 6 May, 9am (AWST): Away Club Members Presale
Tuesday 7 May, 2pm (AWST): General Public On sale

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A-League 2019 Semi-Final 2

Date:                  Sunday 12 May 2019

Fixture:              Sydney FC (2) v Highest Ranked Elimination Final Winner

Venue:               Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah

Kick-off Time:    7:00pm (AEST)

Ticketing On-Sale Details

Monday 6 May,  9am (AEST): Participating Club Member presale
Tuesday 7 May, 9am (AEST): Members Presale (incl. same seat and general event) concludes
Tuesday 7 May, 2pm (AEST): General Public On sale

Visit www.a-league.com.au/tickets for further ticketing information