Wellington Phoenix were in full flight to come away with a 1-0 win over a Melbourne City side that failed to take off.
The Phoenix continue to rise from the ashes this season, holding off a late barrage from Warren Joyce's City side after capitalising on a dominant start to the match.
Sarpreet Singh and Liberato Cacace were ever-threatening in the Nix' final third, causing a whole lot of havoc. With a brilliant first-half, Cacace delivered a beautiful cross for a fiery David Williams, who gave the hosts an early lead in the fourth minute.
Where Wellington looked to create at every opportunity, City lacked the intent up forward and looked flat. Diagonal balls from the Phoenix's midfield sparked attack and it was hard to believe that they weren't up by more goals before the break.
City didn't put up a shot on target for about 60 minutes, until Lachlan Wales fashioned an effort that was denied by Filip Kurto. City continued to bang on the door but Kurto was astonishing. Wellington remained a threat for the remainder of the match, despite a scrappy second period overall.
Kurto was simply unpassable, a brick wall, and kept his side in the game as Mark Rudan's men held on for the three points.
Filip Kurto - 10
Remained untroubled in the first 45, with City providing nothing on target. Came up big at crucial times to deny City and keep them at bay. Herculean efforts from the custodian.
Tom Doyle - 6
Brilliant slide-tackling in the defensive third. Header was palmed away by Galekovic.
Andrew Durante - 7
Dominant defending, made crucial clearances and found space, which then broke out counter-attack's and released balls forward.
Steven Taylor - 6.5
Great tackling to stop City's runs, didn't let them inside the box for most of the match.
Louis Fenton - 6.5
Excellent work in the midfield, made positive drives forward and worked well with Singh up forward.