Second half drama at ANZ erupted as Wellington Phoenix gave up two one-goal leads before finally nicking a 3-2 win, thanks to a brace from Roy Krishna.
It started off like a horror story for Western Sydney with star midfielder Alexander Baumjohann coming off injured with a hamstring complaint.
Wellington took a surprise lead in the 36th minute as Sarpreet Singh worked his magic for Louis Fenton to slide home. Not too long before the break Brendan Hamill scored from a Western Sydney Wanderers corner and the sides went into the sheds level.
The Wanderers fans' celebrations then turned to perplexed looks as Oriol Riera was substituted off and Kwame Yeboah came on for his debut for Western Sydney.
Yeboah's energy was palpable pulling defenders out of position with powerful runs and stinging passes. Unfortunately a howler from Vedran Janjetovic saw Krishna put Wellington in front with just over 10 minutes to go, but we then entered a tense closing stanza.
Moments later Keanu Baccus rocketed a shot into the crossbar and in for 2-2. The ultimate stab to the heart for Wanderers fans came on the cusp of stoppage time when substitute Max Burgess crossed into the near post and Roy Krishna came in on the blindside of Brendan Hamill to score the winner.
WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS
Vedran Janjetovic - 5
The Wanderers keeper had some nervy moments when playing out from the back with some passes being intercepted.
Janjetovic came up with a brilliant save to deny a rasping shot from Williams. Janjetovic had another howler when he came out too late to sweep up Sheridan's pass and Krishna ran beyond him to score Wellington's second.
Tate Russell - 6
Russell started the attack that ended in a penalty shout by the Wanderers when Kamau was tackled by Fenton. The youngster played his second match in a week and has had two commendable performances.
Brendan Hamill - 5
Hamill put the ball in the net in the second half but it was ruled out for offside. After Wellington's goal Hamill was much more aggressive in his closing down of Krishna.
He finally earned his goal equalising with a header in the 40th minute although he was caught out with Krishna's winner.
Patrick Ziegler - 6
Used his body effectively putting off the advances of young Liberato Cacace, however his positioning on Roy Krishna's post slamming chance was suspect.