Krishna scores a hat-trick for Phoenix

Attacking livewire, Roy Krishna bagged a hat-trick for Wellington Phoenix in a 3-2 win over a New Zealand Select XI on the weekend.

All White and Nix star, Jeremy Brockie, was on target as was fellow Kiwi international Michael McGlinchey who enjoyed his first pre-season hit out as the saga over his club status continues to drag on.

McGlinchey remains in No Man’s land while FFA try to sort out competing claims by Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners.

Coach Ernie Merrick was delighted with Sunday’s hit out at Owen Delaney Park, particularly the form of Krishna, 26.

The Fijian international was originally signed as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill before being snapped up on a two-year deal in March.

“It was a really good outcome for us,” Merrick told the club’s website

“Most of our squad were involved on one side or the other and it was a competitive game.

“Roy (Krishna) showed what a good finisher he is.

“He hasn’t produced it just yet in the A-League but that will do his confidence a world of good.

“It was also satisfying that Phoenix players, if you include Mikey, scored all five goals.”

Krishna opened his account on four minutes, catching New Zealand goalkeeper Glen Moss off his line and scoring from 25 metres out.

He doubled Wellington’s lead on 17 minutes before Brockie – whose penalty attempt was saved earlier in the game - clawed back the deficit by one, with a strike on 57 minutes.

McGlinchey looked like he had salvaged a draw when he scored from a Louis Fenton cross, only for Krishna to fire home his third deep into stoppage time following some good lead-up work from new signings Nathan Burns and Tom Doyle.