Roy Krishna triggered an incredible 15 minute turnaround while Wellington Phoenix came from behind to beat 10-man Central Coast Mariners 3-2 in the take-over of the Hyundai A-League.
Krishna sent two second-half penalties before David Williams' decisive strike, which nullified Matt Simon's early penalty and a fine breakaway goal by Andrew Hoole.
These early vehicles saw the Mariners roam for a record-breaking evening in the capital of New Zealand, but the contest quickly revealed itself after the interval when Kye Rowles was sent off for a foul on Krishna.
The prowess had appeared alive when Rudan's team fell into an ambush by a devastating opening 45 minutes from the visitors.
The Central Coast soon bombed Phoenix, winning seven kicks in the first 13 minutes, and it was a strategy that he paid dividends when Simon was ab beaten in the area while competing for the ball.
The captain of the Mariners coldly caressed his side in front of 12 yards and Westpac Stadium was further stunned when Hoole crowned an escape with a curved final curling.  SummerOfHeroesBanner "title =" SummerOfHeroesBanner "typeof =" foaf: Image "/>
But the faithful of the Phoenix came to life immediately in the second half after defender Mariners saw the red for stumbling over Krishna while prepared to strike.  Krishna converted from the post despite a brave parade of Ben Kennedy, and should have equalized a few moments later, only to send the crossbar of Cillian Sheridan whistling on the first post with a header.  The lack was ultimately meaningless when the Fiji master inflicted his second penalty after a foul by Jacob Melling, and the comeback was completed by Williams, who reacted more quickly to turn the discards from close range and deliver the Mariners to the 10th consecutive defeat.