Michael McGlinchey returned to haunt his old club as the Wellington Phoenix came from behind to upset the Central Coast Mariners 2-1 in Gosford.
McGlinchey, who was the focus of a heated off-season contract dispute, fired home the equaliser to silence the boo's ringing around Central Coast Stadium, before Nathan Burns sunk a knife into the hearts of the Mariners faithful 10 minutes into the second stanza.
Earlier, a Tom Doyle own goal gave the yellow and navy the lead, but it wasn't enough as the Gosford club fell to their first loss on home soil in six A-League matches.
The fixture highlighted the Mariners need for a clinical proven goalscorer, where despite controlling the majority of possession across the pitch, they failed to create anything of real significance in the final third.
Decked out in pink in their annual support of women's breast cancer research, the Central Coast seemed more intent on creating a visual statement than a physical one as the Phoenix took the early accendency - cultivating a number of opportunities around the 18-yard box but failing to find the killer blow.
It would prove costly as the Mariners used their first potent attack of the match to open the scoring after 12 minutes, where Kim Seung-yong played FFA Cup hero Matt Sim in on goal, only for 'Nix left back Tom Doyle to intercept the pass by poking the ball past Glen Moss with the poise and finesse of a seasoned striker.
Wellington found it alot more difficult to find a way past Liam Reddy at the opposite end, but were given a golden ticket when A-League debutant Jacob Poscoliero brought down Jeremy Brockie inside the box 20 minutes later. The New Zealand international stepped up and fired into the woodwork, but McGlinchey caressed the rebound into the corner of the net past a desperate Reddy to restore parity.
McGlinchey continued to reak havoc down the left touchline for his former club, and was at the core of the Phoenix second goal when his clever back-heel was crossed into the box by Tom Doyle. The tantalising ball floating wide of the far post was headed square by Jeremy Brockie to an unmarked Nathan Burns, who despite late pressure from Eddy Bosnar rifled the ball home from close range to give the 'Nix an unlikely lead.
After the hour mark, Phil Moss made a number of tactical changes, including the introduction of Glen Trifiro and Nick Fitzgerald, and the latter spurned the Mariners most likely chance to equalise when his header from six yards struck Glen Moss' far post and bounced out.
Trifiro had a late opportunity parried wide of the post after a mesmerising run into the box, but it wasn't to be for the Central Coast as they were unable to become just the tenth side in the history of the A-League to score back-to-back victories to open the season.