Hyundai A-League friendlies wrap

There were five Hyundai A-League sides in pre-season action over the weekend with Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC suffering surprise defeats.

Here's how they fared with less than four weeks until the 2017/18 season roars into action.

JETS SOAR AGAINST SKY BLUES

Newcastle earned pre-season bragging rights over New South Wales neighbours and defending Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC at Magic Park on Saturday afternoon.

Dimi Petratos put the Jets ahead in the 12 th  minute, a lead they held until early in the second spell when 20-year-old Sky Blues striker Charles Lokolingoy – one of ten changes made by Graham Arnold at the break – squared the ledger.

But another youngster – teenage substitute Mario Shabow – scored the winner with 20 minutes left to give the Jets a confidence-boosting 2-1 victory.

ROAR'S NEW MEN ON TARGET

Brisbane new-boys Petros Skapetis and Massimo Maccarone were both on the scoresheet as the Roar stretched their legs with a 3-0 win over Olympic FC on Saturday night at Goodwin Park.

Youngster Shannon Brady also netted in Brisbane's fourth win of the Hyundai A-League pre-season.

PHOENIX FALL TO BLACKTOWN

Wellington Phoenix started their week-long tour of New South Wales with a 2-1 defeat against Westfield FFA Cup quarter-finalists Blacktown City.

Fielding very much a second-string side, Wellington's goal came from Alex Rufer with all the scoring action happening in the first half.

WANDERERS WIN AT WOLTER

Spanish striker Oriol Riera continued his fine pre-season form with another goal in Western Sydney's 2-0 win over PS4 NPL side Moreton Bay United at Wolter Park on Saturday evening.

An acrobatic second-half bicycle kick from Brendon Santalab sealed the win for Tony Popovic's team.