Victory prevailed in a belter of a Melbourne Derby, there was late drama in the Hunter and the Sky Blues march on. Here’s your Monday morning fix of Hyundai A-League Round 11 with a recap of results, video highlights and reaction.
Newcastle Jets 2-1 Adelaide United
They left it till virtually the last kick of the game, but the Jets made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season after striker Morten Nordstrand sparing the blushes of keeper Jack Duncan with the winner in time added on. For the visitors, after this shattering defeat, their Premiership defence is all but over with finals football their only hope now.
Wellington Phoenix 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers FC
The Wanderers looked on course for a much-needed win only for a missed penalty and a spirited fight-back from the home side to snatch a draw in a thrill-a-minute 90 minutes in Auckland.
Melbourne City FC 1-2 Melbourne Victory
Another pulsating Derby encounter at AAMI. Cahill - who else for the big occasion - gave City the lead with a trademark header but it was Victory who would get bragging rights this time. Besart Berisha creating a bit of goal-scoring history along the way with his second half winner after an utterly absorbing Christmas Derby.
Perth Glory 1-4 Sydney FC
Despite taking an early lead, Glory couldn’t go on with the job as the rampant Sky Blues ran riot after the break to stay unbeaten and register the best start to a season by any club in Hyundai A-League history.
Central Coast Mariners 1-2 Brisbane Roar FC
Even in their special yellow and red surf life-saving kit, the Mariners could not stop being sunk by the in-form Roar. Dimitri Petratos playing his part with a stunning first-half free-kick in Gosford for Brisbane.