Round 12 in review

Missed out on any Round 12 matches? Recap all the Hyundai A-League action here with our Round 12 review.

Missed out on any Round 12 matches? Recap all the action here with our Round 13 review.

Sydney FC 2-5 Brisbane Roar Sydney FC boasted a big crowd on Boxing Day, but unfortunately for the 16,000-odd at Allianz Stadium, they disappointed.

Brisbane Roar was outstanding as they came back from 1-0 down to score five unanswered goals, including a hat-trick to former Sydney FC winger, Dimi Petratos.

Sydney FC took the lead through their marquee man, Alessandro Del Piero, who managed to get a free kick up and over the wall.

Thomas Broich equalised after a fabulous pass from Luke Bratton. Then, Petratos had his say, scoring a penalty and then finishing a fantastic Roar move in the first half.

He completed his hat-trick with another penalty, before Ivan Franjic added the icing to the cake late on. Richard Garcia scored with the last kick of the game after an error from MIchael Theo, but the fat lady was well and truly in song.

Melbourne Heart 0-1 Wellington Phoenix Melbourne Heart remain winless after they went down to Wellington Phoenix. For Wellington, it is a second win on the bounce, after they broke their duck against Sydney FC in Round 11.

Stein Huysegems was the match-winner for the second week in a row, netting in the second half.

Heart was proactive in the first half and Michael Mifsud in particular looked a threat as he got in behind Ben Sigmund and Andrew Durante.

The missed chances came back to haunt them and coach John Aloisi, who had his contract terminated in the aftermath of the defeat.

Melbourne Victory 1-1 Western Sydney Wanderers Victory needed a late, special equaliser to grab a point at home to Western Sydney Wanderers.

It was a match that came to life in the second half as both sides pushed for a win, Wanderers in the knowledge that Brisbane Roar had gained three points earlier in the round.

When Brendon Santalab gave Wanderers the lead in the second half, it looked all over for Victory.

But, with the match in its dying moments, Gui Finkler stepped up to curl a magical free kick past Ante Covic to gain Victory a share of the points.

Adelaide United 1-0 Newcastle Jets Adelaide United-s resurgence continued as they downed Newcastle Jets at home.

It was a sometimes ill-tempered encounter with some rough challenges and frayed tempers, but Adelaide managed to rise above the carnage and steal all three points.

Bruce Djite-s goal in the first half was all that separated the two sides, as Newcastle Jets tried and failed to take even a share of the points from the match at Coopers Stadium.

Central Coast Mariners 2-1 Perth Glory Central Coast Mariners scored a dramatic, late winner against Perth Glory in their traditional New Year-s Eve fixture at Bluetongue Stadium.

The Mariners took the lead in the first half when Trent Sainsbury scored his first ever Hyundai A-League goal, hooking the ball in after a penalty area scramble.

The match looked poised to stay that way until a spellbinding final ten minutes.

Glory had found an avenue back into the game after they given a penalty in the 84th minute. It was a clumsy foul by Marcel Seip, on for the injured Sainsbury, that gave Glory the opportunity.

Steven McGarry made no mistake, smashing the penalty into the top corner. But, the drama wasn-t over.

Jacob Burns was sent off for two yellow cards in a matter of moments, the second coming when he wasn-t even on the pitch after he left the field of play to change a bloodied jersey.

Nonetheless he had to go, and Perth paid the price. Michael McGlinchey scored after a goal mouth scramble in the 97th minute, to steal the three points points from the furious Glory.