Round 17 in Review

We take a look back at a thrilling Round 17 of Hyundai A-League action.

Melbourne Heart 2-1 Sydney FC

A ten-man Melbourne Heart outfit secured their second victory of the campaign at AAMI Park on Friday evening following a spectacular late goal from substitute David Williams.

Dutch midfielder Orlando Engelaar was handed his marching orders in the 33rd minute after receiving a straight red card for his challenge on Hagi Gligor.

It turned from bad to worse for Melbourne six minutes later as Corey Gameiro opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after a shocking mistake from shot stopper Andrew Redmayne.

Heart boss John van-t Schip must have provided some sage words to his men at the break, with his side levelling proceedings in the 52nd minute via the boot of Argentine Jonatan Germano.

With the clash looking likely to end in a draw, Williams produced a classy strike to ensure the red and whites would claim maximum points and seal back-to-back home wins.

Perth Glory 1-1 Melbourne Victory

Lithuanian international Darvydas Sernas scored one of the goals of the season to seal a 1-1 draw for Perth Glory against Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium on Friday night.

Kevin Muscat-s side took the lead in the 37th minute with Gui Finkler finding the net from the penalty spot.

New recruit Sernas made an immediate impact after coming on in the second stanza sending the Glory fans into a frenzy in the 50th minute after his incredible strike from outside the penalty area.

Young gun Andrew Nabbout had a golden opportunity to seal all three points for the visitors with just over 15 minutes remaining but he failed to trouble Glory gloveman Danny Vukovic with his shot falling wide.

Perth marquee man William Gallas suffered a late injury scare as he was forced off with a leg injury as the clock wound down.

Wellington Phoenix 2-1 Adelaide United

Wellington Phoenix claimed their fifth win of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season when they faced Adelaide United at Eden Park on Saturday.

First-half goals to Costa Rican duo Carlos Hernandez and Kenny Cunningham helped Ernie Merrick-s troops to a vital win.

Hernandez scored the opening goal for the Phoenix from a penalty in the 22nd minute, before he found Cunningham who made no mistake in doubling the advantage for the home side just before the interval.

Substitute Awer Mabil scored a late consolation goal for the Reds, but it was not enough as Adelaide-s seven-match unbeaten streak came to an end.

Newcastle Jets 2-2 Western Sydney Wanderers

A brace to Adam Taggart earned Newcastle Jets a 2-2 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in a thrilling encounter at Hunter Stadium on Saturday evening.

The home team broke the deadlock courtesy of a stunning strike to Taggart halfway through the opening half.

Western Sydney levelled the score right before the half-time whistle thanks to a superb set piece from Aaron Mooy.

Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp handed his team the lead with just under half an hour remaining in the match after he struck a Josh Brilliante clearance into the net beyond Jets ‘keeper Mark Birighitti.

Taggart snatched a point for the Jets in the final minute of the game after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.

However, the action continued after the final whistle with goal scorer Taggart brought down in heavy challenge by Ante Covic, while Joel Griffiths was handed a straight red card for dissent.

Brisbane Roar 2-1 Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners suffered their first loss of 2014 at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday with Brisbane coming from behind to secure a late victory for a second successive week.

Former Socceroo Mile Sterjovski handed Central Coast a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute after winning and then converting a penalty for the yellow and navy.

Roar proved why they are one of the main contenders for this season-s crown after the interval with Brazilian livewire Henrique restoring parity to the contest, before Albanian ace Besart Berisha sent a deflected shot past Mariners custodian Liam Reddy in the dying stages of the encounter.

The victory sees Brisbane move seven points clear atop the Hyundai A-League table.