A League round-up - Newcastle seal important win
With the Gold Coast United and Central Coast Mariners game suspended due to bad weather, only three matches took place at the weekend.
Brisbane Roar 0-1 Newcastle Jets
Newcastle Jets earned an important three points to move out of the bottom two with a 1-0 victory against Brisbane Roar at Lang Park. The only goal of the game came in the 23rd minute when Jets’ Ben Kantarovski linked up well with midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse before finishing with his right foot. Mohamed Adnan had a 90th minute free-kick for the homeside but was thwarted by the Jets’ defence.
Wellington Phoenix 3-1 Melbourne Heart
Wellington Phoenix made it three wins in a row as they beat fellow high-flyers Melbourne Heart 3-1 in front of their biggest crowd of the season at the Westpac Stadium. Paul Ifill gave Phoenix the lead in the 3rd minute but Brazilian striker Alex Terra pulled one back for the visitors in the 24th minute. English striker Chris Greenacre put the homeside back in the lead nine minutes into the second-half before Ifill doubled his tally for the day and Phoenix’s third.
Adelaide United 0-3 Perth Glory
Adelaide United stretched their winless run to five games after being beaten by a confident Perth Glory 3-0 at the Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday. New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz (pictured) gave the visitors the lead with his left-footed strike in the 14th minute and Steven McGarry doubled the scoreline seven minutes later. Ex-Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller made sure of victory in the 82nd minute with a right footed shot beating Eugene Galekovic in the Adelaide goal.
How they stand
Wellington Phoenix’s victory sees them move above Brisbane into second place, ten points behind leaders Central Coast Mariners. Brisbane Roar move down one place to third with Perth Glory moving into fourth, above fifth placed Melbourne Heart. Sydney FC remain in sixth with Newcastle Jets’ victory seeing them move up to place to seventh. Melbourne Victory are eighth but equal on points with ninth place Adelaide United who sit six points ahead of bottom placed Gold Coast United.
By Nick Ford