Gold Coast back on top of A-League

MELBOURNE - Gold Coast United reclaimed top spot on the Australian A-League standings with a slick 1-0 win over previous frontrunners Sydney FC at the Sydney Football Stadium on Sunday.

By (AFP)

Published: Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:33 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:06 AM

United, backing up from their 2-0 midweek win over Newcastle, became the first team to breach Sydney’s defence in six games.

In a match of few clear-cut chances, Gold Coast striker Joel Porter’s goal in the 19th minute proved the difference.

The win edged Gold Coast one point ahead of Sydney with four regular season games remaining and two points ahead of Melbourne, who still have a game in hand on the pair.

Melbourne Victory thumped Perth Glory 6-2 at home on Saturday, with Robbie Kruse snaring a first-half hat-trick.

Socceroo striker Archie Thompson opened the scoring inside the opening five minutes and the Victory added two more second-half goals through a penalty from skipper Kevin Muscat and Costa Rican Carlos Hernandez.

Melbourne’s goal-fest was only their second six-goal haul in A-League history.

Newcastle Jets scored twice in a five-minute spell in the second half to boost their title credentials while denting Brisbane Roar’s finals aspirations in a 2-0 win in Brisbane on Saturday.

Jets’ captain Matt Thompson broke the deadlock in the 50th minute and former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges converted a penalty as Newcastle held on to fourth spot.

Ivory Coast striker Eugene Dadi scored his third goal for fifth-placed Wellington Phoenix since switching from Perth Glory in a 3-0 home win over North Queensland Fury.

Adelaide United and Central Coast Mariners played out a 1-1 draw to keep Adelaide rooted at the bottom of the table.

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