Gary Hooper and David Ball were among the goals as Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0, while Newcastle Jets prevailed by the same scoreline at Adelaide United.

Third-placed Wellington have now won four games in succession and hit the front inside three minutes when Ulises Davila volleyed in from close range.

Hooper then netted a clever glancing header in the 21st minute before strike partner Ball dispatched an excellent solo strike 10 minutes into the second half – condemning Victory to a sixth defeat in their past nine matches, although both teams' contrasting form looks set to be halted by quarantine measures in Australia and New Zealand related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Victory's solitary win during their slump came at the expense of Adelaide, who lost their fourth game in a row before being booed off for their efforts at Coopers Stadium against Newcastle.

Roy O'Donovan dispatched Dimitrios Petratos' 41st-minute cross and Matthew Millar doubled the advantage with a lofted finish early in the second half.

Steve Ugarkovic emphatically headed home Bobby Burns' cross shortly afterwards to complete the scoring and ensure the Jets made it six games unbeaten in style.

Sydney FC went 13 points clear at the top of the A-League after coming from behind to hammer Melbourne Victory 4-1.

The league leaders fell behind in the fifth minute, Marco Rojas breezing past Alex Wilkinson all too easily before rifling home an early opener.

Yet Milos Ninkovic levelled prior to half-time and Sydney led when Anthony Caceres curled a 64th-minute effort in off the post from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later Le Fondre, the A-League's top scorer this season, chipped over Lawrence Thomas for his 16th goal of the season, with Giancarlo Gallifuoco only diverting the ball into the corner with his desperate intervention on the line.

The hosts ended the game with 10 men when last-man Tim Hoogland was somewhat harshly dismissed for a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge on substitute Trent Buhagiar in the area three minutes from time.

With Le Fondre off the pitch, Kosta Barbarouses stepped up and converted the penalty to make it 4-1 and leave Graham Arnold's side 13 points clear of Melbourne City, who they also have a game in hand on.

Besart Berisha, the A-League's all-time top scorer, added another two to his tally in Western United's 5-1 demolition of Adelaide United.

Riley McGree had cancelled out Berisha's first, but Alessandro Diamanti, Max Burgess and Connor Pain all found the net before the visitors' prolific striker scored his second of the game and 15th of the season.

The win moved Western United above Adelaide into sixth.

Andrew Nabbout's spectacular 91st-minute strike secured a much-needed 2-1 A-League win for Melbourne Victory at home to Adelaide United on Saturday.

Victory peppered the Adelaide goal but looked set to fall short in their bid for a first league win since January 5 as they trailed to Kristian Opseth's fine early finish.

George Blackwood hit the crossbar as the visitors threatened a second approaching the hour-mark, only for Marco Rojas to quickly equalise at the other end, getting ahead of his marker and prodding past Paul Izzo.

The match was still level at the end of normal time, but Nabbout cut inside from the left flank and arrowed a stunning drive high past Izzo from the corner of the area to steal all three points.

Victory moved back ahead of Newcastle Jets, who had temporarily leapfrogged the Melbourne side earlier in the day courtesy of head coach Carl Robinson's first win.

The Jets' 2-1 triumph over Perth Glory also featured a magnificent goal, with Nikolai Topor-Stanley finding the top-right corner from 25 yards to open the scoring after 12 minutes.

Neil Kilkenny equalised from the penalty spot after Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard's handball, yet Roy O'Donovan hit a 74th-minute winner.

Perth remain second in the table but are now winless in three in all competitions.

Western Sydney Wanderers closed to within four points of the top six with a thrilling 5-2 A-League drubbing of Adelaide United.

There were six goals in the first half at Bankwest Stadium in which the visitors went 2-1 up after trailing just five minutes in, only to surrender their advantage in a manner described by coach Gertjan Verbeek as "comedy capers".

Pirmin Schwegler's deflected free-kick five minutes in was cancelled out by a Riley McGree penalty, and Ben Halloran's composed finish made it 2-1 22 minutes in.

Two goals in two minutes turned the match on its head, though, Nicolai Muller making levelling before Mitchell Duke finished emphatically after being sent through by Simon Cox.

Duke headed in a second before the break to give the Wanderers a two-goal cushion, and Cox's clever after 73 minutes capped a fine outing for Jean-Paul De Marigny's side, who are now seventh.

In Friday's earlier game, Wellington Phoenix claimed a 2-0 win over Western United to climb into third in the table.

Mark Rudan's side kept Wellington at bay thanks to goalkeeper Filip Kurto until Liberato Cacace steered a volley beyond his reach 29 minutes in.

David Ball finally made the points safe with a fine strike in the 90th minute straight from a clearance from goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic, leaving United with plenty to consider having failed to score a goal in February and with only one win from eight matches.

Mohamed Toure became the youngest goalscorer in A-League history as the 15-year-old wrapped up a 2-0 win for Adelaide United against Central Coast Mariners.

Toure this week signed a three-year scholarship contract with Adelaide and showed he could have a big future with a lively appearance off the bench.

His goal owed plenty to stellar work from team-mate Riley McGree, who burst from midfield and dashed down the left before delivering a low cross to the teenage striker.

Toure cracked the ball high into the net for his 84th-minute strike, having only come on seven minutes earlier, and tore off his shirt as he sprinted away in celebration.

That strike followed swiftly on from George Blackwood's excellent opener, and stole much of that goal's thunder.

Blackwood's 22-yard strike in the 82nd minute was sublime though, the striker collecting a short pass from McGree and curling a shot into the top right corner.

He celebrated by holding up the number 16 shirt of team-mate Nathan Konstandopoulos, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

Long after the final whistle, history-maker Toure was signing autographs and posing for pictures with young supporters.

He revealed what coach Gertjan Verbeek told him as he prepared to enter the action, saying: "He said, 'Come on, do your thing down the wing to get us a goal', and I think I tried my best to get the team 2-0 up."

The youngster's brother Al Hassan Toure is also an Adelaide player, although the 19-year-old missed Friday's game due to injury.

Al Hassan said of his younger brother: "We always knew he had it in him. Our dad has taught us well, always to have a strong mind and play how you want and not how they've been brought up to play in Australia. He's been telling us to play how we feel and that's how we've been doing.

"I told him [Mohamed] to keep a cool head because football is ups and downs, you might be up one day and then you're down, and you always have to learn from your experiences. But he's shown that he can play in this league and he's good enough. A couple more years of experience and he'll be a good player."

McGree, speaking on Fox Sports, said of Toure: "He's young, he's eager, he's keen, he's confident, and that's great to see."

Tom Aldred scored the winner with his first A-League goal as Brisbane Roar came from behind to end Adelaide United's three-game winning run with a 2-1 victory at a sodden Suncorp Stadium.

After a fiery but goalless first half, Ben Halloran put Adelaide ahead against his former club by superbly picking out the bottom-left corner from outside the area after a shot had deflected into his path.

With 22 minutes remaining, a scrappy equaliser after some frantic Adelaide blocks got Brisbane level, with substitute Mirza Muratovic eventually finding the top corner after a goalmouth scramble.

The winner arrived in the 74th minute, as a great move from a corner led to Scott McDonald's delivery finding captain Aldred, who headed home at the back post to move his side up to sixth in the table, one place and two points behind Adelaide.

Saturday's contest came after the derby match between leaders Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers had been called off due to torrential rain.

Ben Halloran scored twice as Adelaide United swept aside second-place Melbourne City 3-1 in the A-League on Saturday.

Halloran opened the scoring in the 12th minute, lashing home from 10 yards after Craig Noone had made a mess of an attempted clearance.

Noone made amends four minutes later, however, powering a left-foot effort from 12 yards past Paul Izzo to draw the visitors level.

Halloran restored the hosts' advantage four minutes before the interval, heading home at the back post from a corner, while George Blackwood made it three in first-half stoppage time with a thunderous header from six yards.

City's misery was compounded 14 minutes from time when Harrison Delbridge received a third red card of the campaign for an ugly challenge on Nikola Mileusnic.

The result moves Adelaide up to fifth, while City remain 13 points behind leaders Sydney FC, who have a game in hand.

Perth Glory are a point behind City after a last-gasp 2-2 draw with Melbourne Victory at HBF Park.

The visitors forged ahead in the 22nd minute when Ola Toivonen whipped into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Bruno Fornaroli pulled the hosts level in first-half injury time with a low free-kick from 20 yards, but Andrew Nabbout restored Victory's lead shortly before the hour mark courtesy of a cool finish from a quick break.

Nicholas D'Agostino ensured a share of the spoils, though, hammering home a header from six yards in the 90th minute.

The result leaves Victory in in eighth place on 16 points, six ahead of rock-bottom Newcastle Jets, who drew 0-0 with Western United in the day's other game.

Substitute Nathan Konstandopoulos struck late to give Adelaide United a thrilling 4-3 victory over Western United in Besart Berisha's 200th A-League appearance on Sunday.

Berisha, the competition's all-time leading scorer, marked the occasion with a first-half brace but Mark Rudan's men ran out of legs after a stirring comeback.

Three goals were scored inside a blistering first 15 minutes at Whitten Oval, hosting an A-League fixture for the first time, as Nikola Mileusnic netted either side of a clinical Berisha finish.

Riley McGree extended Adelaide's advantage with his eighth goal of the season in the 18th minute, only for 34-year-old striker Berisha to halve the deficit when he turned home Connor Pain's cross just before the interval.

The home fans were on their feet again in the 54th minute, Alessandro Diamanti curling beyond Paul Izzo to equalise.

But there was another twist to come in a rollercoaster encounter as midfielder Konstandopoulos stepped off the bench and guided a classy effort in off the upright in the 79th minute, his winner moving the Reds a point ahead of sixth-placed Western United.

Adelaide United beat Melbourne Victory 1-0 on Friday to end their four-match losing streak in the A-League.

A first-half goal from Ben Halloran was enough to give the home side all three points at Coopers Stadium.

In their first game since head coach Marco Kurz was sacked and replaced by interim boss Carlos Perez Salvachua, Victory were left to rue missed opportunities as they dropped down to seventh in the table, with Adelaide climbing to fifth.

Victory saw a penalty overturned by VAR after Jordan Elsey was initially penalised for handball, and the first half got worse 32 minutes in when Halloran bundled the ball in at the back post after goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas failed to hold Riley McGree's effort.

Andrew Nabbout fired narrowly wide and Paul Izzo produced three fine saves to keep Victory at bay, before only the woodwork denied Nikola Mileusnic a second for Adelaide.

Melbourne City twice hit back to earn a draw at Brisbane Roar in the A-League on Saturday.

Bradden Inman opened the scoring for the hosts after 34 minutes and again put the Queenslanders in front following Craig Noone's leveller.

But Nathaniel Atkinson fired in a wonderful, 20-yard equaliser three minutes into the second half to move Melbourne 11 points behind runaway leaders Sydney FC.

Third-placed Perth Glory registered their fifth successive win with a convincing 3-0 defeat of Adelaide United.

Joel Chianese opened the scoring with a lovely turn and finish after 25 minutes and Bruno Fornaroli doubled the Glory's advantage with a shot that deflected in off visiting skipper Michael Jakobsen.

Substitute Chris Ikonomidis rounded off the scoring by getting the better of Adelaide goalkeeper Paul Izzo and tapping into an empty net midway through the second half.

Wellington Phoenix are fourth with goals from Ulises Davila and Liberato Cacace giving them a 2-0 win over Western Sydney.

Paulo Retre scored a first-half brace as Sydney FC held on to beat Adelaide United 2-1 and move nine points clear at the top of the A-League table.

In the week that he signed a contract extension with the league leaders, Retre's double put Sydney in command at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium before Riley McGree pulled one back.

Adelaide are without a win in 11 league meetings with Sydney but came close to opening the scoring five minutes in when Ryan Strain hit the post with an impressive strike.

The hosts, who had their advantage cut to six points following Melbourne City's narrow win over Western United on Friday, grew into the match and scored a quickfire double. 

Paul Izzo saved Harry Van der Saag's header but the ball fell invitingly for Retre to steer in, and the midfielder scored a second six minutes later with a low shot from 18 yards.

McGree, returning from a month out, got the final touch to James Troisi's cross to reduce the arrears before half-time, but the visitors could not find a leveller after the interval. 

Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast Mariners 2-1 at Sky Stadium in Saturday's other A-League clash to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches.

English strikers Gary Hooper and David Ball gave the hosts a two-goal lead, but Luke DeVere scored an own goal and Wellington required Stefan Marinovic to produce a fine save to preserve the three points.

George Blackwood missed a 99th-minute penalty as Western Sydney Wanderers held on to beat Adelaide United 3-2 and snap a seven-game winless run in the A-League.

The Wanderers conceded late on to draw with Western United last week and looked set to do likewise in Friday's clash at Coopers Stadium.

Mohamed Adam added to Nicolai Muller's headed double to give the visitors a 3-1 lead, but Blackwood converted from the spot 94 minutes in and had a chance to snatch a point even deeper into stoppage time.

The Adelaide midfielder blazed over the bar with his next attempt from 12 yards, though, as Wanderers edged a dramatic contest that threatened to boil over a number of times.

Muller reacted quickest to head Adam's deflected cross past Paul Izzo against the run of play, but Al Hassan Toure equalised eight minutes later with a close-range finish.

Tempers frayed a number of times in the first half but Muller kept his cool to send a sublime looping header into the far corner with just under an hour played.

Adam then beat Daniel Lopar at the second time of asking before Blackwood converted from the spot after VAR intervened following a foul on Toure, setting up a thrilling finale.

The Wanderers had not won since October 26 and their winless streak looked set to continue when VAR adjudged Daniel Georgievski handled the ball in the box, a decision that led to the defender storming off the field in protest.

But they were given a reprieve as Blackwood fired the spot-kick over the crossbar deep into stoppage time.

Central Coast Mariners climbed off the foot of the A-League table with a deserved 2-1 home win over Adelaide United on Sunday.

Kye Rowles and Milan Duric scored first-half goals to lift Alen Stajcic's side above Brisbane Roar and bitter rivals Newcastle Jets, who will spend Christmas Day in last place.

Centre-back Rowles swept Central Coast into a surprise fourth-minute lead after Adelaide, aiming to avoid a second defeat in three games, failed to clear a free-kick.

Serbian midfielder Duric doubled the margin with a thumping low strike shortly before the break, the goal his fourth in eight appearances.

Ben Halloran curled a delightful left-footed finish inside the far post to halve the deficit just 36 seconds after the restart, but that proved a mere consolation for Adelaide.

The Reds remain fifth ahead of Friday's home game against Western Sydney Wanderers, while the Mariners will take renewed optimism into their New Year's Eve meeting with Perth Glory.

Besart Berisha came back to haunt his former employers Melbourne Victory as he scored a brace in Western United's 3-1 derby success.

The 34-year-old striker - the only man to have scored over 100 times in the A-League - spent four goal-laden seasons with Victory before leaving in 2018.

Berisha's former club took the lead 14 minutes in on Sunday, Andrew Nabbout running into the box down the right and arrowing a finish into the far corner following a counter.

Yet Victory were served a reminder of their former striker's quality three minutes later as Berisha met a near-post Connor Pain cross with a flicked header for United's first goal in 319 minutes.

Panagiotis Kone turned home Alessandro Diamanti's free-kick in the 24th minute to put United ahead and though James Donachie came close to equalising when he hit the bar, Berisha headed in his second, and 120th A-League goal, before half-time to seal a 3-1 victory.

Adelaide United got back on track as James Troisi scored an 83rd-minute winner in a 2-1 home victory over Newcastle Jets.

The hosts had won four A-League games in a row before losing 2-1 to Wellington Phoenix last time out, though they were ahead at the break when George Blackwood applied the finish following excellent work from teenager Al Hassan Toure.

Matthew Millar headed Newcastle level just after the resumption but Troisi beat two defenders before rolling home past Glen Moss to earn three points for third-placed Adelaide.

Wellington Phoenix profited from a contentious penalty as they came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Adelaide United on Sunday.

Liberato Cacace went down under the barest of touches from George Blackwood and referee Adam Fielding pointed to the spot, enabling Ulises Davila to convert the 71st-minute winner.

A VAR review cleared the decision as Wellington took a decisive lead four minutes after David Ball got their equaliser, the English striker having squeezed a shot through Paul Izzo.

Though underwhelming for much of the match, Adelaide had looked set to snatch all three points thanks to Nikola Mileusnic's superb sliced volley after half-time.

But the Reds were trailing within 15 minutes and failed to deny Ufuk Talay's team a second successive win, which lifts Wellington off the foot of the A-League table.

Third-placed Adelaide are six points adrift of new leaders Sydney FC, who claimed a clinical 2-0 triumph on the road against Western United.

Adam Le Fondre netted both goals from Alexander Baumjohann assists to lead Steve Corica's men two points clear of Melbourne City.

The diminutive striker headed in a 27th-minute corner and completed the scoring following a fast break in first-half stoppage time.

United attempted 22 shots in total but have now failed to score amid a three-game losing streak.

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