Brisbane Roar ended their goal drought in stunning style to deliver boss Robbie Fowler a breakthrough A-League win in a 4-3 triumph over Melbourne City.

Roy O'Donovan converted his second penalty to complete a match-turning hat-trick in the 83rd minute as Brisbane twice recovered from two-goal deficits at Dolphin Stadium in Redcliffe.

The fit-again Jamie Maclaren had fired City two goals clear in the first half and finished the match with a treble of his own by heading home a cross a mere minute after O'Donovan's first.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway hit back on the hour and then went down under Rostyn Griffiths' challenge, enabling O'Donovan to drag Roar level with 26 minutes remaining.

There was time left for the Irish striker to convert another spot-kick following Denis Genreau's handball, securing head coach Fowler a first win in charge of the Queensland club.

City's collapse leaves the leaders a point above Sydney FC, who earned Big Blue bragging rights with a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Melbourne Victory at Jubilee Stadium.

Adam Le Fondre cancelled out Ola Toivonen's first-half header before Kosta Barbarouses drove the dagger into the club he left at the end of last season.

The new Sydney signing prodded in the winner in the 68th minute to pile the pressure on Victory boss Marco Kurz, who has presided over a solitary win from six games this term.

Brisbane Roar remain winless in four A-League matches under Robbie Fowler after slipping to a late 1-0 defeat at Adelaide United on Sunday.

The visitors squandered several chances at Coopers Stadium and were made to rue their profligacy in the 84th minute.

James Troisi completed a tidy one-two with Nikola Mileusnic before squaring for Riley McGree to prod home the winner.

Adelaide are now up to fifth, while Brisbane are languishing in ninth with just two points and a single goal to show for their efforts.

Melbourne Victory's malaise continued in the day's early match as they escaped with a 1-1 draw against bottom-placed Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park.

Marco Kurz's men have struggled to meet expectations this season and needed a composed Ola Toivonen finish in the 66th minute to claim a point, their fifth from as many matches.

The Victory captain had been the cause of his team's early deficit, having been punished for a handball in the box following a VAR review.

Ulises Davila converted the fifth-minute penalty and Wellington would have had a second goal to celebrate had Lawrence Thomas not acrobatically denied Alex Rufer late in the second half.

Western United rallied back from an early two-goal deficit to claim a memorable 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

The A-League's newest club appeared destined to lose to a Melbourne rival for the second match in succession when Kristijan Dobras scored a mere 84 seconds after Ola Toivonen's classy sixth-minute opener.

But marquee signing Alessandro Diamanti quickly laid the foundation for the fightback with an excellent left-footed finish and the visitors were level inside a frantic opening half-hour, James Donachie turning into his own net under pressure from former Victory favourite Besart Berisha.

Mark Rudan's men carried the momentum into the interval and Scott McDonald supplied the winner fewer than five minutes after the game resumed, the ex-Australia international making space in the box for a deflected effort that deceived Lawrence Thomas.

Goals proved more elusive in the earlier match as Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar settled for a 0-0 draw at Bankwest Stadium.

In-form Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Lopar made several good stops to frustrate Brisbane, who squandered more than enough chances to deliver boss Robbie Fowler a first A-League victory.

The stalemate keeps Western Sydney a point clear at the top, although they could slide to second if Melbourne City beat Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.


Andrew Nabbout's first-half effort proved to be enough to secure Melbourne Victory a 1-0 away win against Robbie Fowler's Brisbane Roar on Friday.

Nabbout took down a long ball and beat the recovering Macaulay Gillesphey before stabbing past Max Crocombe with 19 minutes played in what proved to be the only goal of the game.

The scorer went off clutching his hamstring before half-time and neither side could replicate his clinical finishing as chances went begging at either end.

Roar's Roy O'Donovan was guilty of one particularly incredible miss 25 minutes from time, blazing over a gaping goal from Jay O'Shea's cutback.

Victory could and perhaps should have then set up a comfortable finish as captain Ola Toivonen struck the post with a free-kick and substitute Kenny Athiu - Nabbout's replacement - saw a dinked effort cleared off the goal line.

But despite playing seven minutes of stoppage time, the visitors would not be punished for those misses and held on for a fourth consecutive win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Alexander Meier's excellent first A-League goal and a Keanu Baccus stunner helped Western Sydney Wanderers to a 2-1 upset of Melbourne Victory at Marvel Stadium on Friday.

The superb second-half finishes arrived within eight minutes of each other and secured Markus Babbel's men a second successive win following last weekend's narrow defeat of Central Coast Mariners.

Ola Toivonen's penalty halved the deficit 18 minutes from time but the damage was done for Victory, who laboured to a derby draw against Melbourne City in their season opener.

Matthew Jurman headed against the post and chances were wasted at either end before midfielder Baccus made the breakthrough in the 54th minute with a brilliant first-time strike into the top-left corner.

Western Sydney were soon celebrating a fine second courtesy of September signing Meier, as the former Eintracht Frankfurt forward deftly lobbed Lawrence Thomas from outside the box following a mix-up between the goalkeeper and right-back Storm Roux.

Toivonen gave Victory a lifeline from the spot after Kenny Athiu's header struck Dylan McGowan's outstretched arm, but the visitors held on to lay down a marker ahead of next weekend's blockbuster game against bitter rivals Sydney FC.

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