Scott McDonald's close-range effort during first-half stoppage time proved the difference as Brisbane Roar claimed a 1-0 A-League win over Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

Bottom club Central Coast belied a run of consecutive losses that now stands at nine with an enterprising start to the contest, with Jordan Murray putting their best chance over the bar when under close attention from Aiden O'Neill.

The Roar grew into the contest and McDonald edged them ahead thanks to a VAR review, which showed Brad Inman had been incorrectly flagged offside when supplying the assist.

Robbie Fowler's Final Series aspirants move up to fourth in the table, two points above Perth Glory having played two games more.

Scott McDonald scored his first A-League goals since November as Brisbane Roar beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 at home on Friday, ending the visitors' recent resurgence.

Wanderers went into Friday unbeaten in four and with three victories in that time, boosting their hopes of a top-six spot, but the Roar continued their unbeaten 2020 home form, making it three wins from five in front of their own fans.

McDonald, who joined the Roar in January from Western United, opened his account for the club after just three minutes, turning in from the centre of the box after Macaulay Gillesphey's free-kick delivery.

The striker made it 2-0 just before half-time, reaching Bradden Inman's deflected cross to tap in – VAR overturning an initial offside call.

Mitchell Duke pulled one back in the 54th minute, scoring for a fifth successive A-League game with a crisp finish into the bottom-left corner on the break, but Jay O'Shea wrapped up a comfortable Roar win from the spot after Matthew Jurman's clumsy foul on Inman.

Defeat means the Wanderers trail sixth-placed Adelaide United by three points, but they came increase the gap on Saturday when they face Western.

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.

 

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