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.


Jamie Maclaren completed a decisive brace in the 85th minute to lead 10-man Melbourne City to a 2-1 win over Western United on Sunday.

The free-scoring Socceroos striker raced in behind and lashed an unerring finish across Filip Kurto to snatch all three points close to full-time at GMHBA Stadium.

City had looked to be battling for no more than a draw following Harrison Delbridge's dismissal, the defender shown a second yellow in the 64th minute for handling the ball as he lunged in on Besart Berisha in the box.

Berisha converted the resultant penalty but, having opened the scoring in the first half, Maclaren continued his electric form with a third goal in two games this season to inflict a maiden A-League defeat on Mark Rudan's men.

Bruno Fornaroli's first Perth Glory goal earlier helped last season's Premiers to a comfortable 2-1 victory away to Wellington Phoenix.

The Uruguayan stabbed in an 11th-minute opener following Diego Castro's mazy dribble and the pair were involved in constructing the second for Chris Ikonomidis before the break.

Dino Djulbic's foul on debutant Gary Hooper enabled Ulises Davila to grab a consolation from the spot in second-half stoppage time, but Wellington were left at the foot of the table after three defeats from three matches.

Dimitri Petratos converted a penalty at the second attempt to earn Newcastle Jets a 1-1 draw with rivals Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

Mark Birighitti saved the Australia international's initial spot-kick following Giancarlo Gallifuoco's handball, but a VAR review revealed the goalkeeper had moved off his line.

Petratos duly dispatched the retake, drawing the Jets level in the 56th minute and forcing a share of the spoils in Gosford.

Milan Duric had given the Mariners a fourth-minute lead with a well-judged volley and almost snatched all three points near the end of normal time, the midfielder driving a low effort into the base of the upright.

There was an identical scoreline in the early game as Perth Glory denied Western United a win in their first A-League home match.

Perth's away kits were misplaced en route to Geelong, forcing them to don their training shirts, but last season's Premiers at least headed back to Western Australia with a second successive draw thanks to Kristian Popovic, the teenage son of head coach Tony.

The 18-year-old ghosted to the far post to nod in Neil Kilkenny's cross in the 76th minute, his header cancelling out the sublime Panagiotis Kone strike that had given Mark Rudan's men the lead four minutes after the interval.

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