Perth Glory beat Brisbane Roar 6-3, Sydney derby ends in draw
Perth Glory beat Brisbane Roar 6-3 at nib Stadium as the visitors lost top spot in the A-League.
In a thrilling first half, Andy Keogh gave the Glory the lead on five minutes before Jamie Maclaren and Dimitri Petratos, from the penalty spot, put the Roar 2-1 up.
Chris Harold equalised on 32 minutes before Jade North netted at the other end on 35 minutes, but parity was restored by Nebojsa Marinkovic on 38 minutes, and Shane Lowry gave the Glory a 4-3 lead shortly before half-time.
Diego Castro's penalty after the break and a late goal from Richard Garcia made it 6-3 as the Roar ceded top spot to Western Sydney Wanderers on goal difference.
Western Sydney Wanderers are winless in seven straight Sydney derbies after Tony Popovic's men failed to capitalise on an early lead to draw 1-1 with bogey team Sydney FC.
The Wanderers scored two goals at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night but took only one point from the thrilling affair after Scott Jamieson inadvertently put one into the wrong net.
Dario Vidosic's opener was at least enough to ensure the visitors did not fall to their cross-town rivals for a third time this season, and though the sold-out crowd of 40,382 was well behaved and flare-free, neither side could reward their chanting faithful.
The Wanderers took early possession, persistently sneaking in behind beefy Sydney centre-backs Matt Jurman and Jacques Faty. Vidosic made bursting runs forward into space with a drive and precision that rendered his perfectly executed opener scarcely surprising, in a goal spun from fluid teamwork as much as individual class.
The equaliser came when Alex Brosque to backheeled towards goal, only for it to catch Jamieson on the way into the back corner of his own net.
Two quality finishes from former Denmark international Morten Nordstrand in his first starting effort for Newcastle Jets secured a 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium.
The 32-year-old scored in the 53rd and 73rd minutes, his first goals for Newcastle in his fourth appearance, as the Jets fought back from a 2-1 deficit at half-time on Saturday in the round-20 game.
Wellington led thanks to a double from striker Hamish Watson, who left his side a man down from the 71st minute after a second yellow card. His first, in the 42nd minute, was for a foul on Daniel Mullen and his second was for kicking the ball away at a Jets free-kick.
Nordstrand made the Phoenix pay two minutes later when he scored with a low strike after a one-two exchange with Enver Alivodic put him close to goal. Earlier Nordstrand produced a class strike for the equaliser. After a ball from Leonardo gave him room just inside the 18-yard box, the Dane curled his right-foot shot inside the far post.
Information from the Australian Associated Press was used in this report.