Teenager Tomas Rogic again showed his class with a spectacular second-half strike as the Central Coast Mariners returned to winning ways with a 2-0 A-League victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.
Rogic, who scored his first goal in Mariners colours against Melbourne Victory last week, highlighted his potential when he fired home a perfectly-placed shot from the edge of the area in the 52nd minute.
The 19-year-old picked up a loose ball, took a touch and then unleashed a curling left-footed effort that left Wellington goalkeeper Mark Paston with no chance.
The top-of-the-table Mariners sealed the points when central defender Patrick Zwaanswijk headed home a Michael McGlinchey free-kick in the 83rd minute.
Second-placed Brisbane claimed a 3-2 win over the Melbourne Victory in an end-to-end battle at Suncorp Stadium that featured doubles for Besart Berisha and Harry Kewell.
A comfortable 3-1 half-time lead for the Roar was followed by a nervous second half, when Kewell continued a stand-out performance with a second clinical finish in the 50th minute.
Carlos Hernandez rattled the Roar's crossbar with a volley from 25 yards out in the final quarter of play, but in the end Berisha's brace and a penalty from Henrique - all in the first-half - saw the hosts through to their third straight triumph.
Perth Glory gave their finals hopes a big boost - and dealt the Newcastle Jets a significant blow - with a 2-0 win at nib Stadium.
Substitute Adam Hughes gave Perth the lead after 16 minutes but his side wasted several other opportunities - while twice hitting the woodwork - to extend their advantage in a first half they controlled.
But the Glory were finally rewarded for their dominance when Billy Mehmet scored in the 59th minute to lift Ian Ferguson's side up to third spot at the expense of Wellington.