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By ESPN Staff

Melbourne open up 12-point lead in A-League

SYDNEY, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Melbourne extended their lead at the top of the Australian A-League to 12 points after beating Queensland 2-0 as their nearest rivals Adelaide lost 2-1 to Sydney.

An own goal by Queensland defender Andrew Packer in the 18th minutes gave Melbourne the lead before striker Archie Thompson sealed the result early in the second half when he caught the defence napping and lifted the ball over the head of keeper Liam Reddy.

Melbourne's 11th win from 13 matches this season lifted them further clear at the head of the standings on 34 points, followed by Adelaide on 22, Sydney on 20 and Queensland on 16.

Sydney, the reigning A-League champions, won their second straight match to provide coach Terry Butcher with some much-needed breathing space after threats to sack him.

Adelaide opened the scoring when their captain Ross Aloisi scored after just fve minutes, but Sydney equalised through a Ufuk Talay penalty before skipper Mark Rudan struck the winner.

Central Coast Mariners jumped up to fifth place, level on points with Queensland, following a 2-0 victory over Auckland.

After a scoreless first half, Damian Mori broke the deadlock in the 65th minute to register his sixth goal of the season before substitute Nik Mrdja sealed the result from a free kick in injury time.

A late goal to substitute Luka Glavas handed Perth a 2-1 victory over Newcastle Jets.

With the score locked at 1-1 and only seconds remaining in injury time, Glavas beat Newcaslte keeper Ben Kennedy in front of goal for Perth's first win since round seven.

Perth captain Jamie Harnwell scored in the first half but Newcastle equalised with a Nicky Carle penalty in the 77th minute before Glavas' last-gasp strike.