Perth Glory won away to Melbourne Victory for the first time to assume pole position in the A-League. Goals from Jamie Harnwell and Mile Sterjovsk in either half earned Dave Mitchell’s team a 2-0 success that took them on to four points from two games, and above North Queensland Fury on goal difference.
"It was going to be a tough task for us and the boys executed it brilliantly tonight,” said the Glory coach afterwards. “We worked through a lot of things and that paid off.”
The Fury were surprise 2-1 winners over reigning champions Sydney FC in a game that sprang into life with 25 minutes remaining, when Chris Payne, playing against his former employers, skipped past two challenges and fed Chris Grossman, who broke the deadlock with an assured finish.
Sydney pushed forward in search of an equaliser, which they got with nine minutes remaining when the unmarked Scott Jamieson headed home a Terry McFlynn cross.
The visitors’ lead only lasted two minutes, however, woth substitute Dyron Daal somehow finding space inside a crowded area and slotting home the winner.
Yesterday, Newcastle Jets were held a 1-1 stalemate at home by A-League newcomers Melbourne Heart, while Wellington Phoenix and Gold Coast United shared six goals under the pouring rain in New Zealand. Ricki Herbert’s men were two goals to the good with 15 minutes remaining, but Shane Smeltz’s second reduced the deficit before Jason Culina snatched GCU a point.