Melbourne Heart won 2-1 at Gold Coast United to climb third in the A-League and inflict a club-record third successive defeat on their rock-bottom opponents. Matt Thompson and Jonathan Germano both scored their first goal of the season to earn John van 't Schip’s side the Round 7 victory.
Heart were without Mate Dugandzic, Aziz Behich and Jason Hoffman, who were on Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 qualifying duty with Australia. However, one of the beneficiaries of the absences helped them get off to a superb start.
With just four minutes gone, Dutch winger Rutger Worm - making his first appearance of the season - did brilliantly down the right and crossed for Thompson to fire past goalkeeper Glen Moss.
One of United’s own Dutchmen ran the show for the remainer of the half, though. Maceo Rigters thumped a 13th-mniute strike against the crossbar, and created a number of opportunities for his team-mates, two of which were missed by Brazilian forward Maycon.
Melbourne were, on the balance on play, fortunate to go in at the interval all square, but just after the hour Gold Coast did equalise. Rigters employed his nimble footwork to earn the hosts a free-kick, and his compatriot Peter Jungschlager unleashed it straight through the wall and in off the post.
United probed for a winner thereafter. Heart found it. Thompson masterfully dinked the ball into the path of Germano, and the 23-year-old Argentinian chipped it over Moss to restore his side’s lead.
The goal appeared to recede the hosts’ desire, and following little further goalmouth action, Miron Bleiberg’s charges were booed off at full-time. Heart, meanwhile, were left to celebrate making it five matches unbeaten.
Leaders Brisbane Roar will defend the A-League's only undefeated record at Newcastle Jets tomorrow, while second-placed Sydney FC host Central Coast Mariners.