Central Coast Mariners moved level on points with A-League leaders Brisbane Roar thanks to a 2-0 victory over fierce rivals Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.
In a performance that delighted the 10,643 home fans, the Mariners led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a 25th-minute Rostyn Griffiths strike, and they sealed the points when Matt Simon netted his fourth goal of the season just before the hour.
The lead was twice very nearly extended towards the end but the Jets were saved by the woodwork.
Bernie Ibini smashed a first-time shot against the bar following a good run and cross from Joshua Rose in the 65th minute and then, with time almost up, substitute Daniel McBreen saw his header also crash against the bar.
The win meant the Mariners have now gone seven matches without defeat, picking up 19 out of a possible 21 points.
Three points for Phoenix
Elsewhere, a late Ben Sigmund header earned Wellington Phoenix a 1-0 triumph over Perth Glory. The winner in the 85th minute was the only bright spot in an otherwise scrappy and often ill-tempered encounter at Westpac Stadium, where chances for either side were few and far between.
Phoenix finished the match with ten men after substitute Mirjan Pavlovic was sent off deep into stoppage time for cynically tackling Steve Pantelidis from behind.
Finally, Fabian Barbiero snatched an 82nd-minute equaliser as Adelaide United secured a 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.
Victory looked set to take home all three points after Archie Thompson grabbed his fourth goal of the campaign just before the hour, but it was not to be as Barbiero ensured Mehmet Durakovic's men failed to hold a lead for the fourth time in ten outings.