Heskey, Del Piero make the difference
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Goals from Ryan Griffiths and Emile Heskey helped the Newcastle Jets to a 2-1 A-League triumph over Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium today.

Griffiths gave the home side the lead after five minutes, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way after Michael McGlinchey was penalised for a clumsy challenge on Heskey.

The former England striker doubled his side's advantage on the hour mark after he tapped home from close range following good work from right winger James Virgili.

Bernie Ibini reduced the arrears ten minutes later from six yards and although the visitors piled on the pressure they could not find a leveller with Patrick Zwaanswijk's injury-time strike ruled out for offside.

Alessandro Del Piero's second-half strike was enough for Sydney FC to claim a 1-0 victory over city rivals Western Sydney Warriors.

Del Piero scored the winner in the 54th minute after his penalty was initially saved by Ante Covic, smashing the rebound into the roof of the net as Sydney won the first ever match between the two sides. The home side pushed for an equaliser but lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.