Melbourne Victory move top

Danny Allsopp led Melbourne Victory to their first victory of the A-League season, and to the top of the table, with a dramatic 4-2 away win over Wellington Phoenix.

Allsopp scored two goals in the first half to give his side a 2-1 lead, despite striker Shane Smeltz scoring an equaliser for the home side. Three minutes into the second half, it was 3-1 when Ney Fabiano scored after a Kevin Muscat pass.

Both sides then scored from penalties in quick succession, the Phoenix pulling one goal back through Smeltz, before Muscat replied from the spot almost immediately to seal the win. With a win and a draw, the Victory have four points from two games, as do Adelaide United and Sydney FC.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Queensland Roar fought out a 1-1 draw with Adelaide. The Roar dominated general play and created plenty of scoring chances, but it was United who took the early lead after a Travis Dodd penalty eight minutes in.

Scotsman Charlie Miller equalised in the 47th minute, but the Roar just couldn't find the winner despite several shots on goal. Sydney FC notched a thrilling 3-2 win over the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

A superb free kick that snuck inside the near post in the 81st minute by Shannon Cole snatched the win for Sydney, who had been down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes after Stuart Musialik was sent off for a foul on Brad Porter.

On Friday, Perth Glory were left fuming after an injury time equaliser enabled Newcastle to snatch a 3-3 draw. Glory coach Dave Mitchell slammed the referee after the match for allowing injury time to go on for too long, a contentious first half penalty to the Jets also raising his ire.

The Glory looked set to win when striker Nikita Rukavytsya put them 3-2 ahead in the 81st minute, but four minutes into injury time Jade North scrambled the equaliser to deny Perth their first win of the season.