Victory ease three points clear
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Melbourne Victory eased three points clear at the top of Australia's A-League with a 2-1 home victory over Central Coast Mariners this weekend. Socceroo striker Archie Thompson scored the winner as Melbourne chalked up their third straight win.

Thompson broke a 1-1 halftime deadlock when he slotted home after a well-timed run onto a Billy Celeski through-ball.

Defender Sasa Ognenovski headed home his first goal for Adelaide United in a 2-0 win over Sydney FC at Hindmarsh Stadium to reclaim second spot in the standings. He netted a pinpoint free kick from Brazilian Alemao seconds before halftime and United captain Travis Dodd made sure Adelaide snapped a four-match losing run, including the AFC Champions League final, with his sixth goal of the season in the 77th minute.

Sydney's task was made harder after Irish midfielder Terry McFlynn was sent off in the 60th minute for a second caution. Socceroo defender Craig Moore made a surprise return 12 days after having surgery for testicular cancer as Queensland Roar moved to third with a rousing 4-1 home win over bottom team Perth Glory.

Roar scored twice in first half injury time through a penalty by Dutchman Sergio van Dijk and Tahj Minniecon, before former Glasgow Rangers' midfielder Charlie Miller hit a terrific first-time volley and substitute Mitch Nicholls rounded off the scoring.

Reigning champions Newcastle Jets' problems deepened dramatically, with Socceroos Joel Griffiths and Mark Milligan sent off as the Jets slumped to a 2-0 defeat to the Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand on Sunday.

Two goals in the final 11 minutes to former AFC Wimbledon striker Shane Smeltz and former Jet Troy Hearfield settled the match for the Phoenix, who moved within sight of the top four with the win. Griffiths was sent off on 28 minutes for lashing out at Phoenix defender Karl Dodd and the Jets were reduced to nine men early in the second half when Milligan went for a studs-up challenge.