Queensland Roar climbed to third place in Australia's A-League with an injury-time winner over defending champions Newcastle Jets on Sunday. It was the Roar's Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk who broke the deadlock with a rasping volley off a Danny Tiatto cross to seal a 2-1 win in the 91st minute of a free-flowing game in Brisbane. Adelaide United, in Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup, remained on top of the table ahead of Melbourne Victory, whose postponed encounter with Adelaide has been rescheduled to 6 January.
Newcastle, who are having a horror season in defence of their title, remained in last place, while Queensland are flourishing under a youth policy employed by the club's former national coach Frank Farina. Central Coast Mariners, one of Australia's hopes in next year's AFC Champions League, moved to fourth place with an injury-time penalty win over Sydney FC on Saturday.
Midfielder Mile Jedinak's last-ditch spot kick earned the Mariners a 2-1 victory over Sydney at home after Sydney captain Iain Fyfe had hacked down Dylan MacAllister. Sydney's former international striker John Aloisi equalised an early MacAllister strike with a 65th-minute penalty after being brought down by Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic. Vukovic saved Aloisi's first kick but the referee ordered the spot-kick to be retaken after defender Pedj Bojic had encroached into the box.
Wellington Phoenix continued their push for a finals spot when they forced a 1-1 draw at home with Perth Glory on Saturday. Perth's Côte d'Ivoire striker Eugene Dadi lashed home a volley in the 76th minute only for it to be cancelled out by midfielder Tim Brown with seven minutes remaining. The Phoenix came close to the winner several times late on with a Leo Bertos thunderbolt parried on to the crossbar by Perth goalkeeper Tando Velaphi a standout.