Sydney stun Victory to take A-League lead
Sydney FC rocked fierce Australian A-League rivals Melbourne Victory with three goals in five minutes to cement their status as title favourites this weekend.
Coach Vitezslav Lavicka's side won 3-0 in Melbourne to claim a two-point lead at the top of the standings after ten rounds. A brace from Mark Bridge and an Alex Brosque strike in a devastating early spell consigned defending champions Melbourne to their biggest home defeat in front of the season's biggest crowd of 30,668.
Newcomers Gold Coast United ended a four-game winless run to claim second spot with a 1-0 away success over Brisbane Roar, a solitary Joel Porter effort in the 31st minute enough to seal a double over their local rivals.
Indeed, it was a day to forget for Brisbane with their coach Frank Farina suspended indefinitely by the club just before kick-off after confirmation of his second drink-driving charge.
Dutchman Victor Sikora's 80th-minute winner eased Perth Glory to third spot with a 1-0 home triumph over Adelaide United in a feisty game which featured pushing and shoving between opposing players as they left the field at half-time.
Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler provided a pinpoint corner for strike partner Daniel McBreen to head a 75th-minute equaliser for North Queensland Fury in their 1-1 draw with Central Coast in Gosford.
Matt Simon's goal after just 14 seconds looked to have the Mariners coasting towards victory before McBreen's late intervention - the third time in four matches the Fury had come from a goal down to earn a draw.
"That fact that we've not lost again shows that we're out there fighting for each other," said Fury captain Fowler. "We're not kidding ourselves, we'd like to turn these draws into wins. But if you can't get wins then the next best things is getting draws."
Wellington Phoenix's home match with Newcastle Jets was postponed until November 4 to cater for New Zealand's FIFA World Cup™ qualifying play-off against Bahrain.