Fowler keeps Glory top, Adelaide unbeaten
Robbie Fowler hit the winning goal against Wellington Phoenix to ensure Perth Glory retained top spot in Australia's A-League with a 2-1 victory today. Perth remain unbeaten after five games and share top billing on 11 points with Adelaide United.
Mile Sterjovski's fifth-minute strike and Fowler's goal on the hour were enough to secure the points for Perth, although the home side endured a nervy final 20 minutes as Wellington launched a determined comeback.
Defender Ben Sigmund's header in the 72nd minute gave the Phoenix hope, and Wellington would have been on equal terms in the 82nd minute if not for an excellent save from Glory goalkeeper Tando Velaphi, blocking Englishman Chris Greenacre's close-range effort.
Adelaide, under Dutch coach Rini Coolen, also remain undefeated after their 3-1 win over champions Sydney FC.
Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk scored a double and young partner Matthew Leckie netted off a slick counter-attack before Sydney found the net through Swiss defender Stephan Keller midway through the second half.
Vitezslav Lavicka's Sydney are now without a victory in the opening five rounds, equalling their longest winless streak from season two under Englishman Terry Butcher.
Goals from Rostyn Griffiths and Daniel McBreen either side of half-time gave Central Coast Mariners a convincing 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at home on Friday to hold down third spot.
Unbeaten Brisbane Roar lie fourth after fighting out a scoreless draw with Newcastle Jets in Newcastle today.
New club Melbourne Heart bounced back from their heart-breaking late draw against Perth Glory last week to post their first A-League win - a 1-0 triumph at home to North Queensland Fury.