Sydney tie with Roar, Mariners rout Glory
Defending A-League champions Sydney FC failed to follow up their first win of the season last weekend as they drew 1-1 with second-placed Brisbane Roar at Sydney Football Stadium.
Luke De Vere gave Brisbane the lead in the seventh minute when he headed home from Thomas Broich's corner. The visitors then dominated possession and it seemed only a matter of time before they would grab a second.
But 11 minutes before the break Sydney equalised after a defensive error allowed Alex Brosque to go through on goal and stab the ball beyond Michael Theoklitos. The draw for Brisbane means they are two points behind leaders Adelaide United while Sydney remain bottom.
"We didn't play well in the first half and I wasn't really happy the way we went about things," Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said. "There was improvement in the second half and we had enough chances to win the game.
"To Sydney's credit they worked hard and played well, but we needed a little more composure in front of goal."
In the day's other game, Central Coast Mariners condemned Perth Glory to a sixth successive defeat with a 5-0 rout at Bluetongue Stadium.
Royston Griffiths gave the hosts the lead after 37 minutes before Matt Simon added a second on the hour. The Mariners then ran riot in the final 12 minutes with Adam Kwasnik, Matt Lewis and a Naum Sekulovski own goal completing the scoring.