Dadi knocks Melbourne off top
Two great pieces of finishing from Ivory Coast striker Eugene Dadi knocked Melbourne Victory off the top of Australia's A-League and clinched a 3-2 win for Perth Glory on Sunday. Melbourne's loss enabled AFC Champions League finalists Adelaide United to go back to the top of the league by one point with a game in hand.
The dreadlocked Dadi cancelled out Daniel Allsopp's third-minute opener with a thumping header in the 32nd minute and grabbed the winner 14 minutes from time with a lunging volley off a free kick. Perth's other goal came from FC Twente-bound striker Nikita Rukavytsya after he was set free on goal by hustling from former Dutch international midfielder Victor Sikora in the 36th minute.
Adelaide United regained the competition lead with a 2-0 win over fallen champions Newcastle Jets at home on Friday. Midfielder Fabian Barbiero netted his first A-League goal midway through the first half and set up Lucas Pantelis for the sealer in the 74th minute.
Adelaide can widen their lead to four points if they can beat Queensland Roar at home in a rescheduled game on Wednesday. Queensland are in third place, four points behind Adelaide, after downing Central Coast Mariners in a 4-3 thriller in Gosford on Saturday.
A double from Dutchman Sergio van Dijk and a classy finish from the impressive Tahj Minniecon put Queensland in control, before Pedj Bojic's own goal sealed the points for the Roar, who maintained their unbeaten record in Gosford. A late strike from Matt Simon -- his second goal of the game -- made it a nervous final 10 minutes for the Roar but they managed to hold off a late charge from the Mariners.
Sydney FC's season remains bleak but the long-term future looks much brighter after Sunday's 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at the Sydney Football Stadium. Ghana-born 17-year-old Kofi Danning, in just his second A-League appearance, scored in the 85th minute to end Sydney's four-game losing streak and leave coach John Kosmina believing they can still sneak into the playoffs.
Phoenix now face a difficult assignment to reach their maiden finals series and are three points outside the top four, but also face top two Adelaide and Melbourne in their final two games.