Burns pushes Asian Cup claims with winning brace
Nathan Burns pushed his claims for Socceroo selection in next month`s Asian Cup with a brace of goals to guide Wellington Phoenix to a 2-0 A-League win over Sydney FC on Sunday.
Sydney: Nathan Burns pushed his claims for Socceroo selection in next month`s Asian Cup with a brace of goals to guide Wellington Phoenix to a 2-0 A-League win over Sydney FC on Sunday.
The Phoenix leapfrogged Sydney into fourth spot on the standings with Burns continuing to impress as the leading A-League marksman with 10 goals.
His goals in the second half sealed the Phoenix`s sixth win of the season.
Rising star Danny De Silva scored a 25-yard wonder goal and Chris Harold scored a brace to lift Perth Glory to a 4-1 win over Central Coast at home on Saturday.
With the Glory leading 2-1, 17-year-old De Silva latched onto Harold`s pass, tapped the ball up to himself before swivelling to volley home.
Harold sealed the win with his second goal of the match in the 78th minute to lift Glory six points clear on top of the standings after Melbourne Victory`s 1-0 loss to Melbourne City.
Melbourne City snatched a dramatic win in the cross-town derby with a late Erik Paartalu header.
Newcastle broke through for their first win of the season with a late Jeronimo Neumann strike sealing an upset 2-1 victory over newly-crowned FFA Cup winners Adelaide United in Newcastle.
The Argentine pounced in the 81st minute against his former club, sweeping home from close range after good work from former Socceroo international David Carney to set up the chance.
Neumann`s goal eased the pressure on Jets coach Phil Stubbins, who finally has a victory in his 11th game in charge of the troubled club.