Pablo Sanchez brace keeps Adelaide unbeaten in A-League
Adelaide United are enjoying their best start to an Australian A-League season following a 2-0 away win over former champions Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
Sydney: Adelaide United are enjoying their best start to an Australian A-League season following a 2-0 away win over former champions Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.
Two goals from Spaniard Pablo Sanchez late in the first half extended second-placed Adelaide`s unbeaten start to the season and boosted their points tally to 17, their biggest-ever haul after seven games.
It was the Reds` third away win of the campaign, equalling their tally for all of last season.
Perth Glory lead the competition from Adelaide after a 2-1 win over New Zealand`s Wellington Phoenix at home on Friday.
Rising star Danny De Silva scored his first A-League goal and Irish striker Andy Keogh continued his hot form to spearhead the Glory to victory.
Glory were cruising at 2-0 up before substitute Ruben Zadkovich was red carded in the 63rd minute for a studs-high tackle.
Wellington pulled a goal back with an 85th penalty from Roy Krishna, but the visitors missed out on an equaliser when Nathan Burns` strike in stoppage time was just wide.
Albanian striker Besart Berisha helped Melbourne Victory to a scrappy 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at home on Friday.
A set-piece settled the contest with 13 minutes left when Fahid Ben Khalfallah`s free kick found the Albanian, whose header deflected off defender Jade North into the net.
Coach Mike Mulvey subsequently paid for Roar`s poor start to their title defence when he was sacked on Sunday.
A brace from Austrian striker Marc Janko maintained Sydney FC`s fine start to the season, sealing a 2-1 win over Melbourne City in Melbourne.
Janko`s first goal was a classic back-post header from Bernie Ibini`s cross after 10 minutes, with his second coming off a wayward back-pass by Dutch defender Rob Wielaert.
Erik Paartalu`s late header set up some late drama for City but they fell short.
Asian club champions Western Sydney Wanderers remain at the bottom of the standings after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets at home on Saturday.
Both teams are still looking for their first wins of the season but Tony Popovic`s side were left to rue a number of missed opportunities that kept the Jets in the game, making it six A-League games without a win.