Football: Glory lose unbeaten run as Sydney FC march on
Perth Glory lost their unbeaten start to the AustralianA-League season on Sunday as Sydney FC opened up a three-point gap following their fourth straight win.
Jamie Maclaren broke his A-League scoring drought and also set up a second goal as Brisbane Roar ended Perth’s unbeaten start with a 2-1 victory in Brisbane.
Maclaren, the highest-scoring Australian player in the competition last season, got home in the 31st minute before Serbian Nebojsa Marinkovic’s 54th-minute equaliser.
Substitute Brandon Borrello secured all the points for Roar with the winner 15 minutes from full-time.
Goals from skipper Alex Brosque and Serbian Milos Ninkovic gave Sydney FC a 2-0 away win over Newcastle on Saturday.
Sydney FC have a maximum 12 points from their opening four games and have yet to concede a goal in a flying start to the campaign by Graham Arnold’s team.
Melbourne City are in second spot following a 2-1 win over Adelaide United at home on Friday.
Uruguayan ace Bruno Fornaroli scored either side of half-time but a first A-League goal for Spaniard Sergi Guardiola kept the Reds in the contest till the full-time whistle.
Brendon Santalab scored Western Sydney’s quickest-ever A-League goal, 82 seconds from kick-off on Saturday, but Tony Popovic’s men were held to a 1-1 draw by Central Coast at home.
Wanderers let slip a lead yet again when defender Robbie Cornthwaite’s soft backpass gifted the Mariners a second-half equaliser.
Melbourne Victory and New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix complete the round in Melbourne on Monday.
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