A-League wrap: Wanderers go top at Mariners' expense
By Football News
Western Sydney Wanderers moved top of the A-League thanks to a 1-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, as Perth also won.
A goal from Labinot Haliti in the 81st minute at Bluetongue Stadium saw visitors Western Sydney claim a joint-record eighth consecutive victory, enough for them to replace the beaten Mariners at the top of the standings in what is their debut season in the competition.
Central Coast goalkeeper Mathew Ryan missed a 52nd-minute penalty for the hosts, who are now two points back in second place.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Brisbane Roar climbed into the top six thanks to a 1-0 win away to third-placed Adelaide United.
Ben Halloran bagged the winner in the 83rd minute at Hindmarsh Stadium, where Adelaide's Osama Malik was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Finally, goals from Chris Harold and Shane Smeltz helped Perth Glory see off the visit of Sydney FC 2-1, Italian veteran Alessandro Del Piero netting a long-range effort for the visitors.
The away team were reduced to 10 men when fullback Fabio received his second yellow card on 57 minutes.
The results leaves Sydney eighth on the table, two points ahead of ninth-placed Perth.