Wellington broke Sydney United’s record of consecutive undefeated matches at home by extending theirs to 24 with a draw with Melbourne Heart.

Meanwhile Adelaide United equalled the record of Central Coast Mariners for most consecutive games without defeat – 12.

Anything other than defeat for the Reds when they host Wellington on Friday night will see them set a new mark.

Elsewhere, Franz Straka danced in the rain as his two young guns struck to give  Fury their second win of the season.

The pressure continues to mount on Sydney FC after they were heavily defeated 3-0 by Melbourne Victory.

Brisbane continued to struggle upfront while the Gold Coast United's goal drought at Skilled Park continued.

But if records are anything to go by, the team extending its unbeaten streak this season still looks the most dangerous.

North Queensland Fury 2 (Chris Payne 16’, David Williams 72’)
Perth Glory 1 (Michael Baird 21’)
Crowd: 4011 @ Dairy Farmers Stadium


Newly appointed Ian Ferguson couldn’t stop Perth Glory sliding to a fifth-straight defeat at the hands of the North Queensland Fury.

The excited Franz Straka couldn’t stop dancing in the rain as his side broke a seven-game winless run thanks to goals from electrifying front pair Chris Payne and David Williams.

In torrential rain, Payne blasted in the opener after a Williams assist in a contender for goal of the round.

But Michael Baird equalized, courtesy of some sloppy defending and a cut back from Anthony Skorich, to score his first goal for the Glory.

The Williams-Payne show continued to send the small but brave crowd at Dairy Farmers Stadium into delirium, as the latter slid through a perfect pass for Williams to slide a shot under Alex Vrteski.

Ferguson opted to go without Tando Velaphi in goals, the shot stopper who was second for saves behind only Eugene Galekovic coming into week 10.

North Queensland Fury:
1. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 2. Jack HINGERT (9. Eugene SSEPPUYA 60’), 3. Brad MCDONALD, 4. Eric AKOTO, 5. Mark HUGHES, 6. Ufuk TALAY (c) (17. Osama MALIK 70’), 7. Gareth EDDS, 11. David WILLIAMS, 13. Andre KILIAN, 15. Chris PAYNE (14. Chris GROSSMAN 79’), 16. Simon STOREY
Unused sub: 28. Sebastian USAI (gk)
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None

Perth Glory:
20. Alex Vrteski (gk), 3. Jamie COYNE, 4. Andy TODD, 7. Jacob BURNS (c), 10. Michael BAIRD, 12. Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven MCGARRY, 17. Todd HOWARTH (16. Adriano PELLEGRINO 79’), 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI (5. Jamie HARNWELL 77’), 21. Mile STERJOVSKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH (11. Branko JELIC 60’)
Unused sub: 1. Tando VELAPHI (gk)
Yellow cards: Coyne 53’, Sekulovski 64’, Baird 85’
Red cards: None
 

North Queensland Fury
1. Justin PASFIELD – 7

2. Jack HINGERT – 6
3. Brad MCDONALD - 7
4. Eric AKOTO – 5
5. Mark HUGHES – 7
6. Ufuk TALAY – 7
7. Gareth EDDS – 7
11. David WILLIAMS – 8
13. Andre KILIAN – 6
15. Chris PAYNE – 7
16. Simon STOREY – 6
9. Eugene SSEPPUYA – 7
17. Osama MALIK – 6
14. Chris GROSSMAN – 6

Perth Glory
20. Aleks VRTESKI – 6
3. Jamie COYNE - 5
4. Andy TODD – 6
10. Michael BAIRD – 6
12. Scott NEVILLE – 6
14. Steven MCGARRY – 6
17. Todd HOWARTH – 6
19. Naum SEKULOVSKI – 6
21. Mile STERJOVSKI – 6
22. Anthony SKORICH – 6
11. Branko JELIC – 7
5. Jamie HARNWELL – 6
16. Adriano PELLEGRINO - 6

Man of the Match The drive and determination of North Queensland Fury’s David Williams was eventually secured the winner for his side in front of national team coach Holger Osieck.

Weakest Player Perth Glory’s Jamie Coyne and North Queensland Fury’s Erik Akoto each made critical errors in a game not made for defensive solidity.
 

Melbourne Victory 3 (Rodrigo Vargas 20’, Carlos Hernandez 49’, Robbie Kruse 90’)
Sydney FC 0

Crowd: 17,299 @ Etihad Stadium


A dominant Melbourne Victory piled more misery on lowly Sydney FC, raising the pressure on Sky Blues coach Vitezslav Lavicka.

There was a brilliant performance from last season’s Johnny Warren Medallist, Carlos Hernandez.

He hit the crossbar, whipped in a sensational ball for Rodrigo Vargas to glance home and he scored a header of his own to open his account this season.

Striker Robbie Kruse finished the scoring after latching onto a long pass from Tom Pondeljak.

The Sky Blues didn’t look dangerous in the attacking third with Bruno Cazarine and the Killer B’s struggling to get into the match.

At the other end, the defence was opened up at regular intervals.

Melbourne Victory:
1. Michael PETKOVIC (gk), 2. Kevin MUSCAT (c), 3. Mate DUGANDZIC (27. Geoff KELLAWAY 65’), 8. Grant BREBNER, 9. RICARDINHO (6. Leigh BROXHAM 69’), 12. Rodrigo VARGAS, 14. Billy CELESKI (11. Marvin ANGULO 88’), 15. Tom PONDELJAK, 16. Carlos HERNANDEZ, 21. Robbie KRUSE, 23. Adrian LEIJER
Unused sub: 20. Sebastian MATTEI (gk)
Yellow card: Celeski 58’
Red cards: None

Sydney FC:
1. Liam REDDY (gk), 2. Sebastian RYALL, 3. Stephan KELLER, 6. Hirofumi MORIYASU, 8. Stuart MUSIALIK (10. Nick CARLE 51’), 9. Bruno CAZARINE, 12. Shannon COLE, 14. Alex BROSQUE, 15. Terry MCFLYNN (c), 19. Mark BRIDGE, 22. Sung Hwan BYUN (21. Scott JAMIESON 78’)
Unused subs: 20. Ivan NECEVSKI (gk), 5. Hayden FOXE
Yellow card: Jamieson 90+1’
Red cards: None

Melbourne Victory
1. Michael PETKOVIC – 7
2. Kevin MUSCAT – 7
3. Mate DUGANDZIC – 7
8. Grant BREBNER – 7
9. RICARDINHO – 7
12. Rodrigo VARGAS – 8
14. Billy CELESKI – 7
15. Tom PONDELJAK – 7
16. Carlos HERNANDEZ – 9
21. Robbie KRUSE - 7
23. Adrian LEIJER – 7
27. Geoff KELLAWAY – 6
6. Leigh BROXHAM - 6
    Sydney FC
1. Liam REDDY – 6
2. Sebastian RYALL – 4
3. Stephan KELLER – 6
6. Hirofumi MORIYASU - 6
8. Stuart MUSIALIK – 5
9. Bruno CAZARINE – 7
12. Shannon COLE – 6
14. Alex BROSQUE – 6
15. Terry MCFLYNN – 6
19. Mark BRIDGE – 6
22. Sung Hwan BYUN – 6
10. Nick CARLE – 6
21. Scott JAMIESON – 6

Man of the Match – Melbourne Victory’s Carlos Hernandez was back to his brilliant best with a superb attacking performance; scoring one goal and providing another.

Weakest Player – Sydney FC’s Sebastian Ryall had a horrid time against his old club. The young centre-back was beaten in the air by Roddy Vargas for Melbourne’s opener and lost track of Carlos Hernandez for the second.


 
Brisbane Roar 1 (Reinaldo 78’)
Newcastle Jets 1
(Matthew Smith (og) 18’)
Crowd: 10,191 @ Suncorp Stadium


Brisbane again failed to capitalise on a ton of chances, forced to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle Jets.

Roar trailed at the break for the first time this season after defender Matthew Smith put the ball into his own net.

Despite their domination, they had to rely on a late header from Reinaldo to take a point.

The passing game implemented so well by Roar was on show again but the lack of a dangerous striker was also very evident, as it was when they snatched the three points late on against Perth last time out.

Brisbane Roar:
1. Michael THEOKLITOS (gk), 2. Matthew SMITH, 3. Luke DEVERE, 4. Shane STEFANUTTO, 6. Erik PAARTALU (14. Rocky VISCONTE 75’), 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 11. REINALDO, 15. Matt MCKAY (c), 17. Mitch NICHOLS (8. Massimo MURDOCCA 58’), 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Milan SUSAK (5. Ivan FRANJIC 68’)
Unused sub: 20. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk)
Yellow cards: Susak 28’, Stefanutto 58’, Smith 66’
Red cards: None

Newcastle Jets:
1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 5. Ljubo MILICEVIC (c), 7. Kasey WEHRMAN, 10. Ruben ZADKOVICH, 11. Tarek ELRICH, 14. Labinot HALITI (19. Ali ABBAS 62’), 15. Sean ROONEY (9. Zhang SHUO 72’), 16. Jeremy BROCKIE (17. Marcello FIORENTINI 84’), 18. Marko JESIC
Unused sub: 40. Matthew NASH (gk)
Yellow cards: Zadkovich 23’, Milicevic 35’, Elrich 55’, Wehrman 61’
Red cards: None

Brisbane Roar
1. Michael Theoklitos (gk) - 7/10
2. Matthew Smith - 6/10
3. Luke DeVere - 7/10
4. Shane Stefanutto - 7/10
6. Erik Paartalu - 7/10
7. Kosta Barbarouses - 7/10
11. Reinaldo - 7/10
15. Matt McKay (c) - 7/10
17. Mitch Nichols - 7/10
22. Thomas Broich - 8/10
23. Milan Susak - 7/10
5. Ivan Franjic - 6/10
8. Massimo Murdocca - 7/10
14. Rocky Visconte - 7/10

Newcastle Jets
1. Ben Kennedy (gk) - 8/10
2. Taylor Regan - 7/10
3. Adam D'Apuzzo - 8/10
5. Ljubo Milicevic (c) - 7/10
7. Kasey Wehrman - 7/10
10. Ruben Zadkovich - 7/10
11. Tarek Elrich - 6/10
14. Labinot Haliti - 6/10
15. Sean Rooney - 6/10
16. Jeremy Brockie - 7/10
18. Marko Jesic - 6/10
9. Zhang Shuo - 6/10
19. Ali Abbas - 6/10

Man of the Match: It was a tight contest but you have to go for Newcastle Jets' Ben Kennedy. Without him, the Jets would've had some serious problems.

Weakest Player: It's difficult to pinpoint any obvious weak links, however, despite playing relatively good individual games, the finishing from both sides left much to be desired.



Gold Coast United 0
Adelaide United 0

Crowd: 2389 @ Skilled Park

It appears a fan cap leads to a goal cap at Skilled Park as Gold Coast United and Adelaide played out a scoreless draw.

Only six goals have been scored in as many games at the venue this season.

Reds striker Sergio van Dijk was in the thick of the action but at the wrong end, appearing to handle in his defensive area.

No penalty was given and both teams settled for a point with Adelaide still undefeated while Gold Coast have flown under the radar and lost just once this season.

Gold Coast United:
1. Glen MOSS (gk), 3. Michael THWAITE, 5. ROBSON (14. Joel PORTER 57’), 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Zenon CARAVELLA, 10. Jason CULINA (c), 11. Bruce DJITE (2. Steve PANTELIDIS 90’), 13. Bas VAN DEN BRINK, 18. James BROWN (23. Steve FITZSIMMONS 72’), 22. Adama TRAORE, 24. John CURTIS
Unused sub: 20. Scott HIGGINS (gk)
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None

Adelaide United:
1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2. Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4. Iain FYFE, 5. Daniel MULLEN, 6. CASSIO, 7. Lucas PANTELIS (c) (13. Travis DODD 65’), 8. Adam HUGHES, 9. Sergio VAN DIJK, 12. Paul REID, 17. Iain RAMSAY (18. Fabian BARBIERO 85’), 26. Joseph KEENAN (24. Cameron WATSON 86’)
Unused sub: 30. Nicholas MUNRO (gk)
Yellow cards: None
Red cards: None

Gold Coast United
1. Glen MOSS (gk) - 6/10
3. Michael THWAITE - 7/10
5. ROBSON - 6/10
6. Dino DJULBIC - 6/10
7. Zenon CARAVELLA - 7/10
10. Jason CULINA (c) - 5/10
11. Bruce DJITE - 6/10
13. Bas VAN DEN BRINK - 7/10
18. James BROWN - 6/10
22. Adama TRAORE - 6/10
24. John CURTIS - 6/10
14. Joel PORTER - 6/10
23. Steve FITZSIMMONS - 6/10
Adelaide United
1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk) - 6/10
2.Robert CORNTHWAITE - 7/10
4.Iain FYFE - 6/10
5.Daniel MULLEN - 7/10
6.CASSIO - 7/10
7.Lucas PANTELIS (c) - 6/10
8.Adam HUGHES - 7/10
9.Sergio VAN DIJK - 6/10
12.Paul REID - 6/10
17.Iain RAMSAY -6/10
26.Joe KEENAN - 7/10
13.Travis DODD - 6/10

Man of the match: For solid defending, it has to be GCU's Bas Van Den Brink but honestly, no one managed to really get the game going.
Weakest Player: GCU captain Jason Culina struggled. His delivery from corners was good, however, the rest of his game was very disappointing.


Wellington Phoenix 2 (Chris Greenacre 6’, Leo Bertos 59’)
Melbourne Heart 2 (John Aloisi 14’(pen), Matt Thompson 36’)
Crowd: 5211 @ Westpac Stadium

Windy Wellington helped Phoenix break the Australian record for consecutive games undefeated at home.

Phoenix took their undefeated streak to 24 when Leo Bertos struck a swirling shot from 20 yards past a stranded Clint Bolton in the Heart goal.

Earlier, Manny Muscat had fed Chris Greenacre to open the scoring before John Aloisi converted a penalty and Matt Thompson scored a brilliant goal after a fine turn.

It was just Heart’s second point on the road while Phoenix continued their home run, breaking an Australian record in the process.

Wellington Phoenix:
1. Mark PASTON (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 4. Nick WARD (17. Vince LIA 46’), 6. Tim BROWN, 7. Leo BERTOS (11. DANIEL 81’), 8. Paul IFILL, 9. Chris GREENACRE, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 15. Jade NORTH (14. Mirjan PAVLOVIC 46’), 18. Ben SIGMUND, 22. Andrew DURANTE (c)
Unused sub: 19. Danny VUKOVIC (gk)
Yellow card: Ifill 79’
Red cards: None

Melbourne Heart:
1. Clint BOLTON (gk), 2. Michael MARRONE, 4. Simon COLOSIMO (c), 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP, 6. Matt THOMPSON (17. Jason HOFFMAN 83’), 7. Rutger WORM, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 15. John ALOISI, 20. Josip SKOKO (22. Nick KALMAR 63’), 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 25. Adrian ZAHRA (11. Alex TERRA 69’)
Unused sub: 12. Peter ZOIS (gk)
Yellow card: Colosimo 44’
Red cards: None

Wellington Phoenix
1. Mark Paston (gk) - 6/10
2. Manny Muscat - 7/10
4. Nick Ward - 6/10
6. Tim Brown - 6/10
7. Leo Bertos - 7/10
8. Paul Ifill - 7/10
9. Chris Greenacre - 8/10
13. Troy Hearfield - 7/10
15. Jade North - 6/10
22. Andrew Durante (c) - 7/10
14. Mirjan Pavlovic - 7/10
17. Vince Lia - 6/10

Melbourne Heart
1. Clint Bolton (gk) - 6/10
2. Michael Marrone - 7/10
4. Simon Colosimo (c) - 7/10
5. Michael Beauchamp - 6/10
6. Matt Thompson - 8/10
7. Rutger Worm - 7/10
10. Wayne Srhoj - 6/10
15. John Aloisi - 6/10
20. Josip Skoko - 6/10
23. Dean Heffernan - 6/10
25. Adrian Zahra - 7/10
11. Alex Terra - 6/10
22. Nick Kalmar - 6/10

Man of the match: Melbourne Heart's Matt Thompson just pipped Chris Greenacre here, simply because his ability to successfully switch between attack and defence was outstanding. He's an invaluable asset to the Heart and he proved it in this match.

Weakest Player: No particular player stood out, however, Melbourne Heart's Clint Bolton's lapse in judgement was arguably a turning point in the game; it led towards Wellington Phoenix's decisive second goal.

Weekend Break: Central Coast Mariners
Mid-week: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners @ Suncorp Stadium

Hyundai A-League 2010/11 League Table

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Adelaide United 10 6 4 0 17 9 8 22
2 Brisbane Roar 9 4 4 1 10 6 4 16
3 Central Coast Mariners 8 4 3 1 9 6 3 15
4 Gold Coast United 9 3 5 1 9 6 3 14
5 Melbourne Victory 11 3 5 3 13 11 2 14
6 Wellington Phoenix 10 3 3 4 14 15 -1 12
7 Melbourne Heart 10 3 3 4 12 16 -4 12
8 Perth Glory 10 3 2 5 12 15 -3 11
9 North Queensland Fury 10 2 4 4 15 17 -2 10
10 Newcastle Jets 9 1 5 3 5 6 -1 8
11 Sydney FC 10 0 4 6 10 19 -9 4


Hyundai A-League 2010/11 - Leading Goal-Scorers

4 – Chris GREENACRE, Paul IFILL, Mathew LECKIE, Sergio VAN DIJK, David WILLIAMS

3 – John ALOISI, Leo BERTOS, Bruce DJITE, Robbie KRUSE, Chris PAYNE, Iain RAMSAY, REINALDO, Mile STERJOVSKI

2 – Kosta BARBAROUSES, Alex BROSQUE, Bruno CAZARINE, Shannon COLE, Jason CULINA, Marcos FLORES, Robbie FOWLER, Chris GROSSMAN, Branko JELIC, Nick KALMAR, Daniel MCBREEN, Kevin MUSCAT, Scott NEVILLE, Patricio PEREZ, Matt SIMON, Shane SMELTZ, Alex TERRA

1 – Eli BABALJ, Michael BAIRD, Grant BREBNER, Michael BRIDGES, Jeremy BROCKIE, Thomas BROICH, James BROWN, Tim BROWN, Leigh BROXHAM, Billy CELESKI, Isaka CERNAK, John CURTIS, Dyron DAAL, Mate DUGANDZIC, Iain FYFE, Rhyan GRANT, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Labinot HALITI, Jamie HARNWELL, Carlos HERNANDEZ, Mark HUGHES, Scott JAMIESON, Stephan KELLER, Terry MCFLYNN, Matt MCKAY, Daniel MULLEN, Mitch NICHOLS, Erik PAARTALU, Tom PONDELJAK, RICARDINHO, Sean ROONEY, Gerald SIBON, Ben SIGMUND, Eugene SSEPPUYA, Simon STOREY, Matt THOMPSON, Rodrigo VARGAS, Nick WARD, Alex WILKINSON, Rutger WORM, Patrick ZWAANSWIJK