10-man Perth Glory stay in 1st place with 2-1 win
SYDNEY (AP) — First-place Perth Glory played with 10 men for the final half-hour but held on for a 2-1 win over the Wellington Phoenix, while the second-place Melbourne Victory ensured Brisbane’s early-season woes continued with a 1-0 win over the defending A-League champions.
The Glory led 2-0 in the 63rd minute when substitute Ruben Zadkovich, who had been on the pitch for just 17 seconds, was shown a straight red for a hard tackle on Vince Lia.
Roy Krishna scored on a penalty for the Phoenix with five minutes remaining, but Perth held on for its sixth win in seven matches.
Melbourne Victory striker and former Roar player Besart Berisha’s header off a free kick with 13 minutes remaining hit Brisbane defender Jade North and deflected past goalkeeper Jamie Young, handing Brisbane its fifth loss in six matches.
Perth holds a three-point advantage over the Victory and Sydney FC, but Adelaide United could move into second place with a win on Sunday against Central Coast in the final match of the seventh round.
Danny De Silva scored in the second minute and Andy Keogh in the 60th to give Perth its two-goal advantage before Zadkovich was sent off.
Glory coach Kenny Lowe said he wasn’t sure if Zadkovich deserved a straight red card.
“Ruben doesn’t go in with a feather duster,” Lowe said. “I think he took some of the ball. Maybe he took some of the guy, I don’t know.”
Elsewhere, Asian champions the Western Sydney Wanderers remained without a win and at the bottom of the A-League standings after drawing 1-1 Saturday with Newcastle. Both teams are still looking for their first wins of the season.
Tomi Juric opened the scoring for Western Sydney in the 12th minute, before Marcos Flores equalized for Newcastle in the 27th with a back-heeled effort past goalkeeper Ante Covic.
Later Saturday, Marc Janko scored twice to lead Sydney FC to a 2-1 win over Melbourne City, moving Sydney into third place provisionally ahead of Adelaide’s match on Sunday.