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Phoenix recover from early deficit in A-League

October 18, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Booed by his former fans, Michael McGlinchey played a prominent role in Wellington Phoenix’s 2-1 A-League away win over Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

New Zealand international McGlinchey scored a first-half equalizer and was involved in the build-up to the 53rd-minute winner from Nathan Burns at Gosford north of Sydney.

McGlinchey was granted an early termination of his contract last month to join the Phoenix after five seasons with the Mariners which included a league title.

Alex Brosque scored in the 79th minute to give Sydney FC a 3-2 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers, having trailed 2-0 after 24 minutes before 41,000 fans in a Sydney derby.

On Friday, Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory saved all their scoring for late in a 1-1 draw. Sergio Cirio gave the home side the lead in the 85th minute, only to have substitute Fahid Ben Khalfallah level with a minute remaining in regular time.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, in town for a concert next weekend, was among the record 33,126 spectators at Adelaide Oval. The total eclipsed the city’s previous record of 25,039 set at the same venue in 2007.

On Sunday, Spanish striker David Villa leads Melbourne City in his second match of a 10-match A-League stint when City hosts Newcastle, and Perth plays defending champion Brisbane to complete the second round.

Villa is on loan from Major League Soccer side New York City. Both that team and Melbourne City are affiliates of English Premier League club Manchester City.