- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 28 December 2012
Photo: Mariners Thomas Rogic tangles with Sydney's Alessandro Del Piero as Brett Emerton watches [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Central Coast Mariners remain top of the A-League ladder despite losing 1-0 away to Sydney FC through a Brett Emerton goal a minute before the end.
The win lifted Sydney FC off the foot of the ladder and into second-last place.
Photo: Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero (right) takes on the Mariners' Nick Montgomery [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
The match was a disaster for the league leaders, who had Tom Rogic and John Hutchinson both sent off late in the game.
Adelaide United clung to second place despite losing their second consecutive game, this time 1-0 to Brisbane Roar at home at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Roar’s Brazilian striker Henrique settled the issue when he it home a Mitch Nichols cut-back from the byline on the left in the 65th minute.
It was the Roar’s first win under new coach Mike Mulvey.
Photo: Sydney FC's Brett Emerton heads the winning goal [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Photo: Emerton's header goes in despite a desperate dive by Mariners' goalkeeper [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Photo: Mariners goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and defender Zachary Anderson (No.5) cannot keep Brett Emerton's header out of the net [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Melbourne Victory are third, a mere 4 points behind leaders Mariners, after downing seventh-placed Newcastle Jets 3-2 in a thriller at AAMI Park.
Marco Rojas was man of the match, netting twice for the Melbourne side and making the other goal for Archie Thompson.
Ruben Zadkovich and Emile Heskey replied for the Jets, but it was not enough to halt the progress of Melbourne Victory, who are starting to show the benefits of Ange Postecoglu’s coaching.
Fourth-placed Western Sydney Wanderers and fifth-ranked Perth Glory drew 1-1 in Perth.
Labinot Haliti fired the Wanderers ahead in the latter stages of the opening half, but Nick Ward salvaged a point for the home team with a goal four minutes from the end.
Photo: Alessandro Del Piero and his Sydney FC team-mates go to their fans [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Sixth-placed Wellington Phoenix dumped Melbourne Heart to the foot of the table when they defeated the Aussie visitors 3-2 in New Zealand.
Jeremy Brockie scored twice for the Kiwis and Louis Fenton once, while Heart’s goals came from Golgol Mebrahtu and Andrew Durante.
Photo: Alessandro Del Piero say's 'Ciao' to Sydney FC's fans as he leaves the pitch [Photo by Jim Vafakos]
Photo: A streaker disrupted the Sydney FC versus Mariners match [Photo by Jim Vafakos]