Western Sydney Wanderers will see in the new year at the bottom of the A-League table, while fans in the Central Coast witnessed six goals during an exciting draw.
Melbourne City 1-1 Perth Glory
(Mooy 48′ / Garcia 62′)
Crowd: 9,950 @ AAMI Park
Perth Glory proved that they have found their away form this season when they travelled to Melbourne and earned a draw against big spenders Melbourne City. Aaron Mooy opened the scoring when David Williams found his run through the defence, but Perth continued to send balls into the penalty area and it eventually paid off, with Scott Jamieson’s cross meeting the head of Richard Garcia to seal an away point.
Sydney FC 0-3 Adelaide United
(Djite 67′, Sanchez 81′, Mabil 90+1′)
Crowd: 14,214 @ Allianz Stadium
Adelaide climbed to second on the ladder with a controlled performance over Sydney FC. Struggling to convert chances into goals in earlier games, Adelaide managed to score more from less this time around, with quick passing and movement earning goals for Bruce Djite, Pablo Sanchez and Awer Mabil.
Central Coast Mariners 3-3 Brisbane Roar
(Bosnar 57′, Simon 63′, Kim 80′ / Solorzano 45′ 82′, Donachie 71′)
Crowd: 9,932 @ Central Coast Stadium
Brisbane travelled to Gosford fresh from a bye in the previous week, facing a Central Coast Mariners side experiencing a standoff between the owners and fans. Jean Carlos Solorzano scored his first two A-League goals of the season, while three separate players scored for the hosts. Roar defender James Donachie was at one point adjudged to have passed back to Jamie Young, but restored his chances of a starting spot for next week with a goal and a last-man clearance.
Melbourne Victory 1-0 Newcastle Jets
Crowd: 20,801 @ AAMI Park
Phil Stubbins’ men would have been delighted to hold the ferocious attack of Melbourne Victory to a draw after a shock win against Adelaide United the week before, but Gui Finkler kept all three points in Melbourne with a driving free kick.
Wellington Phoenix 1-0 Western Sydney Wanderers
Crowd: 8,606 @ Westpac Stadium
The Asian champions returned from their Club World Cup misery looking to bounce back with their first A-League win of the season in Wellington. Roy Krishna broke hearts when he earned a controversial penalty and converted on his second attempt, leaving Western Sydney to go into 2015 wondering what they need to do to score goals and win games.