Saturday Wrap: New leaders rise to the top in both leagues as a Socceroo’s red card sparks debate

Re-live all the action from Macarthur FC's 2-0 win over Sydney FC

Take a look back at all the action from a jam-packed day in the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League, re-living all the goals and match highlights across four entertaining fixtures.

In the Liberty A-League, Kat Smith’s first game in charge of Western United saw the 2022-23 Grand Finalists visit Adelaide United at Marden Sports Complex, with Mark Torcaso’s replacement orchestrating a 3-1 win on Western Debut.

In the simultaneous kick-off, Melbourne City hosted Perth Glory in a blockbuster showdown at Genis Steel Stadium, with Glory striker Millie Farrow bagging a career-first hat-trick to help Glory back from a 1-0 deficit to win 3-1 in a statement result.

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Over in the Isuzu UTE A-League, high-flying Wellington Phoenix were brought back to earth in a 3-0 defeat to Newcastle Jets at Sky Stadium.

Attention then turned to Allianz Stadium, where in-form Macarthur FC went top of the table with a 2-0 win over Sydney FC.

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Adelaide United 1-3 Western United – Marden Sports Complex (Liberty A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: Sister act! Western twins to orchestrate new head coach’s first win on club debut

Sisters Adriana and Melissa Taranto have inspired Western United to a 3-1 win over Adelaide United in the Liberty A-League on Saturday afternoon.

Melissa Taranto assisted a pair of goals to sister Adriana at Marden Sports Complex, laying the platform for a slender victory in new head coach Kat Smith’s first game at the helm.

Chelsie Dawber scored for the hosts to make it 2-1 in the second half but Western striker Hannah Keane restored the two-goal advantage late to help her side into fifth place on the Liberty A-League table.

Smith took over as Western United head coach in late November, after Mark Torcaso vacated the role to focus on his role as head coach of the Philippines women’s national team.

Melbourne City 1-3 Perth Glory – Genis Steel Stadium (Liberty A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: Glory import does something not seen since Sam Kerr as Glory make statement against City

Millie Farrow scored her first-ever hat-trick as Perth Glory upstaged Melbourne City 3-1 in their top-of-the-table Liberty A-League showdown.

Farrow was the hero in Saturday’s contest pitting first against second – the Englishwoman scored twice in the second half to help Glory conquer previously unbeaten City at Genis Steel Stadium in Melbourne.

Hannah Wilkinson had given City a 17th-minute lead but Farrow took control from that point, sensationally scoring in the 32nd, 51st and 71st minutes to become the first Perth player to score a Liberty A-League hat-trick since legendary striker Sam Kerr in 2019.

Wellington Phoenix 0-3 Newcastle Jets – Sky Stadium (Isuzu UTE A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: Phoenix stunned in Wellington as Jets soar to shock win over league leaders

Newcastle Jets have orchestrated a major Isuzu UTE A-League upset, dominating the league-leading Wellington Phoenix in a 3-0 win at Sky Stadium on Saturday night.

Apostolos Stamatelopoulos set the tone for the impressive victory with a fourth-minute goal and doubled his tally from the spot early in the second half, with his brace bookending a Clayton Taylor finish that capped off the 19-year-old’s phenomenal display for the Jets in a stunning victory.

The Phoenix had chances but could not capitalise on a number of promising attacks as Rob Stanton’s side kept the home side goalless in a surprise win set to shake up the standings at the top of the table.

Sydney FC 0-2 Macarthur FC – Allianz Stadium (Isuzu UTE A-League)

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MATCH REPORT: Macarthur go top of the table after road win over resilient 10-man Sky Blues

Macarthur FC moved to the top of the Isuzu UTE A-League table after defeating a determined 10-man Sydney FC 2-0 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Jake Hollman’s first-half strike came in the aftermath of Andrew Redmayne’s 15th-minute red card, given after a VAR review on an incident in which the Sydney FC goalkeeper was caught well outside his penalty area when a Matthew Millar shot struck his arm.

Despite the early send-off, Sydney bossed possession and created plenty of chances – but couldn’t find a breakthrough, as Valère Germain wrapped up all three points for the Bulls with a late sealer.

The result sent Macarthur above Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix into top spot on the table after Wellington’s shock defeat to Newcastle Jets earlier on Saturday evening.