The Isuzu UTE A-League action rolled into Saturday with two games on the agenda, as Wellington Phoenix went top of the table and Sydney FC outlasted Perth Glory in a dramatic 3-2 win.
Western United v Wellington Phoenix kicked off the action at Mars Stadium, with a late Ben Old strike sealing three points for the Phoenix in a 1-0 win that sent the travelling side to the top of the Isuzu UTE A-League table.
Attention then turned to Allianz Stadium where Sydney FC defeated Perth Glory 3-2 in a game featuring late twists and turns and a lengthy delay at half-time due to lightning strikes.
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Sydney FC 3-2 Perth Glory
Sydney FC outlasted a resilient Perth Glory in a 3-2 win at Allianz Stadium, which featured a two-hour delay at half-time due to repeat lightning strikes.
The Sky Blues held a two-goal lead at half-time through Joe Lolley and Robert Mak, before the delays which, at one point, looked capable of halting the game altogether after the first half.
But play did resume at 10.30pm AEDT, nearly three hours after kick-off.
Adam Taggart struck back for Perth after the restart to halve the deficit. Then came late drama as Mitchell Glasson put Sydney two goals ahead with the help of a heavy deflection off Aleksandar Šuśnjar, only for Oliver Bozanic to strike with a superb late free-kick to give Glory hope at 3-2.
The game finally drew to a close after a frantic finish with Sydney holding their slender lead to the final whistle.
Western United 0-1 Wellington Phoenix
Wellington Phoenix will end Round 6 on top of the Isuzu UTE A-League table after Ben Old’s late winner in a 1-0 triumph over Western United at Mars Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Old’s 80th-minute strike broke the deadlock in Ballarat – but the goal was initially flagged as offside before the decision reversal from Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Kris Griffiths-Jones, who adjudged Old as onside upon receiving a ball from Kosta Barbarouses in the box to score.
The 1-0 win ensured the Phoenix remained unbeaten through six games to start the season, with Giancarlo Italiano’s side moving into top spot, while Western slumped to a fifth loss on the bounce to remain planted to the foot of the table.