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A-League: Takeaways from matchday 11

Melbourne City enjoyed a positive matchday 11 as they extended their lead at the top of the A-League table with a comprehensive win over Western United.

Western Sydney Wanderers’ shock defeat on the road to Perth Glory saw them drop down to third, while Central Coast Mariners leapfrogged them into second with a big win of their own against Adelaide United. 

Things are looking good for Cityzens

The weekend could not have gone much better for Melbourne City as they breezed past Western United 4-0 to extend their lead at the top of the standings to six points with a game in hand. 

Marco Tilio got the hosts off to a flying start at AAMI Park with a goal in the ninth minute, before an own goal from Leo Lacroix three minutes later put City in a commanding position. 

Jamie Maclaren is a player on fire at present and he scored his 13th of the season in the 24th minute to give the hosts a 3-0 lead at the break. 

United failed to find a way back into the game and a goal from Nuno Reis in the 89th minute was the icing on the cake for head coach Patrick Kisnorbo as his side pulled further ahead at the top of the table. 

With a team brimming with confidence and Maclaren unable to stop scoring at present, the Cityzens will take some stopping to be denied top spot at the end of the regular season.

Shock of the day at Perth

Few would have expected Perth Glory to be the ones celebrating at Macedonia Park on Friday but Ruben Zadkovich’s side pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Western Sydney. 

Wanderers were sat in second place in the standings, while Perth were rock-bottom of the table with just two wins in nine games before the encounter. 

In what ended up being a pretty even contest with both sides having five shots on target, Keegan Jelacic’s goal in the 59th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides. 

Wanderers have had the tendency of being inconsistent this season and that is likely to be an issue as they look to keep up with high-flying City. 

Western Sydney are next in action against the frontrunners when they host Melbourne City on Sunday. 

Wanderers are 23/10 for the win, 12/5 for a draw and 23/20 to lose to City.  

Meanwhile, Perth can take plenty of confidence from that result as they battle to avoid bottom spot in the table. 

A lack of goals is still an issue for Glory, with eight now in their first 10 games, but Perth have shown they can be a tough nut to crack on home soil.

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Mariners up to second 

Central Coast Mariners also bagged a 4-0 win of their own at the weekend as they got the better of an Adelaide United side who were their own worst enemies in Gosford. 

Two own goals and a red card for Isaias Sanchez gave Adelaide a mountain to climb, while the Mariners could hardly believe their luck. 

Alexander Popovic scored an own goal for the opener, before Sanchez was shown red just after half-time. Two minutes later Beni Nkololo scored the Mariners’ second, before Adelaide’s Panashe Madanha was the next player to find the back of his own net. 

A Jacob Farrell goal wrapped things up for the hosts in what was a strange game but a valuable three points for Central Coast. 

The Mariners are next in action on Friday when they make the trip to Macarthur FC, with the visitors at 5/4 to claim the win on the road.  

Macarthur will head into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Sunday, while there was plenty of drama elsewhere on matchday 11. 

Despite having two players sent off in the second half, Wellington Phoenix managed to earn a 1-0 win on the road at Sydney FC. 

In a controversial refereeing performance, Wellington saw Bozhidar Kraev and Nicholas Pennington given their marching orders. 

That was before Adam Le Fondre had a harshly-award penalty saved and a following penalty fired over the bar deep into injury time. A more dramatic 1-0 win you will not see in the A-League this season.

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