31.01.2016 09:53 h

Wanderers lead Roar in A-League title fight

Adelaide United remained unbeaten in nine matches with Argentine Marcelo Carrusca scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets in Australia's A-League on Sunday.

Carrusca's goal in the 43rd minute proved the eventual winner for the Reds to stay in the finals position in sixth place, seven points ahead of seventh-placed Perth Glory.

The Jets were without their key attacker and former Socceroo David Carney, who was stood down amid reports he is about to sign with A-League rivals Sydney FC.

Western Sydney Wanderers lead the competition by two points after beating title rivals Melbourne City 4-3 at home on Friday.

While a late City goal flurry added some respectability to the final score line, the Wanderers were always in charge from the time Mitch Nichols scored his eighth goal of the season in the 32nd minute.

A Mark Bridge double and a late Brendon Santalab strike rounded out the scoring.

Two quick-fire strikes from Harry Novillo and Bruno Fornaroli made it a nervy climax but the Wanderers regained their composure following the dismissal of Anthony Caceres for a second bookable offence.

The Wanderers added a fourth goal when substitutes Romeo Castelen and Brendon Santalab combined in the final minute of normal time.

City scored again in stoppage time when Erik Paartalu poked home Aaron Mooy's free kick.

Brisbane Roar are second after a 3-1 win over Sydney FC in Sydney.

The Roar were boosted by the return of the club's three Australian Under-23 representatives - strikers Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello and defender James Donachie - and buried the setback of recent consecutive losses.

Maclaren scored a double and Socceroos midfielder Matt McKay added a third in a sparkling performance.

Perth Glory extended their unbeaten run against champions Melbourne Victory to six games with a thrilling 3-2 win at home.

Spaniard Diego Castro was in great form, scoring twice while Irishman Andy Keogh netted the opener in the 27th minute.

Spanish star Luis Garcia scored with a cheeky back heel, followed by an assist for another goal in the Central Coast Mariners 3-1 win over Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.

The former Liverpool attacker came on as a substitute at half-time and in five minutes he scored with a back heel and followed it up with an assist for Storm Roux to fire home.

Despite the win, the Mariners remain at the bottom of the A-League standings.