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Mariners delight in A-League jump up

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5 days ago Ben McKay

Central Coast and Melbourne Victory have emerged as the biggest movers on the A-League table after scoring key victories in round seven.

The Mariners ran amok in a 2-0 win over league dark horses Perth to shake up the competition table, rising from ninth spot all the way into the top six.

Paul Okon's men finally ended a streak of 36 games without a clean sheet and have now lost just once in their past five fixtures.

Striker Roy O'Donovan, who scored his fifth goal of the season in the win, was pleased to see the results finally match their wholesome efforts this season.

"It is good to see because a new manager comes in, he's got a new way of thinking, a new way of expressing football," O'Donovan told AAP.

"People are buying into it now. It's starting to get better to watch too. At the start we were a bit cagey, but every game I think we've gone up maybe five per cent."

O'Donovan predicted the best of the Mariners was yet to come, urging his team not to be content with their first win at home since New Year's Eve.

They again play at home against Western Sydney on Saturday.

"You'll see the best of us after Christmas, but that result will give us plenty of confidence going into another home game against Western Sydney," he said.

"We can't just think it's a good result and then win again in three months now. We've just got to keep getting clean sheets and improving. If we do that, we'll be alright this year."

The upset kicked off an intriguing round that included ladder leaders Sydney FC dropping points in a scoreless draw with bottom-placed Adelaide Reds.

It was the second week in a row the Sky Blues were held to a draw after winning their opening six games of the season.

The Wanderers' winless streak hit six games after being held to a 1-1 draw with Brisbane, while Victory jumped to third after a decisive win over Newcastle.

Winger Marco Rojas was arguably the best player at the weekend, scoring once and seeing a deflected free kick go in for Victory's 2-0 success.

Melbourne City talisman Bruno Fornaroli saw his side leapfrog Victory into second place by taking the points from Sunday's match against Wellington Phoenix.

Another deflected opener - this time from Nick Fitzgerald via Marco Rossi - opened the scoring before Roy Krishna scored his fifth of the season.

Fornaroli scored a 71st minute penalty - his seventh goal of the season - to ensure Wednesday's FFA Cup final will be between the top two sides in the league for the first time.

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