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Central Coast's lead at the summit continues to whittle away, while there was more controversy at Gold Coast who wore a 'Freedom of Speech' shirt slogan

ANALYSIS
By Ben Somerford

Results

Newcastle Jets 1-0 Adelaide United, Sydney FC 0-1 Wellington Phoenix, Gold Coast United 1-1 Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory 0-3 Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Heart 1-0 Central Coast Mariners

THE WEEKEND STORY

Someone once said "no Broich, no Brisbane". Well the Roar certainly went some way to dispelling that myth with a comprehensive 3-0 win at top two contenders Perth Glory. That victory, combined with Central Coast's 1-0 defeat at Melbourne Heart saw the gap at the top reduced to three points. Heart and Newcastle's wins also intensified the heat in the race for home finals, while Victory's 1-1 draw at Gold Coast has their finals hopes in tatters. GCU, meanwhile, continued their battle with the FFA after wearing a controversial shirt slogan.

THE STANDINGS | Top Four

  P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Central Coast
23 13 5 5 36 21 +15 44
2 Brisbane Roar
23 12 5 6 44 24 +20 41

Wellington 23 11 3 9 30 26 +4 34

Perth Glory 23 10 4 9 33 30 +3 33

PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND

Besart Berisha

Brisbane Roar

The Albanian striker was at his clinical best, grabbing a quickfire double in Brisbane's impressive 3-0 win at Perth Glory on Saturday night. The brace took Berisha's season tally to 17 goals, closing in on Shane Smeltz's regular season record of 19. Berisha's quality in the front third was clear for all to see, given the Roar didn't create too many clearcut opportunities, but when they fell to him, he made them count.

QUOTES OF THE WEEKEND

"Thomas is a fantastic player, I think he's the best player in the league, so you're always going to miss him. But I was never in any doubt that we couldn't be convincing without him.
-Brisbane boss Ange Postecoglou at a press conference after the 3-0 win at Perth

"I thought it was a poor decision. To say we're disappointed is an understatement. Their keeper comes out for the ball, Archie touches it, and he smashes into Arch. If the keeper's not there Archie is through on goal. What can I say?"
-Victory coach Jim Magilton after his side's draw where GCU might've been reduced to 10 men early

"Did we have different shirts on tonight? You're asking me to be a fashion expert now as well as a football coach. I didn't notice."
-Interim Gold Coast coach Mike Mulvey on his side's controversial playing shirt slogan

THE NUMBERS

4 - Number of points Central Coast have gained from their past five matches
10 - Central Coast's biggest lead at the top of the table
3 - Central Coast's current lead at the top of the table
4 - Number of consecutive victories second-placed Brisbane have recorded
4 - Number of away wins for Wellington Phoenix this season

PHOTO OF THE WEEKEND
Shirt slogan controversy | The fun & games never stop on the Gold Coast

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