Victory, Sydney FC play to 3-3 draw, Victory fail to make big inroads on Perth A-League lead



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SYDNEY — Veteran Archie Thompson scored three goals as the second-place Melbourne Victory drew 3-3 with Sydney FC in the A-League on Saturday, leaving the Perth Glory three points clear in first place after 10 rounds.

The 36-year-old Thompson scored on either side of a Marc Janko goal to give the Victory a 2-1 halftime lead. Shane Smeltz scored twice for Sydney in second-half but Thompson scored in the final minute of regular time to level.

Perth ensured it would remain in first with a 2-0 win Friday over Newcastle as Richard Garcia scored in the 11th minute and Nebojsa Marinkovic in the 86th.

The Jets finished the match with 10 men after captain Kew Jaliens was given a straight red card in the 82nd minute for a challenge on Scott Jamieson.

"Initially I didn't really see it as a red card," Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins said. "It probably looked uglier than what it actually was."

The Jets are winless after 10 rounds with just four points.

"As a coach we all go through the highs and the lows, and at the moment, it's obviously a low for the club," Stubbins said.

The Brisbane Roar beat Adelaide United 1-0 Friday on Brazilian striker Henrique's 18th-minute goal to send departing captain Matt Smith to Thailand on a winning note. Smith was released early from his contract last week to sign with Thai Premier League side FC Bangkok Glass.

Henrique exploited space on the edge of Adelaide's area before curving a shot that struck the inside of the framework.

Striker Roy Krishna's late goal earned the Wellington Phoenix a 1-1 draw with the Central Coast Mariners. Krishna chested down a looped pass from Michael McClinchey in the 78th minute before sliding the ball past goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

It was the fourth game in a row that the Fiji international has scored and it canceled out a first-half goal from Matt Simon.

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