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2012-13 A-League Power Rankings: Week 5

A massive result by Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners has seen them shoot up to the top of the A-League Power Rankings on the View from Avalon. Meanwhile, Adelaide United and Perth Glory are on the Mariners’ heels, while Melbourne Victory also makes their move ever upward.

All this and more in this week’s A-League Power Rankings.

1. Central Coast Mariners

What a huge victory for the Central Coast Mariners: a record 7-2 smashing of Sydney FC at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, New South Wales. The Mariners were led by Daniel McBreen, who scored a hat trick in the 39th, 65th and 67th minutes; and Tomas Rogic, who scored a brace in the 16th and 63rd minutes.

Other goalscorers included Michael McGlinchey in the 56th minute and Sydney’s Sebastian Ryall, who delivered an own goal in the 30th minute of play. Central Coast continue their season on Nov. 11 against the Wellington Phoenix.

2. Adelaide United

Dario Vidosic’s third-minute goal was enough for John Kosmina’s Adelaide United to shut out the Brisbane Roar 1-0 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland. They will look to continue their winning ways on Nov. 11 at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide, South Australia when they face the Perth Glory.

3. Perth Glory

A riveting encounter between Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets saw the home team prevail at nib Stadium in Perth, Western Australia by the score of 3-2. Steven McGarry (10′), Nick Ward (37′) and Chris Harold (84′) paced the Glory to the win.

Up next for the Glory is a big No. 11 showdown at Hindmarsh Stadium against Adelaide United.

4. Newcastle Jets

After experiencing a high last week over the Melbourne Victory, Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets came crashing down in their 3-2 defeat to the Perth Glory. Tiago Calvano (5′) and Josh Mitchell (70′) scored for the Jets. They will aim to soar back into contention on No. 10 at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

5. Melbourne Victory

Ange Postcoglou’s Melbourne Victory found the breakthough victory they needed in their 3-2 win over the Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium. Marco Rojas scored a brace in the 23rd and 48th minutes and Marcos Flores added an insurance goal in the 38th minute of play.

Consistency will be tantamount to the Victory’s success this season as they travel to Allianz Stadium in Sydney this week to take on archrival Sydney FC on Nov. 10.

6. Western Sydney Wanderers

Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers scored another big win, a 2-1 result over Melbourne Heart at Parramatta Stadium. A 27th minute goal by Mark Bridge combined with an own goal by Heart’s Patrick Gerhart in the 50th minute proved to be all the difference.

The Wanderers continue their inaugural season on Nov. 10, hosting the Newcastle Jets.

7. Brisbane Roar

Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar are finding their defense of their A-League hardware to be a difficult one, as they were shut out 1-0 yet again, this time to Adelaide United. Still, it’s early in the season and they have plenty of time to turn things around. The Roar roar into action on Nov. 9 against Melbourne Heart in AAMI Park in Melbourne, Victoria.

8. Melbourne Heart

Josep Tadic tried to spark a comeback in the 57th minute of play, but an own goal by Patrick Gerhart proved to be costly for John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart, who fell 2-1 to the Western Sydney Wanderers. Heart continue their season on Nov. 9, hosting the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.

9. Wellington Phoenix

Despite Jeremy Brockie scoring a brace in the 81st and 92nd minutes of play, it was too little, too late as Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix fell, 3-2, to the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. The Nix continue their season on Nov. 11 against the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

10. Sydney FC

Ian Crook’s Sydney FC sink to the bottom of the View from Avalon’s A-League Power Rankings after a 7-2 waxing by the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. Yairo Yau (8′) and Ali Abbas (54′) scored for a disjointed, understrength Sydney outfit that was missing it top player, Alessandro Del Piero, due to injury.

Sydney have a chance to rectify for their misfortunes on Nov. 10 when they host Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium.

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