SYDNEY (AP) – Harry Kewell scored on a left-footed downward volley six minutes from halftime to give the Melbourne Victory a 2-1 win over the first-place Central Coast Mariners in Australia's A-League.
Carlos Hernandez leveled for the Victory in the 16th minute on Friday after Tomas Rogic gave the Mariners a ninth-minute lead.
Former Northern Ireland midfielder Jim Magilton celebrated his first win as coach in his sixth match with the Victory.
''We got a goal behind, we showed great character, we passed the ball well,'' Magilton said. ''We haven't won a second half this year, and we won the second half.''
The Mariners are still five points clear of the second-place Brisbane Roar, who moved ahead of Wellington with a 2-0 win over the Phoenix in the New Zealand capital on Sunday. Adelaide beat Gold Coast 2-1 in the other Sunday match.
Elsewhere, Newcastle beat the Melbourne Heart 3-0 and Sydney FC edged Perth 2-1.
At Newcastle, goals by Jeremy Brockie, Ryan Griffiths and Michael Bridges against the Heart gave the Jets their third win in a row.
Marquee player Brett Emerton led Sydney FC to only their fourth home win of the season. The former Blackburn skipper, back from injury, scored the first goal and set up Brazilian import Bruno Cazarine for the second, while Billy Mehmet scored in the final minutes for the Glory.
Former English Premier League midfielder Dwight Yorke says he's interested in the Sydney FC coaching job, which will be vacated at the end of the season by Vitezslav Lavicka.
Yorke, who played for Sydney in 2005-06 when it won the inaugural A-League, told The Sunday Telegraph that ''I've been there as a player and know what success is all about in Sydney ... I'm absolutely interested.''
The 40-year-old Yorke played 232 matches for Aston Villa and 95 for Manchester United before shifting to Blackburn, Birmingham City and Sunderland. He has also played 72 internationals for Trinidad and Tobago, scoring 19 goals.
Yorke will soon begin a role as assistant coach with Manchester United's reserve team.