Perth Glory held on with 10 men for the majority of the game to beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 and bring an end to their winless A-League run.
Richard Garcia’s side had lost three and drawn two of their previous five games but raced two goals ahead at HBF Park inside 24 minutes.
Ciaran Bramwell marked his second start for Glory with his maiden goal, the 19-year-old placing a shot away from Lewis Italiano after Osama Malik smartly dummied Bruno Fornaroli’s centre.
The hosts added a second soon after as Darryl Lachman headed Neil Kilkenny’s corner down and away from Italiano for his own first goal for the club.
Glory have dropped 10 points from winning positions in 2020-21, the most of any team in the division, and they gave the Jets a lifeline when Jonathan Aspropotamitis was sent off for a challenge on Ramy Najjarine 10 minutes before half-time.
Roy O’Donovan gave Glory a scare when hitting the crossbar and went one better by flicking in Nikolai Topor-Stanley’s cross with a sublime volleyed finished on the hour mark.
Further chances fell the way of O’Donovan, including a sweeping shot that just missed the far post, but the Jets could not find a leveller and have now lost five A-League games in a row.
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Saturday’s other A-League match saw bottom side Melbourne Victory hold table-topping Central Coast Mariners to a 1-1 draw.
Victory had lost their past four matches, conceding 17 goals in the process, but they took the lead at Central Coast Stadium through Callum McManaman’s 20th-minute strike.
The former Wigan Athletic midfielder brought down a quickly taken free-kick, knocked the ball past Kye Rowles and slotted past Mark Birighitti into the far-left corner.
But the Mariners have gained more points from losing positions than any other A-League team this season and were on level terms with half an hour played through Marcos Urena’s close-range finish following some fine wing play from Daniel Bouman.
Oliver Bozanic and Elvis Kamsoba went closest to snatching a winner for their respective sides, but the second half ended goalless, opening the door for Melbourne City to potentially overtake the Mariners at the summit next week.
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