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Football: Ono winner pushes Wanderers one point off lead

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Japanese star Shinji Ono scored the winner as Western Sydney Wanderers climbed to one point off the competition lead in their debut season in Australia's A-League this weekend.

Ono pounced on a rebound in the 72nd minute to net his sixth goal of the season and what proved to be the winner for the Wanderers in a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory before almost 22,000 fans in Melbourne on Saturday.

It was the sixth straight win for Tony Popovic's Wanderers and pushed them to within a point of leaders Central Coast Mariners, who went down 2-1 in an upset to Glory in Perth.

The Mariners were on track for victory after Bernie Ibini's 13th-minute strike but goals either side of half-time by Travis Dodd and Shane Smeltz secured all three points for the Glory.

It was a sweet end to a week for Glory that started with the sacking of coach Ian Ferguson and ended with interim coach Alistair Edwards enjoying a winning start to his tenure at the helm.

Sydney FC's charge to the finals gathered steam as a 2-1 win over Adelaide United followed the signing of Socceroos captain Lucas Neill on Saturday.

Second half goals to youngsters Terry Antonis and Blake Powell delivered a deserved victory for Alessandro Del Piero's team in front of 15,602 fans.

The fifth straight home win -- a club record -- ensured Sydney climbed into fifth spot and came just hours after the Sky Blues beat Melbourne Heart to sign veteran defender Neill for the rest of the season.

Newcastle had a 2-0 win over fellow top-six contenders Melbourne Heart at home on Friday.

England international Emile Heskey and Ryan Griffiths scored in each half as the Jets climbed back into the top six with their first win in five games.

A first A-League goal by Steven Lustica, and Albanian striker Besart Berisha's 33rd for the club, helped take the heat off Brisbane's newly-signed coach Mike Mulvey on Sunday.

Mulvey's two-year appointment on Friday didn't go down well with everyone, with the defending champions struggling to make the finals, but the 2-0 win over Wellington went some way to help his cause.

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