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Football: Wanderers reclaim second spot as Roar win premiership

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Brisbane Roar clinched the A-League premiership this weekend but the race is still on for second spot with three rounds remaining in the regular season.

Western Sydney Wanderers maintained their undefeated record on Sunday against Perth with a 3-0 victory that ended any hope Glory had of an A-League finals spot this season.

The Wanderers needed to win to leapfrog Melbourne Victory, who went down to a stoppage-time goal to Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

The Wanderers ended their three-game winless run with goals from Jerome Polenz, Mark Bridge and Tomi Juric at Parramatta Stadium to reclaim second spot on the ladder.

With his side playing their fifth game in 15 days, coach Tony Popovic made nine changes to the side that started in Wednesday's Champions League victory over Kawasaki Frontale.

The Wanderers trail Roar by 10 points after midfielder Luke Brattan blasted a goal in stoppage time to hand Brisbane the 2013-14 A-League premiership with a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory in Brisbane Saturday.

With the Victory holding on desperately, Brattan unleashed a thumping 25-metre volley to ensure his team finished first past the post for the second time in their history.

Dutchman Orlando Engelaar scored a spectacular goal but it wasn't enough to save Melbourne Heart from a 2-1 defeat to the league's 2013 champions Central Coast Mariners in Melbourne on Sunday.

Heart's marquee Dutchman struck a wonder goal from inside his own half to open the scoring. But Central Coast won through a first-half injury-time goal to South Korean Kim Seung-yong and a 77th-minute winner by Bernie Ibini.

Engelaar's 55-metre lob looked destined for the net as soon as he'd kicked it and was a stunning display of skill from the former Netherlands international.

Adam Taggart scored twice as the Newcastle Jets moved into outright sixth place with a 5-0 romp over the Wellington Phoenix at home on Saturday.

English strikers Emile Heskey and Michael Bridges also scored, along with Joel Griffiths, as Newcastle took advantage of an understrength Phoenix to rack up their biggest win in the league.

Adelaide United's Argentine maestro Marcelo Carrusca pulled the strings in a 3-1 triumph against Sydney FC on Friday which lifted the Reds to fifth on the standings.

Carrusca created goals for Fabio Ferreira and Sergio Cirio. Sydney's Matt Thompson scored before Adelaide's Bruce Djite sealed the win three minutes from full-time.

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