A ludicrous first half involving five goals and a red card gave way to a calmer second as Sydney held onto their narrow lead.
Perth recovered after going behind early to Andrew Durante’s rather unorthodox goal.
Kevin Muscat’s first game in charge of Melbourne Victory was a win over his former mentor, Ernie Merrick.
Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners is often touted as an interstate derby, but in recent years the trend has been for it to be quite a ‘tactical’ battle.
Shinji Ono scored one and created one in a scrappy derby.
Nick Fitzgerald’s second minute goal was enough to separate the two sides.
A goalless stalemate suited the dour nature of this match.
Ernie Merrick’s early change helped the Phoenix gain a point after being overrun in the opening minutes.
Melbourne Victory came from behind in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
Despite finishing with nine men, Adelaide’s two goal cushion was enough for an opening round win.