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.
The Melbourne derby fizzled out to a goalless stalemate.