- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) - Sydney FC scored three goals in the final 30 minutes to overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat their often bitter city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in Australia’s A-League on Saturday.

Japan international Shinji Ono gave the second-place Wanderers a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute before Matthew Jurman equalized nine minutes later.

Richard Garcia put Sydney FC ahead in the 75th minute before Ali Abbas scored on a penalty three minutes into injury time to clinch the win, marking the first time Sydney FC has won this season after giving up the first goal.

Earlier Saturday, the Newcastle Jets beat Melbourne Heart 1-0, courtesy of 20-year-old striker Adam Taggart’s 53rd-minute goal - his 11th of the season, moving him to the top of the scoring charts.

Newcastle coach Clayton Zane said Taggart should be in Australia’s plans for the World Cup.

“He has to be a bolter for Brazil,” Zane said. “I would take that type of player just to give him the experience because he’s going to be in the national set-up for some time.”

Melbourne Victory improved their playoff chances with a scrappy 3-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners. A late Kosta Barbarouses goal and James Troisi penalty settled the match after Jimmy Jeggo put the Victory ahead and Zac Anderson equalized for the Mariners.

On Sunday, the Brisbane Roar will attempt to increase their first-place lead to 10 points over the Wanderers when they host Adelaide. The Wellington Phoenix play Perth in the New Zealand capital to conclude the 22nd round.

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