- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) - Western Sydney took over top spot in the A-League by beating the Brisbane Roar 2-1 thanks to Mitch Nicholls’ late goal on Saturday.

Mark Bridge gave the Wanderers the lead after half an hour, and Jamie Maclaren equalized for Brisbane seven minutes later.

Midfielder Nicholls took a couple of touches outside the box before unleashing a shot that left diving Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young clutching for air, giving Nicholls his fifth goal of the season.

The Wanderers have a three-point edge over the Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

Also, the Wellington Phoenix defeated the Victory 2-0.

Goals by Roy Krishna and Roly Bonevacia in the first half helped to move the Phoenix into sixth place, five points behind the Wanderers.

On Friday, third-place Sydney FC beat Newcastle 1-0.

On Sunday, Perth travels to Adelaide to complete the ninth round.

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