- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) - Sydney FC beat Central Coast 3-1 to top Australian football’s A-League, moving ahead of two unlikely pursuers in Newcastle and Brisbane who were also convincing winners in the weekend’s fourth round.

Brisbane and Newcastle both began the season with futures clouded by financial concerns but have three wins from four games.

Newcastle rallied from 2-0 down to beat Melbourne City, a week after beating defending champion the Melbourne Victory, while Brisbane crushed Adelaide 3-0 to move to second with a 10-5 goal differential.

Sydney remained unbeaten after four rounds with three wins and a draw. Their win over 10-man Central Coast was sealed by Matt Simon who scored two late goals against his former club.

Simon came off the bench to score twice in the last eight minutes as Sydney exploited the numerical advantage it gained when Nick Fitzgerald was shown a second yellow card seven minutes before halftime.

Kiwi striker Shane Smeltz had given Sydney the lead in the 34th minute but Central Coast equalized within a minute through Roy O’Donovan. Fitzgerald’s dismissal handed Sydney a decisive advantage in a feisty match but it wasn’t able to break down the Mariner’s defense until Simon scored in the 82nd and 88th minutes.

Slovakia’s Filip Holosko was instrumental in the first and second goals while Michael Tavares created the last with an outstanding break down the right flank.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold, who also coached Simon at Central Coast, urged Simon to show what the Mariners lost when they refused him a contract this season.

“When I brought him on I just said to him ‘I know the scene is set. The scene is set for you’,” Arnold said. “He said ‘don’t worry, I’ll go out and win it for you’.

“I’m happy that’s what happened for him because he’s had a really bad year. I received a phone call from him in the middle of August saying nobody in the A-League wanted him.

“He even offered his services to the Mariners for minimum wage just to stay to the Coast because he loved this club so much. And they turned him away. I know how it feels for him because he was looking forward to this game for a long time.”

Brandon Borello scored his second goal in stoppage time to clinch Brisbane’s win over Adelaide. Borello opened the scoring in the ninth minute and added his second in the 93rd minute for his second double in a fortnight.

Jamie Maclaren had helped seal the three points with Brisbane’s second in the 79th minute.

Serbian striker Milos Trifunovic scored in the 74th and 80th minutes to lead Newcastle’s rally against Melbourne City.

Goals from Aaron Mooy and Stefan Mauk gave City a 2-0 lead after 22 minutes but Ben Kantarovski launched Newcastle’s comeback when he scored in the 58th minute. Trifunovic’s double then completed Newcastle’s revival.

“I think he might be the buy of the season,” Newcastle coach Scott Miller said. “Every performance is giving us a great framework to continue our development as a team and rebuilding of the club.”

Western Sydney ise due to play Perth on Sunday and Melbourne City faces Wellington on Monday.

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