- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

SYDNEY (AP) - Forward Jamie Maclaren scored three goals Saturday to lead the Brisbane Roar to a 5-0 win over the Melbourne Victory and into first place in the A-League.

The emphatic home victory moved Brisbane two points clear of Adelaide United and three ahead of Melbourne City and the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Earlier Saturday, Wellington scored three first-half goals and went on to beat Sydney FC 3-1, damaging Sydney’s chances of making the six-team playoffs.

Blake Powell scored in the 12th minute, Hamish Watson two minutes later and Roly Bonevacia just before halftime for the Phoenix. Filip Holosko scored Sydney’s only goal in the 51st minute.

Sydney remains a point behind Perth for the sixth and final playoff spot with four rounds remaining after this weekend.



On Sunday, Western Sydney will have a chance to move level on points with the Roar with a win over Newcastle.

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