Melbourne Victory secured their first win under new coach Jim Magilton with a
2-1 defeat of A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.
The Mariners took the lead after nine minutes through impressive youngster
Tomas Rogic but the Victory levelled seven minutes later thanks to a spectacular
Carlos Hernandez strike.
Harry Kewell, who has described his season to date as "a three and a half out
of ten", then secured the winner on 51 minutes with a well-taken angled volley
and the Mariners' hopes were all but dashed by Trent Sainsbury's sending off
just after the hour mark.
Sainsbury saw red for a studs-up challenge on Fabio.
The win moves the Victory to the brink of the top six, behind the Newcastle
Jets on only goals scored with the Jets due to face Melbourne Heart on Saturday.
The Mariners, unbeaten in 16 games prior to last week's loss to Brisbane, slump
to successive defeats for the first time in over two years and their seven-point
lead at the top will be cut when second-placed Wellington and third-placed
Brisbane meet on Sunday.