Brisbane beats Perth 3-0 in A-League


SYDNEY (AP) -- Second-place Brisbane beat Perth 3-0 to move within three points of leaders Central Coast in Australian football's A-League.

Albanian striker Besart Berisha scored twice, lifting his season tally to 15 goals, and Henrique also scored for Brisbane before being shown a red card in the 65th minute for slapping Perth captain Jacob Burns in the face after being on the receiving end of an accidental elbow.

Brisbane held on with 10 men to post its 12th win of the season.

Central Coast lost 1-0 to the host Melbourne Heart in the last match of the round on Sunday, with Eli Babalj scoring the only goal in the 50th minute.

The Roar also moved five points clear of third-place Wellington, which beat Sydney FC 1-0. Newcastle beat Adelaide 1-0 to move up to fifth while last-placed Gold Coast and the Melbourne Victory drew 1-1.

The Roar won despite the absence of midfielder Thomas Broich with a shoulder injury. Brisbane lost five straight matches when Broich was out of action earlier in the season, but showed greater adaptability on Saturday.

Henrique scored the opening goal in the 21st minute before Berisha's double sealed Brisbane's victory at Perth. Berisha scored his first in the 59th, trapping Henrique's cross in the box and holding off defender Bas van den Brink before sending the ball past Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic.

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou said Henrique should not have retaliated to Burns' elbow despite the provocation.

"I'm not a fan of that sort of stuff, goading people into doing things," Postecoglou said.

"All I saw was a bit of a replay and seen afterwards Jacob got pretty close to Ricky. You'd like to think people would just walk away from stuff like that, but obviously (Burns) sucked Ricky in and Ricky reacted and got punished, and rightly so. Once you raise your hands it's a red card."

Wellington recorded its fourth away win of the season, a club record, and its first win in Sydney since 2008. Paul Ifill scored the only goal as Wellington stopped Sydney's hunt for a third straight win, damaging its playoff hopes.

Former Millwall striker Ifill scored in the 13th minute when he latched onto Tony Lochhead's floated cross into the box and steered a firm header beyond goalkeeper Ivan Necevski.

"It was important that we stopped the losses quickly and it was all about getting the three points tonight," Wellington coach Ricki Herbert said.