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A-League finals race taking shape as Melbourne Victory downs Newcastle Jets

James Troisi struck in the final 10 minutes to keep up the Victory's chase of A-League leaders Perth Glory.
Melbourne City won their third consecutive game thanks to Ritchie De Laet's winner.
A pigeon was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time as Melbourne City took on Brisbane Roar.

Melbourne Victory's tight 2-1 defeat of Newcastle is a crucial win in the context of the A-League title race.

Victory star James Troisi's unstoppable Saturday night strike, just four minutes from time, kept his team in touch with runaway leaders Perth, already three points clear.

But that same strike had dire consequences further down the table, with the Jets battling to stay in touch with the top six.

The gulf between sixth-placed Adelaide United and seventh-placed Newcastle is already seven...

Kevin Muscat has 'nothing but admiration' for Melbourne Victory's depth

Melbourne Victory take all three points with a late winner from Ola Toivonen in the 86th minute.
Adelaide and Wellington played out a nil-all draw as both sides remain a win away from fourth place.
Alex Brosque scored a hat trick against the Central Coast Mariners to send Sydney FC top of the table in the A-League.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has hailed the depth of his roster after claiming their first win of A-League season without marquee Keisuke Honda.

Questions might have asked of the defending champions after they won five straight but drew their past two matches with the Japan international on the sidelines.

However Muscat's side responded with a fighting 2-1 win over Western Sydney on Saturday night, with fellow import Ola Toivonen netting a historic brace.

It was the fifth time the Swede...