In Kevin Muscat's 500th league appearance, the Victory could not get over the line at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night but kept their three-point lead on top of the table intact.
In other Round 20 matches, Adelaide United were held to a 1-1 draw by Wellington on Friday night, the Brisbane Roar saluted in a thriller against Central Coast Mariners, Gold Coast United returned to form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Perth Glory and Newcastle leapt to fourth on the table after producing their fourth win on the trot, defeating North Queensland Fury.
Central Coast Mariners: 2 (Nicky TRAVIS 34', Dylan MACALLISTER 76') Brisbane Roar: 3 (Tommy OAR 10', Sergio VAN DIJK 22', Matt McKAY 90') Venu: Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Crowd: 5,684 Yellow cards:CCM - Pedj BOJIC 90' BR - Matt MCKAY 47'
Newcastle Jets: 3 (Chris TADROSSE (og) 25', Jin-Hyung SONG 38', Sasho PETROVSKI 83') North Queensland Fury: 2 (Dyron DAAL 44'/61') Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Crowd: 7,026 Yellow Cards:NJ - Nil NQF - Nil
Gold Coast United: 2 (Shane SMELTZ 4', Charlie MILLER 76') Perth Glory: 0 Venue:Skilled Park, Robina Crowd: 4,310 Yellow Cards:GCU - Steve PANTELIDIS 40', Charlie MILLER 69', Andrew BARISIC 90' PG - Andy TODD 20', Mile STERJOVSKI 62', Jamie COYNE 65', Wayne SRHOJ 75'