The Victory bounced back from their disappointing derby loss to the Heart last Friday by dismantling a hapless Sky Blues outfit who are currently experiencing a form crisis.
Reigning A-League Player of the Year Carlos Hernandez was back in touch with a superb display in midfield for the victors who indicated that a climb up the ladder may be imminent.
In other matches, North Queensland Fury consigned the Perth Glory to a fifth-straight defeat thanks to a 70th minute David Williams goal to make it 2-1 on Friday night whilst Brisbane Roar overcame a tardy start to draw 1-1 with Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
Sunday saw Wellington Phoenix notch up a new record of 24 matches unbeaten at home when they drew 2-2 with the Melbourne Heart at Westpac Stadium as Gold Coast United and league leaders Adelaide United played out a scoreless draw in front of a paltry 2,000 fans at Skilled Park.
North Queensland Fury:2 (Chris PAYNE 16', David WILLIAMS 70') Perth Glory: 1 (Michael BAIRD 21') Friday, 15 October 2010 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Referee: Gerard Parsons Crowd: 4,011 Yellow cards:NQF - nil PG - Jamie COYNE 52', Naum SEKULOVSKI 64', Michael BAIRD 85'
Melbourne Victory:3 (Rodrigo VARGAS '20, Carlos HERNANDEZ '49, Robbie KRUSE '90) Sydney FC: 0 Saturday, 16 October 2010 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Referee:Ben WilliamsCrowd: 17,229 Yellow Cards:MV - Billy CELESKI '58 SYD - Scott JAMIESON 90'+1
Brisbane Roar: 1 (REINALDO 77') Newcastle Jets: 1 (Matt SMITH 18' (og)) Saturday, 16 October 2010 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Referee: Jarred Gillett Crowd 10,191 Yellow cards:BR - Milan SUSAK 28', Shane STEFANUTTO 57', Matt SMITH 66' NJ - Ruben ZADKOVICH 24', Ljubo MILICEVIC 35', Tarek ELRICH 55', Kasey WEHRMAN 61'
Wellington Phoenix: 2 (Chris GREENACRE 6', Leo BERTOS 59') Melbourne Heart: 2 (John ALOISI 14', Matt THOMPSON 36') Sunday, 17 October 2010 Westpac Stadium, Wellington Referee: Matt Breeze Crowd: 5,211 Yellow cards:WP - Paul IFILL 79' MH - Simon COLOSIMO 44'