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Adelaide United assert authority on the A-League in Week 8

Last season's wooden spooners Adelaide United asserted their authority on the A-League with another strong win on the weekend.

The Reds swept to their fifth win in eight matches when they defeated the Perth Glory 2-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium thanks to a Sergio van Dijk double, allowing them to go six points clear at the summit.

The inclusion of new Dutch coach Rini Coolen has so far proved to be a masterstroke move by the Adelaide board as they remain the only undefeated side in the competition ahead of Monday's clash with bottom-placed club Sydney FC.

In other Week A-League news, Wellington Phoenix stretched their unbeaten run at Westpac Stadium to 23 matches when they defeated North Queensland Fury 2-1 on Friday night, whilst the Brisbane Roar recorded the biggest win of the season thus far when they demolished new club Melbourne Heart 4-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

The other Saturday night game involved Newcastle Jets ansd Melbourne Victory who played out a scoreless draw and Sydney FC were held to a 1-1 draw by Gold Coast United on Sunday.

Wellington Phoenix:2 (Chris Greenacre 3', Leo Bertos 12') North Queensland Fury: 1 (Mark Hughes 67') Westpac Stadium, Wellington Friday, 24 September 2010 Referee: Peter O'Leary Crowd: 7,212 Yellow cards:WP - Vince Lia 37'/65', Leo Bertos 59', Ben Sigmund 65', Daniel 69' NQF - Ufuk Talay 65', Brett Studman 75' Red card:WP - Vince Lia 65'

Adelaide United:2 (Sergio Van Dijk 70'/73'(pen)) Perth Glory: 0 Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Friday, 24 September 2010 Referee: Matthew Breeze Crowd: 13,310 Yellow cards:AU - Robert Cornthwaite 44', Paul Reid 65' PG - Jamie Coyne 38'/75', Tando Velaphi 73' Red card:PG - Jamie Coyne 75'

Brisbane Roar:4 (Kosta Barbarouses 24', Erik Paartalu 38', Reinaldo 47' (pen), Mitch Nichols 76') Melbourne Heart: 0 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Saturday, 25 September 2010 Referee: Chris Boyle Crowd: 6,342 Yellow cards:BR - REINALDO 54', Mitch NICHOLS 76', Shane STEFANUTTO 89' MH - Dean HEFFERNAN 47', 54', Alex TERRA 79', Josip SKOKO 81' Red card:MH - Dean HEFFERNAN 54'

Newcastle Jets: 0 Melbourne Victory: 0 EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Saturday, 25 September 2010 Referee: Chris Beath Crowd: 8,652

Yellow cardsNJ - Ruben ZADKOVICH 42' MV - Surat Sukha 18', Robbie KRUSE 35', Billy CELESKI 79'

Sydney FC: 1 (Bruno Cazarine 20') Gold Coast United: 1 (Bruce Djite 45') Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Sunday, 26 September 2010 Referee:Ben WilliamsCrowd: 9,977 Yellow cardsSYD - Alex Brosque 36', Shannon Cole 45' GCU - Kristian Rees 32', Michael Thwaite 65' Red card:GCU - John Curtis 68'

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