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National Youth League wrap - Round 17

Round 17 of the National Youth League provided some interesting results on the weekend.

Perth Glory jumped into finals contention with a 5-2 drubbing of bottom-placed Newcastle Jets thanks to an Anthony Skorich hat-trick and a double from first team striker Adrian Trinidad.

The Glory took an unassailable 4-0 lead into the break before goals from Ben Martin and Patrick Wheeler restored some pride for the battered Jets.

Skorich rounded out his hat-trick a minute from time to give the Glory a superb win.

Melbourne Victory let a one goal lead slip to the Central Coast Mariners who kept their finals aspirations alive by recording a 2-1 win.

The Victory went ahead in the ninth minute through captain Mathew Theodore but the lead was cancelled a minute later when Daniel Taylor netted.

Despite fielding a strong line-up including Grant Brebner, Evan Berger, Leigh Broxham and Steven Pace, the Victory could not muster enough forward forays as the Mariners scored a late winner courtesy of Matthew Lewis.

Berger was sent off in the 53rd minute for a second bookable offence as Greg Owens and Paul O'Grady returned to action for the Mariners after being sidelined by injury.

The top two teams, Sydney FC and Queensland Roar fought out a 1-1 draw at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane.

Isaka Cernak opened the scoring for the Roar in the 59th minute before an equaliser five minutes later Robbie Mileski rounded out the scoring for the match.

The Sky Blues remain runaway leaders atop of the table, six points clear of the Roar who are four points clear of third-placed Adelaide United who had the bye.

Andrew Slevison
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