Berisha goal sends Brisbane Roar 7 points clear
Ben Sigmund (L) of the Phoenix is tackled by Besart Berisha of Brisbane during the round 10 A-League Wellington Phoenix vs Brisbane Roar football match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on December 14, 2013 - by Marty Melville
The Albanian striker netted in the 90th-minute to deliver Roar a 2-1 come-from-behind win over reigning champions Central Coast Mariners.
Mariners' Mile Sterjovski won and converted a first half penalty before the home side equalised through Brazilian substitute Henrique as a prelude to Berisha's late goal.
Western Sydney Wanderers lost ground on the competition leaders when Newcastle Jets snatched a dramatic a 2-2 draw in Newcastle.
Adam Taggart's goal at the death snared a point for the Jets after he had put the home side in front with a long-range effort in the first half.
Goals from Aaron Mooy and skipper Michael Beauchamp put Wanderers in front before Taggart's late intervention.
Costa Rican duo Carlos Hernandez and Kenny Cunningham returned from international duty with telling effect as Wellington Phoenix beat Adelaide United 2-1 in Auckland.
Hernandez scored from the spot and created the other nearing halftime for Cunningham. Substitute Awer Mabil scored a late consolation for the Reds.
Perth Glory's French international William Gallas suffered yet another injury scare in Friday's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory in Perth.
Gallas, who missed seven games earlier in the season with a calf injury, was substituted in the 84th minute after injuring his left leg in a heavy fall.
Although Victory managed to end their run of consecutive 5-0 defeats, they still appeared to be in a form slump during the 1-1 stalemate.
Melbourne Heart won their first home game under new ownership 2-1 against Sydney FC.
Dutchman Orlando Engelaar's red card after half an hour was quickly followed by Corey Gameiro's opener for Sydney.
But Heart came out from the halftime break with an equaliser through Argentine Jonatan Germano and sealed the win through substitute David Williams' breakaway.