Terry Antonis and James Troisi fired Melbourne Victory to a 2-1 A-League win over Newcastle Jets.
Troisi thundered home after Antonis' silky opener and Kaine Sheppard's reply in a grand final rematch at AAMI Park on Saturday night.
The game played out similarly to last May's championship game - a tight affair that Victory were lucky to edge.
Victory's two goals were their only shots on target, demonstrating both a performance well below the title winners' best and Lewis Italiano's poor goalkeeping.
Newcastle marquee player Ronald Vargas was sent off in controversial circumstances as Melbourne City consigned the Jets to more A-League pain at AAMI Park.
The red card midway through Sunday evening's first half set the course for an action-packed 2-1 City victory, the hosts recovering after goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic's nightmare start left them trailing in the opening minutes.
Riley McGree converted from the penalty spot in the 25th minute when a Luke Brattan corner deflected off Vargas's arm.
Newcastle's season of frustration continued as Brisbane avoided a club record sixth consecutive loss with a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at McDonald Jones Stadium on Wednesday night.
Dimi Petratos put Newcastle ahead on five minutes when he pounced on a loose pass from former Jet Jacob Pepper, beat two defenders and powered his left-foot shot past Jamie Young.
The Jets had seven shots to Brisbane's zero on target in the first half but the visitors held on before Adam Taggart equalised from Connor...
A stoppage-time penalty from Craig Goodwin broke the hearts of Newcastle as Adelaide United scored a 2-1 win on Sunday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Roy O'Donovan looked to have secured the Jets a deserved point in the 75th minute of the round 10 game when he scored his first goal since serving a 10-week suspension.
Jets captain Nigel Boogaard, though, gave the visitors the winning chance when he took down Ryan Kitto in the 90th minute, and Goodwin converted from the spot.
Adelaide went ahead...