Former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler converted a penalty on his A-League debut at the weekend but was unable the prevent his new side North Queensland Fury going down 3-2 to Sydney FC in the season opener.
Indeed it was another former Premierhsip striker, John Aloisi, who was the hero for Sydney as he helped himself to a brace, including a late winner.
Sydney raced into a two goal lead thanks to Aloisi and Kofi Danning, however a strike from Rostyn Griffiths and Fowler’s spot kick brought the Fury level at 2-2.
The sides weren’t level for long though as former Coventry and Portsmouth man Aloisi bagged a penalty of his own 17 minutes from time to take all three points.
The league had kicked off the night before as Central Coast defeated Melbourne Victory 2-0 thanks to a Matt Simon effort and an own goal by Rodrigo Vargas.
Current champions Melbourne were left stunned as the visiting Mariners scored both goals in the opening 15 minutes and never looked back.
Reigning A-League Player of the Year Shane Smeltz picked up from where he left off last year as his early strike set new boys Gold Coast on their way to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Queensland rivals Brisbane Roar.
Captain Jason Culina and Brazilian Robson also got on the scoresheet, with Roar’s sole response coming from Sergio Van Dijk.
It took a controversial penalty decision decide the game between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Glory defender Chris Coyne was harshly deemed to have fouled Robert Cornthwaite in the area and Travis Dodd converted from the spot to give last seasons’ runners up the win.
Having finished bottom the ladder last year, Newcastle got their campaign off to a good start, overcoming the Wellington Phoenix 3-2.
A strike six minutes from time by substitute Jason Naidovski gave the Jets victory in a closely fought contest.