Four pre-season friendlies for A-League clubs saw a total of 17 goals as strikers unleashed their shooting boots, while Melbourne City needed extra time to get past Oakleigh Cannons.
Central Coast Mariners dominated their match against Charlestown City Blues in a convincing 5-0 win with a brace from from Jai Ingham before goals from Josh Nisbet, Lewis Miller and Tommy Oar.
Sydney also cruised to a 3-0 win over St George City with the new attacking force of Kosta Barbarouses and Adam Le Fondre working together to get a goal each and an assist from new signing Alexander Baumjohann, with Luke Ivanovic supplying the third.
Coach Steve Corica was keen to fit the friendly in ahead of Sydney flying to China on Saturday morning to play Paris St Germain next Wednesday in a friendly, before returning to face Robbie Fowler's new look Brisbane Roar at Leichhardt Oval in the FFA Cup the following week.
Barbarouses said he was delighted to get his first goal for the Sky Blues since his move from Melbourne Victory.
“It was great," he said. "It’s only been a couple of games but it’s always good to get that first one which builds confidence ahead of our really exciting game against PSG
“I felt pretty good out there. We faced a different problem with the opposition setting up a little bit defensively and a bit deeper, so we had to find some other solutions and we got some good work in the legs today."
Corica added: "There were a lot of positives out of the game, a lot of the boys got 75 minutes tonight and we scored three very good goals.
"Each game we’re getting better and the boys have been working hard at training so they’re probably a little bit heavy but overall it was a good performance.”
In Melbourne, Connor Metcalfe opened the scoring for City against Oakleigh in a see-saw match where equalisers from Jamie Maclaren and Lachy Wales forced the game into extra time before a 120th minute spotkick by Moudi Najjar settled the game for the A-League side.
And in Perth, coach Tony Popovic kept up his winning ways with an second half goal from youngster Nicholas Walsh putting Glory ahead of Perth SC before another from Joel Chianese with 10 minutes left on the clock put the game beyond reach.