Perth Glory maintained their dominance and their spot at the top with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
In one of the biggest games of the season, it was a battle of the best two sides in the competition.
It was a cagey opening to the match but both sides tried to test each other's defence with some quick tempo and fight for dominance.
As the game progressed, Perth looked the more threatening side but weren't able to find the back of the net, whilst Victory struggled for chances and found it tough to make a breakthrough.
Despite Perth's efforts, the scoreline remained 0-0 at half-time. But following a handball by Corey Brown in the 59th minute, Neil Kilkenny added the killer blow to open the scoring.
Then, in a piece of brillance, Chris Ikonomidis crossed the ball in, despite having defenders on his tail, for El Maestro, Diego Castro to freakishly add to the advantage and edge their way closer to the Premiers Plate.
After some substitutions, there was a shift in proceedings as Kosta Barbarouses finished nicely past Liam Reddy to give the boys in blue a lifeline.
Victory bossed the possession late in the second period, but Perth held on and were always dangerous in transition.
Lawrence Thomas (GK) - 6.5
Was fairly tested but nothing to harm the Victory custodian. Denied Ikonomidis in the second half when he parried away the shot.
Storm Roux - 5
Cut in to deny the ball reaching Ikonomidis in a vital moment near the end of the half.
Thomas Deng - 6
Was able to steer away danger throughout the game.
Leigh Broxham - 7.5
Was one of Victory's best on the day, great anticipation in defence. Perfect pass despite being off balance to thread it through to assist Barbarouses.
Corey Brown - 3
Miscued passes, handball in box to give away penalty.
Raul Baena - 2
Really not his best match, looked frustrated.