SYDNEY (AP) -- Melbourne City scored twice in the first 10 minutes and beat Newcastle 5-2 on Tuesday, kicking off a midweek holiday round of matches in the A-League.
City, affiliated with English Premier League club Manchester City, went ahead through Aaron Mooy's penalty in the fourth minute and Slovenia international Robert Koren scored the first of his three goals in the ninth minute. Damien Duff's goal in the 24th gave City a 3-0 halftime lead.
Later Tuesday, defending champion Brisbane was to host Sydney FC.
On Wednesday, Adelaide plays Wellington while winless Asian champions Western Sydney hosts Central Coast on Thursday.
The match of the round is set for Friday when Melbourne Victory hosts first-placed Perth. The Victory trails the Glory by four points after 12 rounds.