Scores ended level between Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners in a thrilling end-to-end match at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

Western Sydney sought the long ball early in the first half while the Mariners seemed content on holding possession at the back.

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Jumpei Kusumaki had the first glimpses of goal but was flagged offside after a well placed through ball from Roly Bonevacia.

Oriol Riera nearly continued his goal scoring form shortly after weaving past several yellow shirts, but was denied by Mariners’ keeper Tommy Glover from close range.

The pace of the game was turned up a notch midway through the first half as each team took turns on the counter attack.

The pressure from the Mariners eventually resulted in a 21st minute goal for the side. Andrew Hoole managed to get a shot away from inside the box, which should have been easily handled by Vedran Janjetovic, the Wanderers keeper instead fumbled the ball to the  of Felix Asdrubal who tucked it away.

The Wanderers were eventually awarded an opportunity to equalize in the 37th minute, after Wout Brama brought down Bonevacia in the box for a challenge referee Chris Beath deemed worthy of a penalty.

Riera stepped up to the task, the Spaniard calmly placing his shot in the bottom right past a diving Glover to level the scores.

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The Mariners continued to press forward late in the second half as Storm Roux cutback to allow Daniel De Silva a chance. Connor Pain and Andrew Hoole were also in on the action, but were unable to finish their opportunities meaning the half would end with scores level.

The second half started with Connor Pain getting behind a volley from a corner which was well blocked by Raul Llorente.

Central Coast Mariners would again take the lead in the 63rd minute after De Silva skilfully tucked away a goal in the bottom left, his goal coming from an impeccable long range pass from Hoole.

Six minutes later scores were once again levelled as Bonevacia powered his shot into the back of the net after Glover pushed away a cross from Joshua Risdon.

Brendon Santalab made his 100th appearance for the club after subbing on for Roly Bonevacia in the 83rd minute.

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The Wanderers surged as the game drew to a close, aiming to take advantage of a ten man Central Coast side when Hoole was shown the red for his leaping challenge.

Neither side could find the winning goal as the counter attacks continued to full time.

Western Sydney Wanderers head into the much anticipated Sydney derby next week, while the Mariners take on Perth glory.

Western Sydney Wanderers ( 21′ ASDRUVAL Felix 69′ Bonevacia)
Central Coast Mariners ( 37′ RIERA, 63′ De Silva)

Spotless Stadium (11,650)

Referee: Chris BEATH
Assistant Referees: Owen GOLDRICK & Greg TAYLOR
Fourth Official: Adrian ARNDT

Western Sydney Wanderers

15. BACCUS Kearyn, 8. BONEVACIA Rolieny, 10. CEJUDO Alvaro, 18. CORNTHWAITE Robert, 25. HERD Christopher, 20. JANJETOVIC Vedran (gk), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 24. LLORENTE Raul, 9. RIERA Oriol, 4. RISDON Joshua, 33. THWAITE Michael

Substitutes: 19. BRIDGE Mark, 30. HALL John (gk), 5. HAMILL Brendan, 6. MELLING Jacob, 11. SANTALAB Brendon

Central Coast Mariners

23. BRAMA Wout, 15. CALABUIG Alan Baro, 10. DE SILVA Daniel, 18. GLOVER Thomas (gk) 5. GOLEC Antony, 9. HERNANDEZ Felix Asdruval Padron, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 11. PAIN Connor, 3. ROSE Joshua, 2. ROUX Storm

Substitutes

13. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena, 17. BINGHAM Josh, 1. KENNEDY Ben (gk), 4. MCGING Jake, 16. ROSE Liam

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