Central Coast Mariners dominated Sydney FC and came out on top 2-0 to win their first victory of the season.

Former Sky Blues midfielder Andrew Hoole came back to haunt one of his former sides as he capitalised on Sydney’s customary slow start.

Central Coast compounded Sydney’s defensive errors and the visitors were a shade of their former selves as they fell to their first loss of the 2017/18 A-League campaign.

Both sides began the encounter cautiously and neither side made any inroads into the opposition’s half.

The opening 15 minutes saw the ball remain in the middle third of the pitch with both sides looking to take control of the centre of the park.

Mariners’ striker Asdrubal showcased his talent as his through ball fell perfectly to an unmarked Hoole who slotted past an outstretched Andrew Redmayne for the first goal of the encounter.

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Central Coast continued their fine start to the match as they tested Sydney FC’s resolve and pushed their way into the Sky Blues’ defensive third.

 

The Mariners took control of first half proceedings against a lacklustre Sydney and they entered the break with a slim advantage thanks to Hoole’s effort.

Graham Arnold’s side came out firing in the second half and they came close to finding the equaliser as they had an effort cleared off the line.

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As the hour mark approached, Mariners doubled their lead as Jake McGing’s header struck the crossbar and dropped kindly into Redmayne’s goal.

With the second half wearing on the Sky Blues continued to test the hosts as they looked to reduce the two-goal deficit.

Paul Okon’s men remained strong and came close to adding a third as Kwabena Appiah-Kubi came within inches of making contact with Hoole’s driven cross.

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With under 10 minutes remaining Mariners’ captain Alan Baro was given his marching orders after earning his second booking and the hosts were reduced to 10 men with just over 5 minutes to play.

However Paul Okon’s men maintained steady and they held on for a rare clean sheet and an unlikely victory over last season’s champions.

 

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Hoole 19’, McGing 56’)

Sydney FC 0

 

Central Coast Stadium (7,873)

Referee: Adam Kersey

Assistant Referees: James Tesoriero and Matthew McOrist

Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

 

Central Coast Mariners

1.KENNEDY Ben (gk), 3. ROSE Joshua 4. MCGING Jake, 5. GOLEC Antony, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 9. ASDRUBAL, 10. DE SILVA Daniel, 11. PAIN Connor, 15. BARO Alan (c), 23. BRAMA Wout.

Substitutes: 12. BUHAGIAR Trent, 13. APPIAH-KUBI Kwabena, 14. BERRY Adam, 16. ROSE Liam, 20. PEARCE Adam (gk).

 

Sydney FC

1.REDMAYNE Andrew (gk), 4. WILKINSON Alexander, 5. BUIJS Jordy, 6. BRILLANTE Joshua, 7. ZULLO Michael, 9. BOBO, 10. NINKOVIC Milos, 13. O’NEILL Brandon, 14. BROSQUE Alex (c), 17. CARNEY David, 26. WILKSHIRE Luke.

Substitutes: 8. RETRE Paulo, 16. KALIK Anthony, 18. SIMON Matthew, 22. RYALL Sebastian, 30. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas (gk).

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