Central Coast Mariners have halted Melbourne Victory’s three-game winning run after a 1-1 draw at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong on Saturday evening.

The Mariners took a valuable point down the highway of Victoria, coupled with the difficult weather conditions to make this result look more impressive.

Besart Berisha made one of Victory’s key chances count just after half-time, but that was outdone by Mariners’ substitutes Lachlan Wales and Blake Powell who combined well in their very first involvements of the game.

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Victory came very close to scoring after 17 minutes, in a match lacking chances to that point.

Leroy George’s low attempt was parried by Ben Kennedy, but fell towards Berisha who looked certain to open the scoring.

It was Antony Golec who got in the way and reacted to perfection by sticking his leg out to deny the Victory striker.

Kosta Barbarouses had the next big opportunity around the half hour mark: his shot cannoned off the crossbar and nearly bounced over the line in another warning sign for the Mariners.

It was just before half-time that Astrubal provided a Mariners effort.

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A decent shot by the Spaniard was denied by a diving Lawrence Thomas to his right.

Victory had generated good opportunities but eventually one of them payed off through Berisha shortly after the break.

He was surrounded by three Mariners defenders but managed to squeeze his shot through all of them into the bottom right for a 1-0 Victory lead.

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The Mariners weren’t done though and turned to their bench during a drinks break in the 70th minute which worked wonders.

A double change saw Blake Powell and debutant Lachlan Wales come on and instantly help their side find an equaliser.

The youngster Wales worked really hard to get himself into space down the left, before cutting in to square the ball towards Powell.

The fellow substitute made no mistake to reward a sublime attacking move.

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The drama didn’t end there as Jai Ingham missed a sitter from close range.

Barbarouses chested the ball down and then fired a deflected shot that fell invitingly for Ingham to capitalise, but couldn’t with a tame shot across the whole of the goal.

The Mariners will be happy to hold on to a point in a season where they’ve only managed three wins so far and couldn’t afford being hit with another loss.

Melbourne Victory 1 (Berisha 49′)
Central Coast Mariners 1 (Powell 71′)

GMHBA Stadium

Referee: Jonathan BARREIRO

Melbourne Victory
2. GERIA Jason, 3. DJULBIC Dino (6. BROXHAM Leigh 81′), 5. MILLIGAN Mark, 8. BERISHA Besart, 9. BARBAROUSES Kosta, 10. TROISI James, 18. SANCHEZ Matias, 20. THOMAS Lawrence (GK), 21. VALERI Carl (c) (24. ANTONIS Terry 81′), 22. NIGRO Stefan, 41. GEORGE Leroy (23. INGHAM Jai 74′).
Substitutes: 1. ACTON Matt (GK), 31. THEOHAROUS Christian.

Central Coast Mariners
1. KENNEDY Ben (GK), 2. ROUX Storm (3. ROSE Josh 86′), 4. MCGING Jake, 5. GOLEC Antony, 6. HIARIEJ Tom, 7. HOOLE Andrew, 9. ASDRUBAL (8. POWELL Blake 70′), 11. PAIN Connor, 13. APPIAH Kwabena (24. WALES Lachlan 70′), 15. BARO Alan (c), 23. BRAMA Wout.
Substitutes: 16. ROSE Liam, 20. PEARCE Adam (GK).

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.