Adelaide United have come from behind against the Central Coast Mariners to secure a vital three points in their quest for the top-four thanks to goals from Isaias and George Blackwood.

Adelaide had worked their way into the game after a nervy start by beginning to take-back control in midfield after initially seeming frazzled by Central Coast’s extra numbers in the middle.

That all changed in the 36th minute as Central Coast took the initiative from a foul on Matt Simon to play the ball quickly, sending it wide to Matthew Millar who found Andrew Hoole.

Hoole had space at the top of the box but few options to work with as he took a touch, faked a pass and unleashed a curling effort which bypassed a stretching Paul Izzo to open the scoring.

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In the final moments of the first-half,  Ryan Strain went on a lung-busting run from defence to deliver a ball into Adelaide’s attacking area which appeared to strike the trailing arm of Hoole. The claims for a would-be penalty were waved away and dismissed by VAR which further incensed the Reds and its home fans.

Central Coast may have opened the scoring but for the opening minutes of the second-half they relied mainly on their defence as United rallied hard. If not for the efforts of Ben Kennedy, Central Coast may have suffered a seismic defeat with the goal-keeper largely responsible for maintaining parity with a string of stunning saves.

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United finally took full advantage of their attacking prowess through captain Isaias, who managed to poke the ball home after a scramble in the box after United corner wasn’t cleared by the Mariners.

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Adelaide kept pressing in the final minutes desperate for the winning goal, committing a wave of numbers forward. The pressure finally cracked the Mariners as Scott Galloway cut inside the Mariners off the left-wing to find a waiting George Blackwood who tapped-in the winner to seal the result.

Adelaide United 2 (Isaias 66′, Blackwood 92′)

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Hoole 36’)

Coopers Stadium

Adelaide United squad: 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Ryan STRAIN, 6.Vince LIA (10.Ken ILSØ 45′), 8.Isaías SÁNCHEZ (c), 11.Craig GOODWIN, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIĆ (7.Ryan KITTO 71′), 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Jordan ELSEY, 26.Ben HALLORAN (14.George BLACKWOOD 62′).

Unused substitutes: 1.Daniel MARGUŠ (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE.

Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2.Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITS, 6.Tom HIARIEJ, 7.Andrew HOOLE (8.Michael McGLINCHEY 77′), 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Aiden O’NEILL, 15.Kye ROWLES, 18.Matt MILLAR, 19.Matt SIMON (c), 22.Jacob MELLING (26.Josh NISBET 68′), 25.Jordan MURRAY (3.Jack CLISBY 82′).

Unused substitutes: 12.Adam PEARCE (gk), 17.Peter KEKERIS

Referee: Jarred Gillett Assistant Referee 1: Paul Cetrangolo Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Meimarakis Fourth Official: Daniel Elder VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

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