Perth Glory ensured they ended the year on top of the table following a 4-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford.

It didn’t take the Glory long to hit the lead with Andy Keogh scoring a goal in just three-minutes. A cross from the right-hand side found Joel Chianese whose shot was saved by Mariners goalkeeper Adam Pearce but the consequent rebound found Keogh who tapped it into an empty net.

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In the tenth minute of the game Tomislav Mrcela found the back of the net in more ways than one with his header going in only to be ruled-out due to offside. Mrcela himself also ended up in the back of the net and caused some damage to the goal posts.

After a somewhat comical 45-minute delay, play eventually resumed with the Mariners showing more spirit but that spark was quickly diffused when former-Mariner Fabio Ferreira scored his first goal in nearly 12-months. Ironically, his last goal came against the Glory for the Mariners on January 28 2017.

On that occasion it was a penalty, on this occasion it was a header across the keeper to find the back post after a delightful Jason Davidson cross.

Just before half time Ferreira doubled his tally when he chipped the ball into the far corner from the edge of the 18-yard line, beating Adam Pearce at full-stretch.

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The Mariners began the second-half the better team, dominating possession and creating chances. However the first big-chance in the second-half fell to the Glory after Kye Rowles cheaply gave away possession on the edge of his own box. Chianese was the benefactor from the Rowles error but ultimately couldn’t make the Mariners pay.

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With just under 15 minutes to go, the Mariners got one back after Jordan Murray scored his debut A-League goal. Tommy Oar put in a floated cross towards the back-post where Matt Simon headed it back across to find Jordan Murray who netted it home.

For a few minutes it looked like the Mariners were going to get a second but Andy Keogh finalised proceedings with a tap in just six-yards away from goal.

The win means the Glory go into the New Year on top of the table while the Mariners finish a sorry 2018 with just one win – that coming in February against the Wellington Phoenix last season.

Central Coast Mariners 1 (Murray 77′)
Perth Glory 4 (Keogh 3’, 90+2′, Ferreira 22’, 41’)
Central Coast Stadium: 6,048 crowd

Referee: Kurt Ams
Assistant Referees: Ryan Gallagher & Scott Edeling
Fourth Official: Jarred Gillett
VAR Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Central Coast Mariners: Adam PEARCE (GK), Matt MILLAR, Kye ROELWS, Antony GOLEC (OAR 69’), Jack CLISBY (MURRAY 46’), Mario SHABOW (McGING 29’), Aiden O’NEILL, Michael McGLINCHEY, Connor PAIN, Andrew HOOLE, Matt SIMON
Unused subs: Ben KENNEDY (GK), Jacob MELLING

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Ivan FRANJIC, Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Tomislav MRCELA (DJULBIC 86’), Alexander GRANT, Fabio FERREIRA (BRIMMER 57’), JUANDE, Neil KILKENNY, Jason DAVIDSON, Joel CHIANESE (SANTALAB 75’), Andy KEOGH
Unused subs: Tando VELAPHI (GK), Diego CASTRO

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