Melbourne troops fail to storm home

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A short time ago in a galaxy pretty close to Sydney, Victory striker Andrew Nabbout struck back to equalise against the Central Coast Mariners and square up the game after a McBreen opener.

And this was all inside ten minutes.

Ange Postecoglou was not elected to watch his team suffer and die whilst others discussed this Beckham invasion in a committee. And so he sent Nabbout to war.

But Nabbout would feel more like Alderaan as Daniel “Death Star” McBreen scored again minutes later, this time from a long ball. Bringing it down, the in-form striker rounded Franjic easily and smacked it in the net to make it 2-1.

Captain of the victory Adrian “Princess” Leijer rallied his troops and Mark Milligan rose to the task, glancing a header past keeper Mat Ryan to level the scores again before half time.

Patrick Zwaanswijk was then sent off for a second yellow card leaving Central Coast with 10 men for the final 25 minutes and a tough task to take any points from Etihad Stadium.

19 462 fans then saw Marcos Flores receive a second yellow in the 89th and the subsequent red. Both teams reduced to ten players meant some open football in stoppage time, but a goal was not found.

2-2 the final score in what was a wonderful game of football to watch.

Melbourne Victory: Nathan COE, Adama TRAORE, Petar FRANJIC, Mark MILLIGAN, Marcos FLORES, Marco ROJAS, Diogo FERREIRA, Billy CELESKI, Isaka CERNAK, Adrian LEIJER, Andrew NABBOUT

Central Coast Mariners: Mathew RYAN, Daniel MCBREEN, Joshua ROSE, Pedj BOJIC, Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, John HUTCHINSON, Tomas ROGIC, Michael MCGLINCHEY, Trent SAINSBURY, Nick MONTGOMERY, Mile STERJOVSKI

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Matt Greenlaw
Editor of The Football Sack for three years, Matthew now spends his time sipping merlot whilst watching the reruns of Thursday FC.

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