Mariners wipe out for Wanderers fifth straight victory

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A walk out by the visitors traveling fans didn’t prevent the Western Sydney Wanderers from getting the job done, winning two-nil over the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.

The result marked their fifth consecutive win and the second longest streak in the club’s history.

The 10,519 strong crowd would see early chances at both ends with goals missing by centimetres before the match was even five minutes in. The ball did hit the net for the Wanderers in the eighth minute but fast-becoming talisman Mitch Nichols was ruled offside.

Mark Bridge would find himself a late scratch from the game, injured during the pre-match warm up and replaced by Young Socceroo Mario Shabow.

Caceres, Rose and O’Donovan tried to mend a few cracks in the Central Coast Mariners formation whilst a long kick from Montgomery flew out the right side.

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The game became eerily silent after the thirty-minute mark with nearly a thousand members of the Red & Black Bloc staging a walk out in protest of the FFA’s lack of appeals process for the banning of fans from stadiums. Tifos and signs said it all:“FFA: Don’t bury your heads in the sand, we’ve listed our demands.”

Poscoliero brought the attention back to the game, facing a yellow card for a careless elbow to Castelen.

On half time the score remained deadlocked.

The home team fought back in the second period with a chance by Rose thanks to an impressive link up between Caceres and Montgomery. Mariners’ Roux made a perfect break on the right but support wasn’t forthcoming before the Wanderers right wing Castelen worked for his second chance of the match.

The Dutchman Castelen was clearly having confidence issues, kicking it way over the net, mucking it up for the third time.

It would be substitute Brendon Santalab who would save the day, scoring superbly in the 65th minute, just seven minutes after taking the field.

The Mariners responded with renewed determination and fresh legs with Matt Sim replacing Niell.

Castelen attempted redemption, wiping out the Mariners formation but was blocked by keeper Izzo in his fourth attempt for glory.

Desperate for a win Central Coast peppered the visitor’s net but the Wanderers’ defensive zone, coupled with a spectacular save by keeper Redmayne, stopped the Mariners from leveling the score.

Mitch Nichols put the result beyond doubt for the visitors, scoring in extra time to render the Mariners scoreless for the first time under coach Tony Walmsley, and give the Wanderers their fifth win in as many weeks.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS: 1. IZZO Paul, 2. ROUX Storm, 3. ROSE Josh, 4. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 5. ASCROFT Harry, 6. AUSTIN Mitch, 8. MONTGOMERY Nick (c), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 10. CACERES Anthony, 11. FITZGERALD Nick, 14. HEFFERNAN Daniel, 15. SIM Matthew, 16. ROSE Liam, 19. BINGHAM Josh, 21. NEILL Michael, 22. McGING Jake, 40. HEWARD-BELLE Thomas.

WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS: 1. BOUZANIS Dean, 3. JAMIESON Scott, 4. TOPOR-STANLEY Nikolai (c), 6. NICHOLS Mitch, 7. CASTELEN Romeo, 8.DELGADO, Dimas, 10. VIDOSIC Dario, 11. SANTALAB Brendon, 12. NEVILLE Scott, 16. SOTIRIO Jaushua, 17.AGUILAR Alberto, 18.ANDREU, 19. BRIDGE Mark, 20. REDMAYNE Andrew, 21. PEPPER Jacob, 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan.

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