O’ Donovan buys a draw for Mariners

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A goal apiece to Michael McGlinchey for Phoenix and Irishman Roy O’Donovan for the Mariners saw a draw for two teams desperate for victory at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.

The Central Coast Mariners were certainly the underdogs going into the match against Wellington Phoenix having lost their last five games against them. Missing from the home team line up was Nick Fitzgerald who earned himself a red-card suspension last week against Sydney FC. Many also questioned whether the Phoenix’s preparation could recoup after a mid-week match against comp front-runners Melbourne Victory.

Mariners were itching for a second win, spurred on by their fans who joined the players in decking themselves out in pink for the annual Pink Kit round.

It wasn’t enough, however, as former Mariner Michael McGlinchey put the Phoenix in front in the eighth minute. Many have named McGlinchey one of the Mariners top ten in history and his class surely worked against the home team early in the game.

Roy O’Donovan went into the notebook in the 9th minute and the rough play continued for the Mariners with Montgomery facing the referee for a push. That granted the Nix a free kick that had the ball in right neck of the woods until Mariners goalkeeper Paul Izzo made a crucial save.

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Krishna looked dangerous for Phoenix with a near miss that could have meant trouble for the Mariners, having been the Wellington’s most successful scorer so far.

Mariners central midfielder Caceres also took a shot that went wide of the mark. Ferreira, O’Donovan and Rose worked some clever play that gave the home team many promising chances at the net, missing by mere centimetres on two occasions.

By the 25th minute the Mariners were certainly the game’s key attackers, monopolising almost 60% possession but failing to convert.

O’Donovan looked likely to make the score level on 30 minutes however was ruled offside. The weather mimicked the Mariners growing desperation with a downpour causing a poncho-pulling ruckus among the spectators.

Frustrated Josh Rose took a yellow card in the 47th minute before anticipation mounted for the seaman with Austin missing a connect with the ball by inches following a block by Muscat.

Even though the rain eased up for the start of the second half the net seemed to be a magnetic field that repelled the ball for O’Donovan, Montgomery, and Ferreira.

But a goal would come for Central Coast. It was Roy O’Donovan who finally had the crowd on their feet in the 75th minute, marking 200 goals for the Mariners at their home ground.

The 1-1 draw isn’t a bad result for the home team who jump up to eighth position on the ladder while Wellington drops down a place to seventh.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS: 1. IZZO Paul 2. ROUX Storm 3. ROSE Joshua 4. POSCOLIERO Jacob 6. AUSTIN Mitchell 7. FERREIRA Fabio 8. MONTGOMERY Nick 9. O”DONOVAN Roy 10. CACERES Anthony 16. ROSE Liam 22. MCCGING Jake

WELLINGTON PHOENIX: 1. MOSS Glen 2.MUSCAT Emmanuel 3. GULLEY Justin 4. BONEVACIA Rolieny 7. SARPONG 8. RODRIGUEZ Alex 10. MCGLINCHEY Michael 13. RIERA Albert 14. RUFER Alex 18. SIGMUND Benjamin 21. KRISHNA Roy 22. DURANTE Andrew.

 

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A 20 year old Media and Law student trying to tame those stream-of-consciousness writing habits with an ickle bit of fun at the Central Coast Mariners.