From bad to worse for dispirited Mariners

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The Mariners found themselves in a dark hole following a five-one loss against Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium on Thursday night in front of a measly crowd.

Back in Round Three the visitors walked away with three goals and a win from Mariners at AAMI Park. This time the referee had his work cut out for him with poor disciplinary records from either side and a home team desperate to win having not done so since Round One.

The down and out Mariners didn’t disappoint in the entertainment-stakes, holding much of the possession and creating even more chances thanks to creative play by Mitch Austin and Roy O’Donovan in the midfield. A yellow card from City’s Jack Clisby for a misguided slide against Anthony Caceres was no distraction for Roux and Fitzgerald who danced for chances down the right flank.

But it was the visitors who hit the back of the net first with Bruno Fornaroli pouncing upon the Mariners frustration, perfectly setting up a goal for Harry Novillo who’s follow through was calm and calculated.

Possession erred in the visitors favour in the later stages of the half proving dangerous and detrimental for Tony Walmsley’s boys. In another blow for the home side the in-form forward Fornaroli scored the second for Melbourne City, off the back of a mistake by the home side.

At half-time the visitors were on top where it matters but the what-could’ve-been scoreboard positioned the Mariners way ahead.

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At the 57th minute it seemed the game was decided. Novillo scored his second for the match from just outside the box, adding a third notch to the visitor’s belt of victories.

Walmsley was clearly feeling the pressure, swapping Rose for Neill and Ascroft for Croatian newcomer Uskok, a defender making his first appearance in the Hyundai A-League.

It was to no avail, however, with Mooy setting up yet another goal followed through by attacking midfielder Stefan Mauk racking Melbourne City’s tally to four. Five minutes before full time Austin looked to make a go of things before a tackle in the box awarded him a penalty.

He slammed it into the right hand corner for a consolation goal for the dispirited locals, but not before the visitors scored another thanks to Mooy in extra time.

In doing so Melbourne City become the first team in A-League history to score five goals in two consecutive matches.

CENTRAL COAST MARINERS: 1.IZZO Paul, 2.ROUX Storm, 3.ROSE Josh (c), 4.POSCOLIERO Jacob, 5.ASCROFT Harry , 6.AUSTIN Mitch, 9.O’DONOVAN Roy, 10.CACERES Anthony, 11.FITZGERALD Nick, 15.SIM Matthew, 16.ROSE Liam, 19.BINGHAM Josh, 21.NEILL Michael, 22.McGING Jake, 23.USKOK Tomislav, 40.HEWARD-BELLE Tom,

MELBOURNE CITY: 1.SORENSEN Thomas, 4.CHAPMAN Connor, 5.FRANJIC Ivan, 6. PAARTALU Erik, 8. MOOY Aaron, 9. NOVILLO Harry, 15. WILLIAMS David, 18. RETRE Paulo, 19. GARUCCIO Ben, 20. VELAPHI Tando, 21.MAUK Stefan, 22. CLISBY Jack, 23. FORNAROLI Bruno, 24.KISNORBO Patrick, 25.MELLING Jacob, 30.ESPINDOL Hernan.

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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.