Heartbreaking loss has Mariners fans singing same song

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A tragic 1-0 loss for the Mariners was not as bad as it could have been in a mouth-watering match against second-placed Brisbane Roar on a Sunday’s sweltering afternoon.

It was a game at Central Coast Stadium with a familiar tune for the home side. The Mariners were desperate for points and dying to prove themselves against more favourable opponents, this time, the second-placed Roar.

Petratos saved the day for the visitors who were expected to win comfortably, leaving Mariners fans clinging to their coach Tony Walmsley’s ‘never say die’ attitude.

The sides sorted out their differences early on with a yellow card handed to Brisbane’s Stefanutto for charging Storm Roux before a herd of Mariners defence blocked Thomas Broich’s shot on target.

In a surprise move, Walmsley had flourishing midfielder Anthony Caceres on the bench for the first time this season, fuelling speculation of transfer tension or else a desperate measure to save fire power for the second half.

The usually calm and collected coach looked disconcerted at home after a week of putting out fires, not only explaining his team’s dismal record this season but rumours that five of his team will be part of a mass player exodus in January.

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By the drink break 23 minutes in the visitors looked to be the dominating side despite the Mariners having the only shot on target of the game thanks to Roy O’Donovan.

Mariners keeper Paul Izzo had a magnificent first half, making two spectacular saves before Harry Ascroft took a yellow card for a tackle on Jamie Maclaren who looked dangerous in play with Corona.

The Mariners faced some tough love towards the end of the first half with Mitch Austin chopped down in the box as calls for a penalty were dismissed. The Yellow Army gave it right back, booing the referees as they exited the field after a scoreless first half.

Coming into the second half the visitor’s game plan looked shaky as O’Donovan took another shot on target and Maclaren limped off the field to be replaced by Jean Carlos Solórzano.

A goal seemed near for the home side with credit to Mitch Austin who made a remarkable run towards the net before kicking it just over with his unfavoured right foot. Captain Nick Montgomery stepped aside for Fabio Ferreira to make his much applauded return in the 78th minute with an estimated 15 minutes in the tank.

But with five minutes to go the Mariners were caught off guard by a strike to the back of the net from attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos just moments after he came off the bench.

A header by Harry Ascroft was a failed attempt to equalise but the heartache it provided for fans paled in comparison to the tragic dismissal of a Mariners goal due to an offside decision, albeit a correct one.

Central Coast Mariners: 1. IZZO Paul, 2. ROUX Storm, 3. ROSE Josh, 4. POSCOLIERO Jacob, 5. ASCROFT Harry, 6. AUSTIN Mitch, 7. FERREIRA, Fabio 8. MONTGOMERY Nick (c), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 10. CACERES Anthony, 11. FITZGERALD Nick, 15. SIM Matthew, 16. ROSE Liam 19. BINGHAM Josh, 22. MCGING Jake 40. HEWARD-BELLE Tom (gk).

Brisbane Roar: 3. STEFANUTTO Shane, 7.CORONA, 8. LUSTICA Steven, 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 10.HENRIQUE 11. SOLORZANO Jean Carlos, 13 NORTH.Jade, 14. BOWLES Daniel, 15. DONACHIE James, 17.Matt McKAY (c), 18. HERVAS Javier, 19. HINGERT Jack, 21. YOUNG Jamie 22. BROICH Thomas, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri, 36. JANNESE Andre

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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.