Roar impressive in victory over Mariners

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A dreary afternoon in Gosford couldn’t keep the home crowd away for the Mariners’ first home game of the season however it couldn’t inspire a win in Gosford.

Brisbane Roar walked away with a 1-0 win courtesy of a strike from Thomas Kristensen despite a largely respectable performance from Central Coast Mariners.

 

Central Coast started the game well, with early chances from Blake Powell and Fabio Ferreira both causing concern for the Roar defense and goalkeeper Michael Theo.

Both teams played the ball around nicely in the early periods, but looked wary of exposing themselves after respective drubbings last week.

The Mariners continued their early dominance with the home crowd rising in unison in the 11th minute as a Roy O’Donovan shot met the hand of a Brisbane defender, but they were left disappointed as the ref waved the penalty appeals away.

Roar finally began to play themselves into the game with some impressive passing sequences from their midfield hotshots Tommy Oar and Thomas Broich.

A 24th minute effort from Jamie Maclaren tested goalkeeper Paul Izzo well, the Mariners replacement for benched Ivan Necevski proving his worth will a low diving save.

But Izzo soon turned villain as Thomas Kristensen capitalised on a poor attempted clearance from the ‘keeper to put the visitors ahead in the 32nd minute. Izzo’s flying punch failed to clear the ball out of danger and Kristensen was there to drill home a half volley into the net.

Both sides came out flying in the second half with a renewed intensity, Connor Pain feeling the full effects of a hard challenge and Luke DeVere finally earning the ire of referee Adam Fielding with the game’s first card after 53 minutes.

Jamie Maclaren nearly doubled the visitor’s lead with half an hour remaining – latching onto a low Broich cross at the near post only to be denied by the crossbar.

Maclaren again found himself in a position to extend Brisbane’s lead after 63 minutes with a curling effort from the striker well saved by Izzo.

The early expenditure of energy by both sides in the second half soon began to show, with a fatigued display by both teams in the last 20 minutes.

Another opportunity for Jamie Maclaren left the striker frustrated at so many missed chances, forcing yet another good save out of Paul Izzo in the 82nd minute.

Substitute Brandon Borrello might have staked his claim as an earlier contender for miss of the season after fluffing a golden opportunity in injury time,  his shot failing to find an empty net.

Roar can only be delighted with their first win of the season and manager John Aloisi can be satisfied with a much improved display from his team after last week’s disappointing 4-0 loss to Newcastle.

It’s a frustrating time to be the coach of the Central Coast Mariners and for Paul Okon, despite a solid performance on Sunday it won’t get easier for the Mariners. They face a tough match awaiting them against Western Sydney Wanderers next week, a challenging task for a team now winless from three.

Central Coast Mariners 0
Brisbane Roar FC 1 (Kristensen 32’)

Stadium: Central Coast Stadium
Crowd: 7073

Referee: Adam Fielding
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Scott Edeling
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Central Coast Mariners: 20. IZZO Paul (GK), 2. ROUX Storm, 6. POWELL Blake, 7. FERREIRA Fabio (12. BUHAGIAR Trent 61’), 8. MONTGOMERY Nick (C) (14. BERRY Adam 67’), 9. O’DONOVAN Roy, 10. TAVARES Mickael (3. GALLOWAY Scott 81′), 11. PAIN Connor, 19. FATY Jacques, 21. NEILL Michael, 22. McGING Jake,

Brisbane Roar FC: 1.THEO Michael (GK), 3. DEVERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 7. KRISTENSEN Thomas, 9. MACLAREN Jamie (33. KATEBIAN Joey 89′), 10. HOLMAN Brett (28. BORRELLO Brandon 85′), 11. OAR Tommy, 13. NORTH Jade, 17. MCKAY Matt (c), 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas,

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