Mariners prevail in wooden spoon clash

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Adelaide United’s attempts to avoid the wooden spoon have taken a devastating blow after a 2-1 loss to Central Coast Mariners in Canberra on Sunday afternoon.

In hot conditions, The Mariners were able to take their chances against a wasteful Reds outfit which continued its season-long tradition of creating plenty of chances but not taking them.

Credit must go to Mariner’s goal keeper Paul Izzo, though, who played the game of his career to keep the Reds at bay.

The former Adelaide United stopper pulled out some marvellous saves in both halves to keep his former club off the scoreboard. In the first half he got a boot to a Ben Garrucio thunderbolt to divert it over the bar and in the second half he was peppered by Adelaide’s attacking men regularly but kept everything out.

On one occasion he stopped a Cirio shot from close range with his face, causing him obvious discomfort but he was able to continue.

Earlier, another former Red Fabio Ferreira gave the Mariners the lead with a goal from outside the area, when substitute keeper John Hall was found off his line. Hall had inexplicably chased the ball around the box, failing to protect his goal, and when the ball fell to Ferreira he had no problems putting it away.

Hall had been brought on after half an hour when Adelaide’s first choice keeper and captain Eugene Galekovic was taken off with a potentially serious injury. Galekovic was seen to be clutching his shoulder and with word from the team that he has injured a ligament in his shoulder, his ailment is a bitter blow to the Reds before the Asian Champions League.

While the Reds continued to create chances after going down, none were taken and the game was put to bed on 79 minutes when Kwabena Appiah’s goal doubled the Mariners’ advantage. Again Hall was off his line, but this time he had made a good save that rebounded to the substitute who had no problems finding his first A-League goal.

In extra time Jordan O’Doherty pulled one back for the Reds, but it was too little too late and the Mariners took an important three points in the battle for last spot on the ladder.

The Mariners are ninth on the ladder, five points clear of the Reds. They will travel to Western Sydney Wanderers territory next Sunday, while United will host Perth Glory on Friday night.

Central Coast Mariners: 2 (37’ Ferreira, 79’ Appiah)
Adelaide United: 1 (90+2’ O’Doherty)

GIO Stadium

Referee: Shaun Evans
Assistant Referees: Allyson Flynn, Greg Taylor
Fourth Official: Luke Withell

Central Coast Mariners FC: 2. ROUX, Storm, 3. GALLOWAY, Scott, 4. POSCOLIERO, Jacob, 7. FERREIRA, Fabio (81’ Adam Berry), 8. MONTGOMERY, Nick, 9. O’DONOVAN, Roy (76’ Josh Bingham), 11. PAIN, Connor, 12. BUHAGIAR, Trent (65’ Kwabena Appiah), 16. ROSE, Liam, 20. IZZO, Paul, 22. McGING, Jake

Subtitutes: 1. NECEVSKI, Ivan, 5. ASCROFT, Harry, 13. APPIAH-KUBI, Kwabena, 14. BERRY, Adam, 17. BINGHAM, Josh

Adelaide United FC: 1. GALEKOVIC, Eugene (30’ John Hall), 2. MARRONE, Michael, 3. La ROCCA, Iacopo, 4. McGOWAN, Dylan, 8. ISAIAS, 11. CIRIO, Sergio, 12. OCHIENG, Mark (70’ Marcelo Carrusca), 18. McGree, Riley, 19. GARRUCIO, Ben (84’ Marc Marino), 21. ELRICH, Tarek, 24. O’DOHERTY, Jordan

Substitutes: 5. REGAN, Taylor, 10. CARRUSCA, Marcelo, 13. MARINO, Marc, 16. MAKAROUNAS, Jesse, 20. HALL, John

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