Mariners break the duck with maiden win of the season

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The Central Coast Mariners have won their first match of the season, defeating Melbourne City 2-1 at Central Coast Stadium.

The Central Coast Mariners began the match how they started last week against the Wellington Phoenix – on the attack and in control.

The Mariners had a golden chance to hit the lead in just the fourth minute, when a Tommy Oar cross found Matt Simon all alone at the back post, but his header went wide.

Tom Hiariej controlled the midfield for the Gosford outfit, while Tommy Oar, Connor Pain, Matt Millar and Matt Simon all created chances for the Mariners.

The Mariners continued to have the better of the ball and they finally broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute. Matt Millar made a run down the right-hand side and held it up looking for a cross, before cutting inside and beating Scott Jamieson for pace, then laying it off to Connor Pain who belted it into the bottom-right corner.

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Following the goal Melbourne City got themselves into the match after a sloppy start. Luke Brattan, Riley McGree and Ritchie De Laet were all involved creatively for City, but unfortunately couldn’t find the pass or shot to equalise.

After the break it was City who looked the better of the two sides, as the Mariners dropped deeper, desperate to hold onto a lead.

The Mariners slowly worked their way back into the game, and in the 61st minute substitute Jordan Murray pounced on a loose ball and got around Eugene Galekovic, but failed to keep the ball in play.

After a few unsuccessful corner attempts, Melbourne City began to create more. In the 65th minute, Rostyn Griffiths found himself in possession on the edge of the box and had a shot which was rocketing towards the top corner, but was denied an equaliser by a fantastic Ben Kennedy save.

After this the Mariners sat very deep, looking to find Simon or Murray on the counter. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the Mariners broke down the left through Connor Pain in the 69th minute, who skipped past Kearyn Baccus, found half a yard on Schenkeveld and then had a shot low and hard at the near post, forcing a save out Galekovic who stopped a goal by millimetres.

Just three minutes later Andrew Hoole played a ball over the top to Jordan Murray who was through one-on-one, but ultimately scuffed his shot wide.

That opportunity to take a two-goal advantage would come back to haunt them as former Mariner Lachlan Wales equalised for the visitors off a Berenguer-Bohrer corner. Wales found himself between Matt Simon and Ben Kennedy and ultimately finished the free header.

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After both teams had chances in the following minutes, Matt Millar broke down the right hand side for the Mariners in the 87th minute before putting in a cross which found its way to Matt Simon who was fouled inside the box by Rostyn Griffiths, resulting in a penalty.

In the 89th minute, Simon had his penalty saved by Galekovic, but to save his blushes scored on the rebound which was very kind and fell straight back to him.

In the remaining final minutes of the game City had some chances, but the Mariners were able to hold on for their first win of the season.

The result means the Mariners avoid the unwanted record of the longest losing streak, while City remain in 4th position, just keeping in touch with the top teams.

 

 

Central Coast Mariners 2 (Pain 32’, Simon 89′)

Melbourne City 1 (Wales 77′)

 

Central Coast Stadium, 4,103 crowd

 

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields & James Cleal

Fourth Official: Adrian Arndt

VAR Official: Kris Griffiths-Jones

 

Central Coast Mariners: Ben KENNEDY (GK), Matt MILLAR, Jake MCGING, Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Connor PAIN, Jacob MELLING, Tom HIARIEJ (McGlinchey 75’), Aiden O’NEILL, Andrew HOOLE (Shabow 79’), Thomas OAR (Murray 54’), Matt SIMON (c)

Unused subs: Adam PEARCE (GK), Jack CLISBY

Melbourne City: Eugene GALEKOVIC, Nathaniel ATKINSON, Bart SCHENKEVELD, Curtis GOOD, Scott JAMIESON, Osama MALIK (Wales 22’), Kearyn BACCUS, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Luke BRATTAN (Najjarine 74′), Riley MCGREE (Berenguer-Bohrer 67’), Ritchie DE LAET

Unused subs: James DELIANOV (GK), Lacopo LA ROCCA

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Football writer and radio presenter. Loves everything football (well, except Italian's diving since '06).

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