Mariners stun Glory in the west

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After nine attempts on the road, the Central Coast Mariners have finally recorded an upset 2-1 win against Perth Glory in an eventful first half of football.

The 2-1 win is the Mariners’ first in Perth from their last nine attempts.

Central Coast dominated the early possession and seemed focused on creating chances down the left-hand side.

After Milan Duric’s shot hit the left upright eight minutes in, a Mariners’ breakthrough seemed inevitable and it came after another eight minutes with Daniel De Silva finishing Jack Clisby’s hard work with a first-time strike.

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First-year Glory defender Soobeom Kim and Mariner Ziggy Gordon engaged in a heated physical battle, with both injured and Gordon booked after a string of collisions.

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De Silva could have had his second when Samuel Silvera played him past Kim and face to face with Liam Reddy but it was Glory who scored the game’s second goal.

After a stunning Mark Birighitti save was followed up by Ivan Franjic to even the scores 1-1.

Silvera introduced himself to the A-League by putting his side in front on the stroke of half-time with a stunning hit that curled past the outstretched Reddy to make it 2-1.

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The young forward did all the work in the lead-up, stealing the ball off Jacob Tratt who was an early substitute for Gregory Wuthrich.

Perth had the first genuine chance after the interval as Birighitti made a stunning one-handed save to deny Bruno Fornaroli. His shot was forced over the line by the oncoming Chris Ikonomidis but a VAR check ensured the Mariners held their lead.

Birighitti was required again just moments later to once again deny Fornaroli as the Glory pushed hard for an equaliser.

The Mariners’ shot-stopper became a central figure as the visitors desperately maintained their lead, as did their physio, who was called upon numerous times in a short period to treat wounded players.

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Tommy Oar and Kye Rowles were both forced off with injury and Dylan Fox also received treatment.

Central Coast’s first victory for the season is a timely one with a match against new league leaders Melbourne City.

Perth are also on the road next week with a trip to McDonald Jones Stadium to face the Newcastle Jets.

Perth Glory 1 (Franjic 31’)
Central Coast Mariners 2 (De Silva 16’), (Silvera 44’)

HBF Park
Attendance: 8148

Referee: Kurt Ams

Assistant Referees: Josh Mannella, Matthew Southern
Fourth Official: Shane Skinner

Perth Glory: Liam REDDY (GK), Alex GRANT, Gregory Wuthrich (Jacob TRATT 36’), Ivan FRANJIC, Bruno FORNAROLI, Soobeom KIM (Joel CHIANESE 58’), Osama MALIK (Nicholas D’Agostino 74’), Brandon WILSON, Diego CASTRO (C), Chris IKONOMIDIS, JUANDE, Neil KILKENNY

Unused subs: Tando VELAPHI (GK), Dino DJULBIC, Jake BRIMMER, Gabriel POPOVIC

Central Coast Mariners: Mark Birighitti (GK), Ian Zygmunt GORDON, Jack CLISBY, Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, Milan DURIC, Thomas OAR (Matt SIMON 78’), Daniel De Silva (Eunsun KIM 57’), Kye ROWLES (Ruon Tongyik 74’), Dylan FOX, Samuel SILVERA, Gianni STENSNESS

Unused subs: Michael MCGLINCHEY, Jordan MURRAY, Adam PEARCE (GK), Joshua NISBET

Feature image credit: Central Coast Mariners

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