Mariners and Perth draw in the rain

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Matt Simon converted a penalty in the 90th minute to earn a draw for the Mariners.

The rain would be a constant presence through-out and the pitch only got worse as the match went on.

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Marco Urena seemed to be the first player to adjust as he had a shot saved by Liam Reddy in the 4th minute and then released Daniel Bouman in the 12th minute who had his cross also claimed by Reddy.

The 25th minute saw Daniel Bouman break down the right flank and cross the ball to the penalty spot for Danuel DeSilva who had his shot saved by Reddy, but Urena was there for the rebound and put the ball through Reddy’s legs from an almost impossible angle.

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Urena was the danger man again just two minutes later when he got on the end of a ball and if it were not for Luke Bodnar saving the day, the Mariners would have had their second goal.

The Glory were finally able to breach the Mariners defence in the 41st minute when Neil Kilkenny crossed from deep and Fornaroli was able to get in front of Kye Rowles and head the ball clear of Birighitti and into the back of the net.

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The Mariners did not let their heads drop and in the 45th minute they had a flurry of shots inside the box that somehow did not go in.

The Glory came out firing in the second half, they looked a much better team for the first 10 minutes.

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Perth finally had their golden chance in the 65th minute when Nicholas D’Agostino ran through the Mariners defence and put in a pass to an open Fornaroli in the box who for some reason tried a rabona shot that failed and the Mariners were able to clear it.

Things got real fiery in the 69th minute when Simon and Kosuke Ota clashed during a throw in, Darryl Lachman ran in and gave Simon a big shove which only made things worse. After a brief scuffle, Simon and Lachman both received a yellow card.

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The Perth attackers were finally able to combine in the 76th minute when Keogh spotted a gap and found D’Agostino who burst through and hit a powerful shot past an outstreched Mark Birighitti.

After a lengthy three minute VAR review, the Mariners were awarded a penalty after Bodnar was adjudged to have barged into the back of Matt Simon inside the box.

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It was Simon who stepped up to the spot in the 90th minute and slotted it past Reddy.

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In the end neither team could find the back of the net in injury time.

Central Coast Mariners: 2 (Urena 25’, Simon 90’)

Perth Glory: 2 (Fornaroli 41’, D’Agostino 76’)

Stadium: Central Coast Stadium

Central Coast Mariners: Mark Birighitti, Josh Nisbet, Stefan Nigro, Oliver Bozanic, Daniel DeSilva (Janota 90’), Jack Clisby, Marco Urena (Kuol 59’), Daniel Bouman (Stensness 73’), Kye Rowles, Matt Simon, Ruon Tongyik

Substitutes: Adam Pearce, Matt Hatch, Jaden Casella, Alou Kuol, Michal Janota, Dan Hall, Gianni Stensness

Perth Glory: Liam Reddy, Kosuke Ota, Bruno Fornaroli, Andy Keogh (Bramwell 83’), Luke Bodnar, Brandon Wilson, Diego Castro, Carlo Armiento (D’Agostino 45’), Dane Ingham (Sullivan 45’), Darryl Lachman, Neil Kilkenny

Substitutes: Tando Velaphi, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Nick Sullivan, Callum Timmins, Daniel Stynes, Nicholas D’Agostino, Ciaran Bramwell

Feature Image Credit: Ben Johnston

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Ben Johnston
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I grew up on the Central Coast and fell in love with football in 2005. Supporter of Mariners, Manchester United and Macclesfield Town.

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