Mariners face their biggest test yet

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The Central Coast Mariners are flying west to take on the record-breaking Perth Glory as they vie to retain their position on top of the ladder.

The Mariners sit first on the ladder, six points clear of the Glory in sixth place. However, the Glory have three games in hand.

Based on their impressive start this season, which saw the Glory claim the record for most goals scored in the opening six games, they could be in contension for the top spot after they play those extra games.

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The Mariners have mostly been confined to games in New South Wales, but now make the long journey west to take on the Perth side in their toughest challenge of the season so far.

The Mariners have risen to most of the challenges they have faced this season, with impressive wins from behind over Melbourne City and Western United.

Mariners head coach Alen Stajcic said his team faced a challenge, but they were looking forward to it. He also highlighted the threat the Glory attackers posed.

“This will be our biggest test so far this year,” Stajcic said.

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The Mariners have improved from their last few seasons and Danny De Silva exemplies that. He said he was looking forward to facing the club that gave him his debut at the age of 15.

De Silva has faith in his teammates ability and said with a good game plan and preparation, the Mariners had a chance of taking three points.

“I love playing over there, I’m always looking forward to that fixture,” De Silva said.

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The game is looking likely to be another entertaining game, with both sides trying to prove they deserve to be at the top of the ladder.

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Ben Johnston
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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