Rain, rain, go away following Roar and Mariners stalemate

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Neither Central Coast nor Brisbane could go one step closer to locking up a finals birth in a goalless draw at a wet Moreton Daily Stadium.

The Wednesday evening fixture was again impacted by the Brisbane weather, severe rainfall hours before kick-off playing a major factor.

While the sky cleared before proceedings began, the water-logged flanks caused chaos for Central Coast Mariners’ defender Stefan Nigro whose turnover almost gave Joey Champness an early Brisbane Roar advantage.

While not making excuses, Roar head coach Warren Moon admitted it had been unfortunate his side could not put their best foot forward.

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“I think you can see it was difficult with the pitch. Again, not an excuse … we are just really unlucky,” Moon said.

“In the three home games, we have had some really heavy rainfall in the 24-hour period when the match is on.

“It is a similar pattern. I think everyone here could see we were trying but the conditions here weren’t the best for some of the players to show their skills.”

Mariners head coach Alen Stajcic knew the Brisbane forecast would most likely see Moreton Daily Stadium saturated and add to an already difficult challenge.

“We didn’t prepare for it, but we knew the weather report. We certainly thought it could be a factor in the game and we planned accordingly,” Stajcic said.

“I thought the performance was good regardless of the conditions, they were tough conditions for both teams.”

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Moon said his side simply had to start the second half stronger than the first, with Champness finding the back of the net straight after the break before being ruled offside.

“We improved in the second half because we had to … we had a few chances, we defended bravely, but it just wasn’t to be,” Moon said.

Central Coast were unable to capitalise on momentum held throughout large portions of the match, Stajcic was not pleased with the chances gone begging in the second half.

“We have done that against every team. We dominated chances against Sydney, Wanderers and Victory and we have come away with draws,” Stajcic said.

“It is certainly not what we want, we are aiming for wins and want to finish as high up the ladder as we can.”

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Currently in second, the Mariners sit two points clear of sixth placed Brisbane ahead of their clash with the last placed Newcastle Jets.

The Roar will make the trek down south to face Adelaide United, the competition for finals football well and truly intensifying.

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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