90th minute deja vu for Mariners

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The Central Coast Mariners have again forfeited a 90th minute lead for the second week running, with Perth Glory capturing a point in the dying stages on Sunday.

The afternoon fixture allowed Glory to walk away with a 1-1 draw, despite trailing behind the Mariners for more than 30 minutes in Gosford.

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Glory’s left edge attack ran free before Mariners defender Lewis Miller proved his value to LEGO with some outstanding blocks to keep Glory at bay. Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti backed his defender up with an incredible save to prevent Aaron Calver being added to the Central Coast’s tally of worldies scored against them.

A shoulder-to-shoulder run from Marcos Urena finally got the fans on their feet, though his cutback was a flew inches away from speedster Matthew Hatch.

The deadlock was nearly broken minutes from half-time after an audacious back heel from Miller deflected into Glory’s goalkeeper Cameron Cook, before the ball was finally cleared out of the chaotic goal mouth.

Central Coast held majority of possession coming out of the first half, going through the motions of passing around the team. Their patience was rewarded with new Scottish import Jason Cummings scoring his maiden home goal following a swift cross from Urena 58 minutes in.

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Glory on the other had very minimal chances, either broken down by themselves or snuffed out by the Mariners’ defence. Glory’s frustration built, eventually spilling over with Calver receiving a yellow from a dangerous aerial chance against Cy Goddard.

Perth’s best chance of the game finally came knocking, with a fine cross from Burke-Gilroy finding the head of Fornaroli but again Birighitti remained solid with another spectacular save.

Home field advantage was not making any difference for Central Coast, with head coach Nick Montgomery constantly in arms with some questionable calls going against the home side.

The lead was nearly doubled as a ball from Goddard found Nkololo to chip past Glory’s goalkeeper Cook, though was called back for offside.

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And then it happened. After holding out Glory all game, the Mariners’ defence collapsed in the 90th minute for the third straight match. Daniel Stynes scored the goal to snatch a point for Glory and break Mariners fans hearts.

It’s Central Coast’s fourth straight match without a victory, and fans will have to wait until next Saturday’s clash with Melbourne Victory before there is another chance at redemption.

Glory will be reeling after capturing a point and will be looking forward to getting more players back from COVID-19 in time for their match against Brisbane Roar next Sunday.

Central Coast Mariners: 1 (Cummings 58′)

Perth Glory: 1 (Stynes 90+1′)

Stadium: Central Coast Stadium

Referee: Jonathan Barreiro

Assistant Referees: Greg Taylor & Adam Powers

Fourth Official: Tim Danaskos

Central Coast Mariners: Mark BIRIGHITTI (GK), Lewis MILLER, Noah SMITH (Joshua NISBET 86′), Oliver BOZANIC, Jason CUMMINGS (Beni NKOLOLO 78′), Marcos URENA (Matheus RODRIGUES 61′), Kye ROWLES, Daniel HALL, Matthew HATCH (Cy GODDARD 45′), Nicolai MULLER, Harrison STEELE

Unused subs: Storm ROUX, Cameron WINDUST, Patrick BEACH (GK)

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), Aaron CALVER, Kosuke OTA, Bruno Fornaroli MEZZA, Nicholas FITZGERALD (Andrew KEOGH 74′), Brandon O’NEIL, Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Mitchell OXBORROW (Daniel STYNES 66′), Pacifique NIYONGABIRE (Adam ZIMARINO 56′), Giordano COLLI (Jack CLISBY 74′), Darryl LACHMAN

Unused subs: Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, Aidan EDWARDS, Liam REDDY (GK)

Feature Image Credit: Robbie Szafranek

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Mitchell Roese
Mitchell Roese
Sports enthuse currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) at the University of Technology Sydney. Covering the Central Coast Mariners 2021/22 A-League Season

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