Mariners and Wanderers share points in Gosford thriller

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More than 8,000 supporters enjoyed a thrilling 2-2 draw in Gosford between the Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers

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As the battle for the second spot on the ladder began, both sides attacked on the front foot.

As the match continued, the visitors made the most of the early runs as the home side struggled to maintain possession.

However, that lasted only a short time before Marco Tulio attempted a long-range effort in the 13th minute of the game, but his ambitious effort narrowly missed the target.

The next shot came from Western Sydney Wanderers’ Branden Borello, but Danny Vukovic wasn’t troubled by his strike.

It was still all Western Sydney Wanderers as the clock ticked past 25 minutes.

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But it was the Mariners who scored their first goal despite the Wanderers’ early aggression up front as Tulio took control for the home side.

After finding space in the Wanderers’ defence, Sam Silvera unleashed a powerful strike and hit the back of the Wanderers’ net, giving the home side the lead in the 30th minute.

The Yellow Army couldn’t continue celebrating much longer as Wanderers striker Yeni Ngbakoto followed up with a fancy finish inside the box to beat Vukovic.

As the score remained level in the first half, former Mariners player Oliver Bozanic remained the Wanderers’ top attacking option.

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The second half started in the same vein as the first, with Western Sydney Wanderers winning the midfield battle.

The Wanderers finally found themselves ahead for the first time on the night, this time through Borrello, whose powerful strike from inside the area beat Danny Vukovic.

Having missed out on the spot in the starting 11 for last week’s trip to New Zealand, Jason Cummings entered the match in the second half.

The move paid off – after a goal-mouth scramble, Cummings got the final touch as the ball nestled into the net, and the hosts were back on level terms just like that.

With the Mariners’ attack and the Wanderers’ defence, neither team could score the winning goal. A thrilling 90 minutes of football ended in a deadlock at Gosford.

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Central Coast Mariners 2 (Silvera 30′, Cummings 73′)

Western Sydney Wanderers 2 (Ngbakoto 35′, Borrello 60′)

 

Stadium: Industree Group Stadium, Gosford

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick & Ryan Gallagher

Fourth Offical: Hassan Jomaa

 

Central Coast Mariners: DANIEL VUKOVIC, BRIAN KALTAK, JOSHUA NISBET,  NECTARIOS TRIANTIS, MARCO TULIO,  DAN HALL (HARRISON STEE 61’),  PAUL AYONGO(SASHA KUZEVSKI 61’), MICHEAL RUHS (JASON CUMMINGS 61’), SMAUEL SILVERA(CHRISTIAN THEOHAROUS 65’), MAXIMILLIEN BALARD (JAMES BAYLISS 85’), THOMAS AQUILINA

Unused subs: YAREN SOZER, CAMERON WINDUST,

Western Sydney Wanderers: LAWRENCE THOMAS (GK), ADAMA TRAORE, TOMISLAV MRCELA, MARCELO GUEDES, DANIEL WILMERING (AIDAN SIMMONS 56’), OLIVER BOZANIC (ALEXANDER BADOLATO 69’), CALEM NIEUWENHOF, BRANDON BORRELLO, ROMAIN AMALFITANO( ALESSANDRO LOPANE 80’), YENI NGBAKOTO(MILOS NINKOVIC 80’),  GABRIEL CLEUR

Unused subs: NATHANAEL BLAIR, ALEXANDER BONETIG,  DANIEL MARGISH

Feature Image Credit: Central Coast Mariners

 

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Edith Yankuba
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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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