Mariners move to second place with commanding 4-0 win

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The Central Coast Mariners put on a show of dominance in front of over 6,000 fans in Gosford, securing a 4-0 win against a 10-man Adelaide United.

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The showdown between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United was a tense match from the start.

For most of the opening half, it was a battle for possession. Though the Mariners managed to hold onto the ball more, both sides created a similar amount of chances to score.

Both teams struggled to convert multiple chances until the 31st minute when Samuel Silvera fired a fierce cross that deflected off Adelaide defender Alexandar Popovic, and landed into the back of the net.

Following the deflected goal, Adelaide upped the offensive, executing three goal attempts in the space of a minute. Unfortunately for the Reds, the end result was still no goal.

In the additional three minutes of the half, Jason Cummings almost doubled the score for the Mariners, but the strike was blocked.

The second half immediately started off wrong for Adelaide, with Isaías copping a red card in the 46th minute for a nasty challenge on Jacob Farrell.

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The Mariners did not hesitate to take advantage of the ten-man Reds, with Beni Nkololo scoring a second goal after nailing in a deflected ball from Silvera.

The Central Coast didn’t let up though and continued their assault on Adelaide’s goal.

Just a few minutes later, the Mariners scored a third goal after a cross from Marco Túlio ricocheted off Reds’ winger Panashe Madanha’s foot and rolled into the goal.

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The game continued to go from bad to worse for Adelaide as three minutes later, Farrell put a fourth tally on the scoreboard for the Mariners.

Shortly after, both teams made triple substitutions, a sign that the game was already over.

Despite Carl Veart’s attempt to inject new energy into the game, the Mariners continued to dominate the goal area.

In the 66th minute, Silvera placed his shot to perfection and believed he finally had his goal.

However, the goal was overturned when a VAR review found Michael Ruhs to be offside and impacting Joe Gauci’s ability to save the shot. This was perhaps the only act of mercy that was shown to Adelaide during the game.

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The Mariners didn’t let the controversial decision slow them down however, and continued to make attempts at the goal for the rest of the half.

The Reds on the other hand, were quickly losing their fighting spirit, only managing to find three opportunities to score in between the Mariner’s barrage of attempts.

However, neither team were able to secure another goal by the final whistle.

The Mariners started 2023 right with a dominant 4-0 win and a promotion to second place on the ladder.

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Next week, Central Coast Mariners will travel to Campbelltown to face Macarthur FC, while Adelaide United will return home to play against the desperate Melbourne Victory.

Central Coast Mariners 4 (Alexander POPOVIC (OG) 31’, Beni NKOLOLO 48’, Marco TÚLIO 55’, Jacob FARRELL 58’)
Adelaide United 0

Industree Group Stadium

Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referees: Andrew Lindsay & Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Hassan Jomaa

Central Coast Mariners: Daniel VUKOVIC (C) (GK), Thomas AQUILINA (Sasha KUZEVSKI 60’), Brian KALTAK, Joshua NISBET (Maximilien BALARD 63’), Samuel SILVERA (Cameron Windust 83’), Jason CUMMINGS, Beni NKOLOLO, Harrison STEELE, Jacob FARRELL (Storm ROUX 60’), Nectarios TRIANTIS, Marco TÚLIO (Michael RUHS 59’)
Unused subs: Daniel HALL, Yaren SOZER (GK)

Adelaide United: Joe GAUCI (GK), Ryan KITTO, Isaías SÁNCHEZ CORTÉS, Hiroshi IBUSUKI (Asad KASUMOVIĆ 75’), Zach CLOUGH (Joshua CAVALLO 60’), Craig GOODWIN (C) (George BLACKWOOD 82′), Lachlan BARR (Nicholas ANSELL 61’), Benjamin HALLORAN, JUANDE (Louis D’ARRIGO 60’), Panashe MADANHA, Alexandar POPOVIĆ
Unused subs: Nestory IRANKUNDA, James DELIANOV (GK)

 

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Jasmine Singh
Jasmine Singh
One of the two journalists covering the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners for the 2022/23 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) / Bachelor of International Studies at the University of New South Wales. A true crime addict and dog lover.

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