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Mariners four-minute double salvo stuns Reds

 

The Central Coast Mariners have scored a gutsy come from behind win in front of a meagre 4,508 fans at Central Coast Stadium this afternoon.

Both sides traded barbs early with the home side intent to improve on their showing against Sydney FC, whilst Adelaide were hoping to maintain the momentum that saw them put seven past a hapless Newcastle United Jets a fortnight ago.

Mitch Duke and Nick Fitzgerald were impressive early on for the Mariners but spurned opportunities to give the home side an early advantage, something that Adelaide United took advantage off.

Awer Mabil solidified his reputation as a burgeoning talent in Australian football early on and on 29 minutes, made the breakthrough for the visitors.

Just moments after his long shot on goal was parried by Mariners stopper Liam Reddy, the electric youngster found himself in space in the box after a pass from Sergio Cirio, before sidestepping and unleashing a ferocious shot past the oncoming Reddy.

The Mariners did their best to get back into the game however Mat Simon found himself in Alan Milliner’s book just before half-time as the striker brought down Tarek Elrich on the half way line with Adelaide on the lookout to attack.

The opening stanza of the second half left much to be desired with only a few flashes on goal from either side.

Match Details Full match details »

Central Coast

Yellow Card45′ M.SimonGoal79′ N.FitzgeraldGoal83′ J.Rose

Adelaide

Goal29′ A.Mabil

However, the Mariners had Reddy to thank yet again as Pablo Sanchez fired a sizzling shot on goal with around fifteen minutes to play, however the custodian was more than up to the task, leaping to make the save only to repeat the same feat off the following corner.

On 79 minutes, the Mariners were gifted a lifeline as a harmless shot by Nick Fitzgerald found itself into the box and onto the outstretched hand of Michael Marrone.

The resulting penalty by Fitzgerald was saved by Galekovic, however there was nothing he could do about the followup, and the Mariners went level.

Then with seven minutes on the clock, the impossible just minutes before became possible and the Mariners found themselves in the lead.

Mitchell Duke, who could find his way to the J-League in the coming days with Shimizu S-Pulse, did well to put in a cross to what seemed like a dot on the horizon closing in fast on the penalty area.

That man turned out to be Mariners talisman Joshua Rose who chested the ball forwards and toe poked it under the unlucky Galekovic to give the home side an unlikely lead.

And hold onto that lead the home side did despite a late onslaught from the visiting side to give the few home fans at Central Coast Stadium something to cheer about, whilst the Reds will again see this as a chance lost to gain on league-leaders Perth Glory.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Year’ Votes
3 Josh Rose (Central Coast Mariners)
2 Awer Mabil (Adelaide United)
1 Nick Fitzgerald (Central Coast Mariners)
Youth Awer Mabil (Adelaide United)

About the author

avatarKris is a freelance sports journalist, a two-time WA media guild award winner, and podcast host and writer for Ultimate A-League.

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