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Central Coast outshine Glory in season opener

The Central Coast Mariners outplayed the Perth Glory to walk away with a convincing 3-2 win in their first game of the season.

The season opener for the Mariners and Glory was not a game that left A-League fans disappointed, as the Glory travelled east to take on the Mariners at Central Coast Stadium.

It was clear that the Glory were struggling with so many changes in the team from last season. Whether that’s the reason for the messy performance or not, the team know that they have to pick up and work on some major parts of their game if they want to give themselves any chance of getting towards the top of the table early on.

It was the Mariners that got the first goal on the board around the 10th minute of play, with a somewhat lucky goal. A shot on target from Anthony Caceres saw the ball ricochet off Glory’s keeper Ante Covic, before Roy O’Donovan fortuitously chested it into the back of the net.

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Central Coast

Goal9′ R.O’DonovanYellow Card31′ J.PoscolieroYellow Card40′ N.MontgomeryPenalty57′ F.Ferreira (Pen)Penalty77′ F.Ferreira (Pen)

Perth

Goal23′ R.GarciaYellow Card45′ N.MarinkovicYellow Card57′ G.FernandezYellow Card68′ G.SandorYellow Card84′ R.GarciaGoal90′ G.Sandor

While the Glory didn’t hold up well under the pressure of the Mariners defence, they answered back with a spectacular goal of their own.

After receiving the ball off of a cross over kick from Chris Harold, Glory captain Richard Garcia claimed a stunning headed goal, making the scores level again at 1-1 with just over 20 minutes gone.

The Mariners, though, once again showed how thirsty they were to get their season off to a great start. Some poor defence from the Glory saw Nicholas Fitzgerald try to sneak the ball into the back of the net but the shot was off target and, nearing the half-time break, the scores remained at 1-1.

Covic was lucky to keep his team in the game after juggling with the ball just outside the six yard box, which almost resulted in Mitch Austin of the Mariners reclaiming the lead for his team. Unfortunately, his shot was off target and it was clear that Covic was not impressed with himself, but he would be let off as the referee called for half-time.

With a very scrappy first half, the Glory would be looking to capitalise on their opportunities and build on their attack coming into the second half of the game.

The beginning of the second half was good for the Mariners, however, coming courtesy of a penalty awarded after Guyon Fernandez tripped Fabio Ferriera.

Lining up the penalty himself, Ferriera took the shot at goal and put his team ahead 2-1 after 58 minutes.

Things would only get worse for the visiting team as the Mariners were once again awarded another penalty. With Ferriera proving to be a bit of a nuisance for Covic, he put his second goal into the back of the net, giving the Mariners a 3-1 lead.

Both teams opted for some fresh legs as they made changes to their teams with 15 minutes remaining in the game. Central Coast replaced Nick Montgomery with Harry Ascroft, while Perth changed Marinkovic for Sidnei Sciola.

Some patience from the Glory should have narrowed the gap near the end of the game, but Diego Castro over hit his shot at goal and the ball went flying over the top of the bar.

Perth keeper Covic certainly showed his frustrations towards his team mates as he was forced to make a quick dash to defend the net. He was able to deflect the ball with his foot to take the immediate heat away from the Glory.

While a consolation goal by Perth’s Gyorgy Sandor was enough to narrow the lead of the Mariners, it was not enough to outshine what was a dismal performance by the Perth Glory.

With the Mariners taking the 3-2 win, it is apparent that both teams have some things to work on for their games in the next round.

 

Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Fabio Ferreira (Central Coast Mariners)
2 Liam Reddy (Central Coast Mariners)
1 Mitch Austin (Central Coast Mariners)

 

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avatarGemma is a freelance journalist, and a contributor to Ultimate A-League.

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