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O’Donovan rescues a point for the Mariners

Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix produced a 1-1 draw in a wet encounter on Sunday afternoon at Central Coast Stadium.

The Phoenix opened their account through former Mariner Michael McGlinchey, who celebrated his 150th A-League appearance, while Irish striker Roy O’Donovan equalised for the hosts in the second half.

The Mariners were missing Nick Fitzgerald to suspension from their clash with Sydney FC last week, while Vince Lia and Tom Doyle were absent from the Phoenix side that lost to Melbourne Victory 3-0 away from home.

Wellington opened the scoring with a well-worked goal by Michael McGlinchey in the 7th minute, after the New Zealand international cut in from a Roy Krishna cross and shot past Central Coast goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

The Phoenix had another opportunity in the 15th minute through Roly Bonevacia, who fired a shot from outside the box, however it was taken care of by Izzo.

Anthony Caceres almost produced a spectacular goal for the Mariners in the 20th minute, when the midfielder flicked the ball up to himself and shot, only to miss just wide.

The Mariners were close a minute later through Fabio Ferreira, after the winger beat three players and shot outside the box, however it fell to Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss.

In the 25th minute, the Mariners had another chance when Storm Roux crossed to Jacob Poscoliero, only for Poscoliero to head the ball wide across the goal.

Central Coast thought they had scored in the 30th minute through Roy O’Donovan, however the assistant referee ruled him offside.

The Mariners produced a cleverly worked free kick in the 36th minute and almost lit up Central Coast Stadium, however Ferreira’s resulting shot missed the goal.

The hosts were close again in the 39th minute, with Liam Rose’s strong shot from outside the box being palmed away by Moss.

Fabio Ferreira had another opportunity in the 42nd minute while under pressure, only for his shot to miss to the right.

Wellington nearly doubled their lead in the 59th minute through Bonevacia, however his powerful shot from outside the box struck the crossbar, following a faint touch by Mariners goalkeeper Izzo.

The Mariners missed yet another opportunity in the 69th minute, after Ferreira’s powerful shot missed across the face of goal.

However, Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan opened their account in the 75th minute and scored his 3rd goal of the season, after he converted a well-worked header from a corner that rewarded the hosts for their dominant second half.

Central Coast nearly stole the match late, with a scramble in the box in the 91st minute forcing Phoenix goalkeeper Moss to tap the ball over the bar.

Despite not being able to convert their chances, the Mariners now look forward to the F3 derby against their rivals Newcastle away from home next week.

The Phoenix, who gained a handy point away from home, return to Westpac Stadium to host Adelaide on Friday.


Ultimate A-League ‘Player of the Season’ Votes
3 Nick Montgomery (Central Coast)
2 Fabio Ferreira (Central Coast)
1 Michael McGlinchey (Wellington Phoenix)

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