The Central Coast Mariners have fallen 8-2 at the hands of Wellington Phoenix, with Jack Clisby & Stephen Mallon giving the fans a minor consolation with two stunning strikes
Central Coast Mariners 2 (Clisby 61’ & Mallon 69’) Wellington Phoenix 8 (Graham OG 8’, Krishna 12’, 45’, Williams 21’, Cacace 51’, Singh 57’, 88’, Fenton 59’)
The run down
Despite the Mariners encouraging start, the Phoenix were able to grab the lead as a Krishna cross was helped into the net by Sam Graham. Wellington were quick to double their tally after Krishna chipped Ben Kennedy from range 12 minutes in.
The Mariners still managed to control possession despite the score line and were desperate to try and get back in the game. In the 22nd minute, a defensive error saw Singh steal the ball and put Williams through on goal, who fired his shot into the top corner.
As the half carried on, the Yellow and Navy managed to hold on after a handful of saves from Kennedy. The Mariners were able to create some momentum in their search to pull one back, but they were hit on the counter as Krishna doubled his tally right before the break. It was 4-0 at half time.
Six minutes into the second half, Cacace fired home a Krishna cross. Singh continued his good form and featured on the scoresheet five minutes later. Shortly after, Louis Fenton made it seven for the Phoenix.
The Yellow and Navy were able to pull one back after Clisby’s shot went in off the post from distance. With 10 minutes to go, Stephen Mallon scored his first A-League goal with a well placed set piece.
The momentum stayed with the Mariners for the dying stages, with the score line looking likely to keep increasing as the game opened up. Although, the Mariners were caught out committing numbers forward and were hit on the counter as Singh made it 8-2 for the Nix.
8’ Graham Own Goal (0-1): A dangerous cross by Krishna deflected off Graham for an own goal.
12’ Krishna Goal (0-2): Krishna chipped Ben Kennedy from range after a great over the top through ball.
22’ Williams Goal (0-3): David Williams fired into the top corner after linking up with Singh’s through ball.
45’ Krishna Goal (0-4): Burgess fed Krishna on goal and despite an initial save by Kennedy he was able to convert the rebound.
51’ Cacace Goal (0-5): Cacace calmly slotted home Krishna’s low driven cross.
57’ Singh Goal (0-6): Singh dribbled his way through the Mariners’ defence and placed his shot in bottom corner.
59’ Fenton Goal (0-7): Fenton was played in by Singh and coolly slotted his shot into the back of the net.
61’ Clisby Goal (1-7): A distant shot by Clisby curled past Kurto and in off the post. A cracking right footer.
69’ Mallon Goal (2-7): Mallon powered in a wonderful free kick from distance. He curled his strike over the wall to give Mariners fans something to cheer about.
88’ Singh Goal (2-8): Singh found himself free after a scramble in the box and converted his chance.
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Central Coast Mariners: 1. Ben KENNEDY (GK), 2. Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS, 3. Jack CLISBY, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY (c) (27. Charles M’MOMBWA 53’), 18. Matthew MILLAR (33. Lewis MILLAR 60’), 22. Jacob MELLING, 25. Jordan MURRAY, 26. Joshua NISBET (17. Peter KEKERIS 77’), 28. Samuel GRAHAM, 29. Stephen MALLON, 68. Jem KARACAN
Substitutes not used: 24. Joe GAUCI (GK) & 34. Michael GLASSOCK
Yellow cards: Karacan 23’, Murray 34’, Nisbet 41’, Melling 54’,
Wellington Phoenix: 1. Filip KURTO (GK), 4. Armando SOSA PENA (32. Gianni STENSNESS 87’), 11. David WILLIAMS (7. Cillian SHERIDAN 80’), 12. Antony GOLEC, 13. Liberato CACACE, 15. Michal KOPCZYNSKI, 16. Louis FENTON (17. Callon ELLIOT 66’), 18. Sarpreet SINGH, 21. Roy KRISHNA, 22. Andrew DURANTE (c), 23. Max BURGESS
Substitutes not used: 20. Oliver SAIL (GK) & 5. Ryan LOWRY
Yellow cards: Singh 33’, Kopczynski 36’,
Saturday, 9 March 2019
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners vs. Wellington Phoenix