Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - Season 6

Mariners halt Reds
By Chris Dunkerley

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 20
5:00pm, Sunday 26 December, 2010
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Matt Simon 50', og. Sergio van Dijk 79')
Adelaide United FC 0

(Sergio van Dijk rues his own goal - Photo Nick Guoth for BOTN)

Central Coast Mariners edged up the table on their 2nd placed Adelaide United opponents through a solid 2-0 win in a sweltering Gosford this evening. A goal early in the second half lifted the home side and they applied much pressure down the flanks, going further in front though an own goal from Adelaide's Sergio van Dijk.

It had been raining on the Coast until 2 hours before the game and as the searing sun came out it was in sweltering humidity that the game kicked off at 5pm. This had a definite impact as both sides struggled to get a flowing game going in the first half and there were plenty of unforced errors, with little risk-taking.

Paul Reid got the first real shot at goal in the 9th minute for the Reds when he hit a snap shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area. Michael McGlinchey got a cross into Adam Kwasnik but the striker was unable to hit the target.

Pedj Bojic got forward on the right in the 22nd minute and despite being tripped by Cassio he got a cross into the centre where Matt Simon drew a save from Eugene Galekovic.

Adelaide were attacking through the middle but it wasn't until the 27th minute that Sergio van Dijk was able to get a header in, albeit off a corner, and even then it went wide. Just before half-time Galekovic parried an angled shot from Matt Simon.

After the break Simon beat Iain Fyfe then drifting inside, with Patricio Perez drawing defenders in front of him. Tracked but not tackled by former Mariners Nigel Boogaard whe had time to pick his spot. He struck as low shot to the left, out of Galekovic’s reach and inside the post for his 7th goal of the season. 1-0

Adam Hughes lashed a shot just wide off the left post in the 78th minute as the Reds’ urgency increased and Rini Coolen rung substitutions, but the Mariners soon extended their lead courtesy of a defensive error.

Marking Mariners Dutch defender Patrick Zwaanswijk at a McGlinchey corner from the left, van Dijk tried to deny his fellow Dutchman the ball but it come off the shin of van Dijk and bounced into the back of the Reds’ net, giving Galekovic no chance. 2-0

Adelaide were unable to get their wide playing substitutes into play and despite the Reds continuing to battle, it was the Mariners who looked more like adding to the score.

It wasn't a game that rose to any great heights, though the Mariners performed better than last Wednesday against the Fury; while Adelaide are in a form slump in which goals have dried up.

Mariners coach Graham Arnold was of course pleased with the back-to-back wins at home in a week, where he has asked for a 'fortress' to be built. He stated after the game, “I think part of our strength is definitely our flanks ... today I thought we started a bit slow .. however we’ve worked hard". "I thought in the second half we played much stronger and came home better” he added.

Arnold was confident that his side could capitalise on the run of home games coming up. "I don't know how many clean sheets that is this year but that's got to be 10 or 11 from 20 games, which is superb.'' "We've got a tough one on Friday night and Rostyn Griffiths is out suspended, but why not?'' he asked. ''Chris Doig, who was doing very well, had to be left out of the squad because John Hutchinson was back fit, so we've got a few players with a bit of depth. Let's go for it.''

Red's coach Rini Coolen said that "we didn’t create a lot of chances, but you don’t create a lot of chances against the Central Coast. It was a flat game to be honest and we have some problems that we have to work on”.

"I think we had the better chances in the first half and then they scored the goal through a mistake, so we changed the system to be a little bit more attacking and you felt we were going to create some chances to score, but then they scored through an own goal and you knew the game was over,” a disappointed Rini Coolen added.

Adelaide must back up for another two games in a week, starting with what now becomes a crucial encounter against Sydney FC at the Adelaide Oval as soon as Wednesday night. The Mariners host fellow top 6 contenders Melbourne Victory on New Year's Eve (Friday).

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 20
5:00pm, Sunday 26 December, 2010
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Matt Simon 50', og. Sergio van Dijk 79')

Adelaide United FC 0

    Crowd: 6,249


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Matthew Ryan (gk), 18. Alex Wilkinson (c), 3. Joshua Rose, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 4. Pedj Bojic, 11. Oliver Bozanic, 14. Michael McGlinchey, 19. Matt Simon (7. John Hutchinson +89'), 23. Adam Kwasnik (2. Daniel McBreen +76'), 8. Rostyn Griffiths, 10. Patricio Perez (22. Mustafa Amini +80')
    Substitutes not used: 30. Paul Henderson (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Rostyn Griffiths 68', Matt Simon 72''
    Red Cards: Nil

    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Eugene Galekovic (gk), 3. Nigel Boogard (7. Lucas Pantelis +85'), 4. Iain Fyfe, 6. Cassio, 8. Adam Hughes, 9. Sergio van Dijk, 10. Marcos Flores (24. Cameron Watson +70'), 12. Paul Reid (c2), 13. Travis Dodd (c) (17. Iain Ramsay +70'), 18. Fabian Barbiero, 26. Joe Keenan
    Substitutes not used: 30. Mark Birighitti (rgk)

    Coach: Rini Coolen

    Yellow Cards: Adam Hughes 66', Fabian Barbiero 65'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Ryan Shepheard 5/10
    Assistants: Sarah Ho, Scott Edeling; Fourth official: Kurt Ams

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Joshua Rose (CCM)
    2. Pedj Bojic (CCM)
    1. Patrick Zwaanswijk (CCM)

    Pitch rating: 7/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match Report and ratings: Chris Dunkerley

Picture Gallery : Photos Nick Guoth for BOTN

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