Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - Season 6

Mariners consolidate 2nd spot
By Nick Guoth

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 23
8pm, Wednesday 19 January, 2011
at East Perth Oval (niB)

Perth Glory FC 1
(Todd Howarth 38’)
lost to
Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Daniel McBreen 22’, Matt Simon 23')

(Photo linked from FFA web site)

The Central Coast Mariners took one major step towards securing on of the top two positions when they defeated Perth Glory two goals to one at nib Stadium in Perth in Round 23 midweek action of the Hyundai A-League.

It was a mad ten minutes mid-way through the first half when all the action took place. Two goals, a missed penalty and a send-off all came about in this period.

The game commenced in a frenetic pace, Perth given the biggeet chance of the opening ten minutes. A delicate ball from Robbie Fowler over the defence found Mile Stejovski running on. He hestitated, though, allowing Chris Doig to get in and push the ball out for a corner.

From that set play, the ball came in to Tommy Amphlett within a crowded penalty area. The midfielder was able to turn a few players before letting off a shot that Matthew Ryan had to tip over the bar. Then came the ten minutes of madness, for Perth. By the half-hour mark they were now two goals down and a player down.

First a corner from the left by Michael McGlinchey went to the far post where a number of Mariners went for the ball. It would be Trent Sainsbury who got to the ball first heading it back across goal for the totally unmarked Daniel McBreen to head the other way and inside the far post.

Only one minute later the scoreline was doubled. This time a ball down the right found the young Perth-born boy Sainsbury. His measured cross slid in behind the defence for Matt Simon to tap in over Velaphi.

Two minutes later and Central Coast could be three goals up. McBreen ran onto a through ball and just inside the box where Andy Todd chose to take him down. Velaphi played mind games with Simon before the 10-goal hero for the Mariners could take the penalty. It worked as Simon sent a poor spot kick to his left which Velaphi picked and saved.

McBreen also could have increased the scoreline when a ball in from the left by Oliver Bozanic found him. McBreen’s deflection, under pressure, went wide.

Then the most experienced player on the Perth side had a brain explosion. Jamie Harnwell, in going up to challenge for a header with Matt Simon appeared to elbow the striker, on purpose. Referee Jarred Gillett had no hesitation in sending Harnwell off.

The setback did not deter the Glory from pushing forward and within ten five minutes they could have been back in the game. A cross from the left found Sterjovski running on. As Sterjovski was positioning himself to receive the ball, he tripped over Pedj Bojic, who was running in a perpendicular direction.

The referee’s assistant chose not to take any action and thus, to both Sterjovski’s and the crowd’s displeasure, neither did Gillett. A few minutes later, though, Perth were on the scoresheet.

Scott Neville was making inroads down the right and sent in a cross to the near post. Sterjovski glanced the ball on with his head to find Todd Howarth breezing in at the far post to slam the ball past Ryan.

It was evident, after such a wild first half, that both coaches would need to re-think what was to happen in the second period. For Ian Ferguson it was more of the same as the way they ended the first half while for Graham Arnold, he needed to restructure his team to cope with being a player up.

Considering the action that was evident throughout the opening period, the second commenced with a whimper, except for a header by Simon that went over. The heavy ground and the extra matches were started to taking their toll.

The fact that Perth were one player down was not evident with the likes of Steven McGarry, Adriano Pellegrino and Fowler each causing problems for the Mariners defence. A pull back from Fowler found Howarth streaming into the penalty area, but his shot was well blocked by Doig.

Central Coast rarely challenged the Perth goal, a header across the goal from McBreen after a McGlinchey cross was the best they could create.

At the other end, Perth kept pushing and even brought on two strikers, one for a midfielder to bolster the forward line such was Ferguson’s confidence that his defence were holding well.

One, Adam Taggart, had a chance when Neville’s low cross was tapped by Sterjovski into the young striker’s path. Taggart did not get true purchase on the ball, the shot becoming an easy save for Ryan.

Perth kept pushing forwad but were unable to find the break-through they probably deserved. Poor finishing was going to cost them nd when Taggart had another opportunity in the 93rd minute, just like his previous shot, Ryan was not concerned.

Then with seconds to go, Pelegrino needed to make a rugby tackle to stop Michael Baird from scoring and that was his second caution and the second send off of the game.

The result sends Central Coast to second place on their own, now three points ahead of Adelaide. meanwhile Perth can now commence planning for the next season as they are practically mathematically out of the Finals chase.

The ill-discipline of Ferguson’s key players will be of concern for himself and the management of Perth, Harnwell about to take a few games off and possibly Pellegrino joining him.

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 23
8pm, Wednesday 19 January, 2011
at East Perth Oval (niB)

Perth Glory FC 1
(Todd Howarth 38’)

lost to
Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Daniel McBreen 22’, Matt Simon 23')

    Crowd: 6,828


    Perth Glory FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Tando Velaphi (gk), 2. Josh Mitchell, 4. Andy Todd, 5. Jamie Harnwell (RC), 9. Robbie Fowler (8. Victor Sikora +77’), 12. Scott Neville (c) (15. Howard Fondyke +90+4’), Tommy Amphlett, 14. Steven McGarry (26. Adam Taggart +84’), 16. Adriano Pellegrino (RC), 17. Todd Howarth, 21. Mile Sterjosvski

    Substitutes not used: 20. Alex Pearson (rgk)

    Interim Coach: Ian Ferguson

    Yellow Cards: Steven McGarry 18’, Tando Velaphi 26’, Adriano Pellegrino 58’, 90'+3
    Red Cards: Jamie Harnwell 29’, Adriano Pellegrino 90'+3

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Matthew Ryan (gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 4. Pedj bojic, 7. John Hutchinson, 8. Roystn Griffiths (22. Mustafa Amini +58’), 11. Oliver Bozanic, 14. Michael McGlinchey, 16. Trent Sainsbury, 17. Chris Doig, 18. Alex Wilkinson (c), 19. Matt Simon (13. Michael Baird +73’)

    Substitutes not used: 30. Paul Henderson (rgk), 12. Matthew Lewis

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Pedj Bojic 15’, Roystn Griffiths 46’, Oliver Bozanic 49’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Jarred Gillett tba/10
    Assistants: Joe Fusari and Matthew Cheeseman, 4th official: Josh Manella

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Matt Simon (CCM)
    2. Adriano Pellegrino (PG)
    1. Scott Neville (PG)

    Pitch rating: 8.5/10

    Game rating: tba/10

    Match Report by Nick Guoth

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