Hyundai A-League - 2010/2011 - Season 6

Mariners do enough
to take clear second
By Chris Dunkerley

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 27
7pm, Sunday 13 February, 2010
at Central Coast Bluetounge Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Patrico Perez 90')
Newcastle United Jets FC 0

(Photo for BOTN by Lowenna Rappo)

Central Coast Mariners have ended the A-League Premiership season with a very solid second position and a double-chance place in the Championship finals through a last-gasp 1-0 win over Newcastle Jets through a single Patricio Perez goal.

Although a Newcastle - Central Coast 'F3' derby is always hard there was little riding on this one other than pride, and the Coast keeping their squad in shape for the coming windstorm of double legs against the Premiers, Brisbane Roar. So it turned out with a fairly dour feel despite the buzz on the terraces, and a lack of intensity especially in the second half.

Youngster Bernie Ibini-Isei had another start up front for the Mariners and was close marked. In the 16th minute it was all Tarek Elrich could do to pressure him away from dangerous cross.

A chance for the home side when Patrico Perez sent a free-kick curling from 25m out kin the 20th minute but it took a late bend away and passed the right upright harmlessly with Jets 'keeper Ben Kennedy scrambling.

One minute later Joshua Rose found space down the left and crosses to Bernie Ibini-Esei who layed off the ball to Perez. Alas the little Argentinian's shot was blocked by Kennedy.

A rare first half chace for the Jets when Ryan Griffths sped down the right and sent a ball across goal where Jobe Wheelhouse was unable to beat Mariners custodian Matt Ryan to the ball.

Just before half-time the Coast had a chance that came from their consistent patient possession. Ibini-Isei was held in the area but the ball fell to Daniel McBreen who slipped it to Rose, and then it was crossed from the left the Perez but his header was over the crossbar.

With the ever-present light rain making the pitch and ball increasingly greasy, Ali Abbas sent a powerful shot in from 20m in the 56th minute. Ryan got behind the ball well but was unable to hold, with the ball slewing away with Ryan in pursuit until he managed to bring it safely to his grasp.

Despite the Mariners playing well within themselves, albeit sloppy in shooting situations having missed at least 4 clear chances; the Jets started to make their own chances. In the 65th minute substitute striker Marko Jesic hit a lovely drive toward the top corner of the Mariners goal. Flying to his right was Matt Ryan, who tipped the ball away for a corner with one-hand.

The introduction of former Mariner Saso Petrovski made the home fans a bit nercous given his record late in games, but he made little impact.

The Mariners finished stronger with a good chance to Perez seeing Nikolai Topor-Stanley intercede to head over his own crossbar in the 88th minute.

As thr game came to the start of stoppage time the Mariners threaded a lovely series of passes together down the left. John Hutchinson, playing defensive midfielder as Rostyn Griffiths sat out on risk of suspension, broke up a move and slipped the ball out to Rose. The left fullback played in substitute Mustafa Amini, whose vision to return the pass to the still surging Rose was impressive. The speedster cut to the goal line and slipped the ball across the goal where Patricio Perez, backed up by Adam Kwasnik was grateful to side-foot it into the net. 1-0

“I thought overall it was a very good performance,” said Mariners coach Graham Arnold after the game. “The patience and discipline we showed in the second half was very pleasing. In the past we would have gone too gung-ho in search of a result".

He went on the say, “Newcastle made things difficult for us by putting players behind the ball, but in the end we had seven or eight good chances to their one, and we took it well so I think we deservedly won the game. We spoke before the game that we haven’t kept a clean sheet for a while. Our focus has been on a strong defensive structure and today it was very good. The conditions weren’t easy tonight, a lot of rain and strong wind meant there were some loose touches and passes, but overall I think we played well. At the start of the season we set ourselves the goal of conceding one goal a game. We missed out on one but to score 50 in a season, and concede only 31, I’m very proud of their efforts.”

2010/2011 Hyundai A-League - Round 27
7pm, Sunday 13 February, 2010
at Central Coast Bluetounge Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Patrico Perez 90')

Newcastle United Jets FC 0

    Crowd: 9,975


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    20. Mathew RYAN (gk), 2. Daniel MCBREEN (22. Mustafa AMINI 78’), 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7. John HUTCHINSON (16. Trent SAINSBURY 90’+2), 10. Patricio PEREZ, 11. Oliver BOZANIC, 14. Michael McGLINCHEY, 18. Alex WILKINSON (c), 24. Bernie IBINI-ISEI (23. Adam KWASNIK 61’)

    Substitutes not used: 30. Paul HENDERSON (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: John HUTCHINSON 61’
    Red Cards: Nil

    Newcastle Jets FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 2. Taylor REGAN, 3. Adam D'APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c), 11. Tarek ELRICH, 12. Jobe WHEELHOUSE, 14. Labinot HALITI (13. Sasho PETROVSKI 70’), 16. Jeremy BROCKIE (18. Marko JESIC 61’), 19.Ali ABBAS (31. Jacob PEPPER 81’), 23. Ryan GRIFFTHS, 28. Mario SIMIC

    Substitutes not used: 40. Matthew NASH (rgk)

    Coach: Branko Culina

    Yellow Cards: Adam D'APUZZO 25’, Mario SIMIC 71’, Jacob PEPPER 90’+2
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee: Chris Beath 7/10
    Assistant referees: Scott Edleing, Ben Wilson; Fourth official: Gerard Parsons

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Oliver Bozanic (CCM)
    2. Joshua Rose (CCM)
    1. Nikolai Toper-Stanley (NUJ)

    Pitch rating: 7/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match Report and ratings: by Chris Dunkerley

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