Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Leaders Coast dispose of rival in come-back
By Chris Dunkerley

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 18
7:30pm, Friday 25 January, 2013
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 3
(Mitchell Duke 67’, 72’, Michael McGlinchey 88')
defeated
Adelaide United FC 1
(Daniel Bowles 40')


In a completely lop-sided game in Gosford last night the Central Coast Mariners oddly had to come from behind to defeat their closest rivals Adelaide United 3-1 in front of 8,294 in a strong late sea-breeze.

At half-time the statistician had 1 goal and oodles of saves on the Adelaide side of his/her sheet, and had run out of room on the other for the home sides attempts on goal, balls into the penalty area, and possession in the opposing half!

A sloppy back pass from Daniel Bowles for the visitors in the 2nd minute almost let the league’s leading scorer Daniel McBreen in. McBreen, Michael Glinchey, Bernie Ibini-Isei, and Oliver Bozanic wasted literally dozens of chances, or had a magnificent display of 'keeping by the Red's Eugene Galekovic thwart them!

Such was the dominance of the home side, the shock of seeing Geronimo Neumann's glancing shot from a Daniel Bowles cross in the 35th minute, and Mat Ryan forced to parry, that I turned to my fellow fan on the left and said - 'the way we are dominant and not scoring, the next time the Reds do that they'll score!'

Well sorry Mariners fans, blame me! In the 40th minute Bowles hit a speculative inward curling shot from 35m out on the right. It took a slight deviation off a body, which also masked its flight, but continued to curl and beat a horizontal Mat Ryan at his right post. 0-1

Again in the second half it was one-way traffic again, with the Reds seemingly unable to penetrate the Mariners defence. This time the chances were harder to come by as the visitors defended desperately.

It was the re-jigging of his side in the 61st minute by Graham Arnold, putting on striker Mitchell Duke for midfielder Olly Bozanic, that was the clincher.

The twin threat of Duke and McBreen, with Ibini-Isei wider on the right was too much. In the 67th minute Mitchell Duke latched onto a loose ball in the area that had not been cleared and hit a ground shot from 30m on the left that left Galekovic grasping. 1-1

Ten minutes later Duke received a ball wide on the left, cut inside, and seeing the keeper central, swung the ball with venom inside the left upright. 2-1

In the 70th minute with the Mariners rampant, Daniel McBreen was brought down in the area, and stepped up for the take. Eugene Galekovic picked the correct way, to his left, and as the ball was at waist height he could palm it away.

Michael McGlinchey gave to the scoreline a more reflective balance in the 88th minute when he was on hand in the box, to knock in a lay-off by substitute and the week's signing from the Roar, Nick Fitzgerald. 3-1

Mariner coach Graham Arnold told media his side’s performance was up there with their best of the season. “I think if we were more clinical in front of goals you could have had another Sydney FC score,” he said. “Our boys really stepped up tonight, the senior boys especially. The young boys had a lot of energy. Overall it was a great performance and it could have been five or six at half time.”

After picking up points but not playing their best football of the season in the last few rounds, Arnold was delighted with the reaction shown against the second-placed Reds.

“The type of football that we played was exciting to watch,” he said. “I wanted a reaction because I didn’t think our form against Melbourne Victory was top, and our form against Newcastle last week wasn’t our best. I think everyone knows I have a very high opinion of him (Duke),” he said. “I felt over the last few weeks he’s been getting back to his best, and I just said to him ‘it’s your night tonight’. He adds a lot of energy.”

“They (the Mariners) deserved it, they’re a good side, you can’t argue about that .... there’s a reason they’re top and we’re not (but) having said that we turned the ball over way too cheaply in the first half,” Reds coach John Kosmina said. “We defended with desperation, Eugene made a couple of good stops - but if you keep turning the ball over like that you’re going to build pressure on yourself, and eventually you’re going to start to feel the pinch physically and mentally.”



2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 18
7:30pm, Friday 25 January, 2013
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 3
(Mitchell Duke 67’, 72’, Michael McGlinchey 88')
defeated
Adelaide United FC 1
(Daniel Bowles 40')

    Crowd: 8,294

    MATCH STATS:

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew Ryan (gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 3. Joshua Rose, 4. Pedj Bojic, 5. Zachary Anderson, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 9. Bernie Ibini (29. Nick Fitzgerald +82'), , 11. Oliver Bozanic (19. Mitchell Duke 61'), 14. Michael McGlinchey, 18. Nick Montgomery

    Substitutes not used: 20. Justin Pasfield (rgk), 13. Brent Griffiths

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Nick Montgomery 46’, Patrick Zwaanswijk 83'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Adelaide United FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Eugene Galekovic (g) (c), 3. Nigel Boogaard, 6. Cassio, 10. Dario Vidosic, 12. Antony Golec, 14. Cameron Watson, 16. Daniel Bowles, 17. Iain Ramsay (8. Marcelo Carrusca +79'), 18. Fabian Barbiero, 21. Jeronimo Neumann (19. Jake Barker-Daish +68'), 23. Evan Kostopoulos (4. Jonathan McKain +75')

    Substitutes not used: 20. Paul Izzo (rgk)

    Coach: John Kosmina

    Yellow Cards: Geronimo Neumann 45+1'
    Red Cards: Nil


    Referee: Peter O’Leary 8/10
    Assistant referees: Rod Allen, Scott Edeling; Fourth official: Kris Griffiths Jones; Referee Assessor: Steve Fenech; Match Commissioner: Mat Eggleton

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Eugene Galekovic (AU)
    2. Nick Montgomery (CCM)
    1. Pedj Bojic (CCM)

    Pitch rating: 7.5/10

    Game rating: 8/10

    Match report, photo/s and ratings: By Chris Dunkerley (with thanks to club media)













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