Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Mariners win the battle
By Chris Dunkerley

2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 2
5:00pm, Sunday 14 October, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Daniel McBreen 70')
defeated
Perth Glory FC 0


(Photo by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN)

Daniel McBreen’s 70th minute goal off the bench was enough to give Central Coast Mariners a first home game of the season. Their 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Bluetongue Stadium on a Sunday evening by Brisbane Water, was in front of 9,192 fans dressed in a mix of yellow, pink.

With Glory downing high flying Brisbane Roar in Perth last round they arrived full of confidence, with a rugged game expected led by their captain Jacob Burns. And so it panned out, though it never got much above argy-bargy level, but did seem to make the home side lose their passing game for long spells as they were closed down.

The first half was fairly uneventful, with my pen still until the 22nd minute. A free-kick after a crunching Jacob Burns tackle had earned him a yellow card, was taken by Patrick Zwaanswijk but he hit in low and without real fire. Former Mariners 'keeper Danny Vukovic was down early to relieve any danger to Perth.

Glory were playing on the break, with the Mariners maintaining considerable possession under pressure. Nine minutes later Mile Sterjovski swung a corner onto the head of Zwaanswijk but the big Dutchman uncharacteristically send it over.

In th 32nd Dean Hefferan was on a run down free the left to gather a pass, but Mat Ryan came out fast and sent it out of play with a diving header.

In the mid second half Steve McGarry put himself about in the area, getting on the end of a ball from illy Mehmet but it was forced for a corner.

In the 70th minute man-of-the-match Trent Sainsbury picked up on a run by Mariners substitute and former Glory man Daniel McBreen. The veteran striker pulled the ball down and turned as he did, steering the ball past Glory custodian Vukovic, who was stranded by the smart move. 1-0

The Mariners got a lift, a snap shot by Perth substitute Nick Ward, and some pressure but it was all over.

It wasn't a great game for the spectator, but it was a competitive game between two well drilled sides who will push for finals places.

The pink one-off look in the strip was to help promote Pink Ribbon Day to be held on Monday 22 October, and had support of the home crowd. Mariners Director of Footbal Lawrie McKinna, himself resplendent in a pink suit and matching tie, said later - perhaps in jest - that it might be the teams' next away strip. It certainly looked good.

“It’s a disappointed dressing room,” said Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson after the game. “We frustrated the Mariners and were unlucky a few times and then unfortunately got caught with a sucker punch. I thought we did enough (to earn a point). We had a few chances and didn’t take them today.”

Mariners coach Graham Arnold said he was pleased that his team showed improvement from their round 1 draw against A-League new boys Western Sydney Wanderers. "Last week was probably a five and today was about a six (out of ten),” Arnold said. We can do much better and we have to do much better. The standard of the A-League is going up and we need to go up with it. I don’t want us to be in form in October, we weren’t last year. We build into the season and it’s important that we’re fit and we grind out results and we’re strong defensively.”

Graham Arnold also shared his delight with the performance of 20-year-old defender Sainsbury. A lot of people were worried and concerned when we lost Alex Wilkinson but I have a lot of faith in Australian youngsters and Trent Sainsbury who has been with us for two years has had to sit back and be patient. He has learnt the ropes off ‘Wilko’ (Wilkinson) and Patrick (Zwaanswijk) and I thought today he was superb,” he said.

The Coast have F3 Derby at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle next Saturday. “Next week we will have to go up another couple of levels because I thought Newcastle were very good last night against Sydney in a wonderful spectacle. It’s still a work in progress and we will only get better”, admitted Graham Arnold. Glory go to Wellington.



2011/2012 Hyundai A-League - Round 2
5:00pm, Sunday 14 October, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1
(Daniel McBreen 70')
defeated
Perth Glory FC 0

    Crowd: 9,192

    MATCH STATS:

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew Ryan (gk), 3. Joshua Rose, 4. Pedj Bojic, 6. Patrick Zwaanswijk, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 9. Bernie Ibini-Isei, 10. Tomas Rogic (5. Zachary Anderson +90'+2), 16. Trent Sainsbury, 18. Nick Montgomery, 19. Mitchell Duke (2. Daniel McBreen +63'), 21. Mile Stejovski (8. Adriano Pellegrino +78')
    Substitutes not used: 20. Justin Pasfield (rgk)

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: Patrick Zwaanswijk 34', Pedj Bojic 39'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Perth Glory FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Daniel Vukovic (gk), 3. Seb van den Brink, 4. Billy Mehmet, 7. Jacob Burns (c), 8. Dean Heffernan (12. Ryo Nagai +76'), 10. Liam Miller, 13, Travis Dodd, 14, Steve McGarry (6. Nick Ward +79'), 19. Joshua Risdon, 21. Scott Jamieson, 23. Michael Thwaite
    Substitutes not used: 5. Steve Pantelides, 39. Devon Spence (rgk)

    Coach: Ian Ferguson

    Yellow Cards: Michael Thwaite 12', Jacob Burns 22', Billy Mehmet 81’, Liam Miller 89'
    Red Cards: Nil


    Referee: Jarred Gillett 6/10 (niggly inconsistent free kick calls (mostly against the Mariners) spoiled his performance)
    Assistant referees: Rod Allen, Ryan Gallagher; Fourth official: Stephen Lucas; Match Commissioner: Mat Eggleton

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Trent Sainsbury (CCM)
    2. Michael Thwaite (PG)
    1. John Hutchinson (CCM)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 7/10

    Match Report, and ratings: By Chris Dunkerley (with thanks to club media)


(Photo by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN)


(Photo by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN)

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