Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Coast rue chances
as Wanderers go top
By Chris Dunkerley

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 23
7:45pm, Saturday 2 March, 2013
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1
(Labinot Haliti 81')

(Photo by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN)

Western Sydney Wanders FC have moved to the top of the A-League table with a 1-0 win over reigning Premiers Central Coast Mariners at a very wet and loud Central Coast Stadium on Saturday night.

One could be forgiven for thinking that you had been transported to a top European league club's compact stadium, were it not for the palm trees and yachts. Nevertheless, whether it was the incessant rain, the noise levels, or the marine flares it was still spooky sitting in the stands.

This is a another game that the Central Coast team have let slip. Again though sloppy finishing, and again missed or saved penalties.

Both defences were on top, with the Mariners midfield and attack crafting more chances, but as fast and furious as it was as a spectacle it was off the field rather than on it that caught the eye.

After 0-0 at the break, it was league top scorer, Mariner Daniel McBreen had the best chance from open play for the home side when his stinging shot cannoned off the crossbar.

Then when the home side should have snatched victory from a soft penalty awarded for a handling of Patrick Zwaanswijk by Dino Kressinger, it was Mat Ryan who ran up to take it.

With penalty taking confidence down in the squad after far too many misses in recent games, it was a groan from the yellow areas of the stands as he hit it hard, but straight at the extended legs of Ante Covic as he dived right.

Disaster for the Mariners when in the 81st minute a wall pass by La Rocca, to Mark Bridge, and on to substitute Labinot made the difference. Left to run by Coast's experienced defender Patrick Zwaanswijk the on-side Haliti drew 'keeper Mat Ryan right, then hit it left past him to write another page in the Wanderers short history.

This first defeat by the Wanderers ends Central Coast’s unbeaten run at Bluetongue Stadium this season, and extends the Wanderers late un-beaten run home or away to 8 games.

The re-scheduled National Youth League Round 18 clash between Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory due at Gosford on Sunday 3 March has been cancelled due to weather. Over 100 millimetres of rain fell in Gosford overnight, and after a pitch inspection this morning it was deemed the surface would not be fit for play by 3:00pm.

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 23
7:45pm, Saturday 2 March, 2013
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Western Sydney Wanderers FC 1
(Labinot Haliti 81')

    Crowd: 18,721


    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew RYAN (gk), 2. Daniel MCBREEN, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Pedj BOJIC, 6. Patrick ZWAANSWIJK, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 9. Bernie IBINI, 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY, 16. Trent SAINSBURY, 18. Nick MONTGOMERY (5. Zachary ANDERSON +85’), 19. Mitchell DUKE (29. Nick FITZGERALD +67’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Pasfield (rgk), 11. Oliver BOZANIC

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: John Hutchinson, Joshua Rose, Mitchell Duke, Nick Fitzgerald
    Red Cards:Nil

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Ante COVIC (gk), 3. Adam D’APUZZO, 4. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEYM 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP (c), 6. Jerome POLENZ, 8. Mateo POLJAK, 9. Dino KRESINGER (7. Labinot HALITI +72’), 17. Youssouf HERSI, 18. Iacopo LA ROCCA (11. Tarek ELRICH +89’), 19. Mark BRIDGE, 21. Shinji ONO (10. Aaron MOOY +60’)

    Substitutes not used: 20. Jerrad TYSON (rgk)

    Coach: Tony Popovic

    Yellow Cards: Jerome Polenz, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Labinot Haliti
    Red Cards: Nil

    Referee:Alan Milliner 7/10
    Assistants 1: Scott Edeling, 2: Sarah Ho; 4th Official: Kris Griffiths Jones

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Ante Covic (WSW)
    2. Nick Montgomery (CCM)
    1. Patrick Zwaanswijk (CCM)
    A mention to Michael McGlinchey and Wanderers pair Nikolai Topor-Stanley and ex Mariners Michael Beauchamp.

    Pitch rating: 7/10 - how it held that much rain I don't know (must have also been low tide)

    Game rating: 7/10 - exciting, fast but more a derby or final in feeling. Atmosphere 11/10 - thanks Wanderers and Mariners fans.

    Match report and ratings: By Chris Dunkerley

(Photo by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN)

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