Hyundai A-League - 2012/2013 - Season 8

Roar jinx junked by the Coast
By Chris Dunkerley

2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 8
5pm, Sunday 25 November, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Bernie Ibin-Isei 4', Tomas Rogic 81')
defeated
Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Massimo Murdocca 29')


The jinx that has lasted longer even than the A-League - the Mariners being unable to defeat the Roar at their Brisbane Water home - was junked in a solid display on Sunday evening.

The Mariners ended up 2-1 winners over their oft nemesis, the Brisbane Roar, in front of 9,084 fans on a hot day.

The contest started at a lively pace despite the conditions but it was the home side who drew first blood, with the first real chance of the game.

Tom Rogic pushed a forceful ball forward to Daniel McBreen, who with back to goal took some time to bring it under control. By then with men closing he back-heeled it to the right to a surging Pedj Bojic. Bojic continued his run with the ball and curled a cross over the defence to the far post where an unmarked Bernie Ibini-Isei, starting this game in lieu of Mile Sterjovski, headed cleanly between Michael Theo and his right post. 1-0

Fourteen minute later Theo's post was tested with a shot after some sparkling lead-up work by the home side. Shortly afterward, the Roar got forward through Henrique down the left side, but his cross evaded all. The Roar were seeking to get behind the Mariners through both flanks, but Ben Halloran was finding the going hard with close attention by Joshua Rose and Trent Sainsbury.

In the 29th minute Brisbane Roar grabbed an equaliser, from nowhere really! Goals are as scarce as hen's teeth for Massimo Murdocca but the diminuative midfielder savoured Christmas chook 1 month early as he steered his shot from 33m out, past an initially unsighted Mat Ryan. 1-1

'Handbags' later in the second half showed that Beshart Berisha can get frustrated when his runs are tracked relentlessly by the trio of Trent Sainsbury, Zac Anderson, and Nick Montgomery. In stoppage time of the first half Mariners captain John Hutchinson prevented the scoreline moving against his side when he cleared the ball off the line.

The Roar started the second half well, with more possession but the Mariners were content to bottle up the Roar and use either balls from Tomas Rogic or longer ones from Sainsbury to have the visitors back-pedalling. Twice Rogic made his weaving runs and either shot or put a quality ball to Daniel McBreen.

In the 81st Pedj Bojic surged down the right and cut toward goal but Roar substitute Matt Jurman impeded him. From the free kick by the Mariners substitute Oliver Bozanic the ball went near the goal line wide of goal on the left, where Michael McGlinchey punted it back. Tomas Rogic gathered and slammed it home. 2-1

A scare for the home side when Erik Paartalu headed from a Thomas Broich curling free-kick, but the ball was gathered by Mat Ryan.

The scoreline could have moved further in the Mariners direction if substitute Mitchell Duke's snap shot from a loose ball had not cannoned off the crossbar in stoppage time.

“I had no idea of that stat until yesterday,” Arnold said of the fact the Mariners had never beaten Brisbane Roar at home. "The boys made history today which is great. It was a good game overall ... a good spectacle in those conditions. It was tough for both teams but I thought we did very well today. I think the next couple of weeks are going to be interesting because there are a lot of players missing with the Socceroos,” he said. “It will be a test of depth for clubs, for sure ... we look forward to a top-of-the-table clash next week against Adelaide here at Bluetongue."

Central Coast Mariners FC host John Kosmina’s ladder topping Adelaide United FC next Saturday evening. A home win would move the Coast back to the top position that they held fleetingly.

“We just need to have a good look at ourselves and correct the little mistakes,” Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic said. “Apart from the silly goal, I think the first half was very good. We controlled the game, we kept the ball and we penetrated. Some parts of the second half we defended well at times, but the annoying part is you lose the game because of two silly mistakes.”



2012/2013 Hyundai A-League - Round 8
5pm, Sunday 25 November, 2012
at Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 2
(Bernie Ibin-Isei 4', Tomas Rogic 81')
defeated
Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Massimo Murdocca 29')

    Crowd: 9,084

    MATCH STATS:

    Central Coast Mariners FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Mathew Ryan (gk), 2. Daniel McBreen, 3. Joshua Rose, 4. Pedj Bojic, 5. Zachary Anderson, 7. John Hutchinson (c), 9. Bernie Ibini (11. Oliver Bozanic +70’), 10. Tomas Rogic (19. Mitchell Duke +87’), 14. Michael McGlinchey, 16. Trent Sainsbury, 18. Nick Montgomery
    Substitutes not used: 20. Justin Pasfield (rgk), 13. Brent Griffiths

    Coach: Graham Arnold

    Yellow Cards: John Hutchinson 88', Daniel McBreen 35', Pedj Bojic 80'
    Red Cards: Nil

    Brisbane Roar FC :
    Player listing:
    1. Michael Theo (gk), 2. Matthew Smith (c), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 5. Ivan Franjic, 6. Erik Paartalu, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 10. Henrique (17. Mitchell Nichols +46’), 11. Ben Halloran (24. Nick Fitzgerald +87’), 19. Jack Hingert (4. Matthew Jurman +70’), 22. Thomas Broich
    Substitutes not used: 20. Matthew Acton (rgk)

    Coach: Rado Vidosic

    Yellow Cards: Besart Berisha 35', Matt Jurman 80', Mitch Nichols 90'
    Red Cards: Nil


    Referee: Chris Beath 7/10
    Assistant referees: Rodney Allen, Lance Greenshields; Fourth official: Tim McGilchrist; Referee Assessor: Roger Doneau; Match Commissioner: Melissa King

    BOTN Player Points:
    3. Nick Montgomery (CCM)
    2. Trent Sainsbury (CCM)
    1. Michael McGlinchey (CCM)

    Pitch rating: 8/10

    Game rating: 8/10

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







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