Yeboah scorcher sank Mariners
By Chris Dunkerley
Hyundai A-League 2013/14 season, Round 5
5:00pm, Sunday 10 November, 2013
Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Brisbane Roar FC 1
(Kwame Yeboah 89′)
Central Coast Mariners FC went down 1-0 to their old foes Brisbane Roar FC in Gosford on Sunday, with a crowd of 8,303 out on a cool and damp evening.
A scorching strike from Roar’s substitute Kwame Yeboah in the penultimate minute of normal time was all that separated the two sides.
It was a very balanced game with neither side being able to make many chances as the midfield battles raged.
The best chance in the first half was to Henrique who drew a top notch diving save out of debuting home ‘keeper Liam Reddy.
A controversial decision by referee Ben Williams to over-rule his far side assistant and deny a penalty call for hand-ball against an otherwise excellent James Donachie was the talking point of the half time break.
The second half saw more chances with Franjic and Henrique drawing saves out of Liam Reddy. Henrique hit a ball in the 77th minute that nutmegged Reddy, but was cleared off the line by Trent Sainsbury backing up.
The best chance for the home side was a swerving, possibly deflected, shot from range on the left by Joshua Rose. Alas for the home fans it cannoned off the left upright.
A substitution made by Roar coach Mike Mulvey in the 87th minute turned master stroke, as Kwame Yeboah received the ball 25m out side on to goal. He was given space to turn left and in a fluid movement sent the ball high into the net with Reddy grasping to cover. 0-1
Returning Daniel McBreen, who had a frustrated night ‘not quite connecting’ with Marcos Flores, hit a good chance just over the crossbar a minute later; but it was not the Mariners evening.
After being quizzed about the hand-ball call he went on to admit that, “as a team we gave the ball away too cheap, and we hurt ourselves. When you give the ball away as much as we did then you are going to get punished by a good side like Brisbane. Brisbane probably deserved to win … anyone who finishes ahead of them is going to be successful this season.”
“If Liam Reddy gets man of the match, that says enough”, he added. “Extra sessions in the next fortnight”, he predicted.
Central Coast Mariners FC
Player listing: 12. Liam REDDY (gk), 3. Joshua ROSE, 5. Zachary ANDERSON, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 10. Marcos FLORES (19. Matt SIMON +77’), 11. Nick FITZGERALD (21. Mile STERJOVSKI +66’), 16. Trent SAINSBURY
Substitutes not used: 1. Justin PASFIELD (gk), 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 17. Anthony CACERES
Coach: Graham Arnold
Yellow Cards: Nick FITZGERALD 51’
Red Cards: Nil
Brisbane Roar FC
Player listing: 1. Michael THEO (gk), 2. Matt SMITH (c), 5. Ivan FRANJIC, 10. HENRIQUE (29. Kwame YEBOAH +87’), 15. James DONACHIE, 17. Matt McKAY, 18. Luke BRATTAN, 19. Jack HINGERT, 22. Thomas BROICH, 23. Dimitri PETRATOS, 26. Corey BROWN
Substitutes not used: 20. Matthew ACTON (rgk), 14. Diogo FERREIRA, 27. Devante CLUT, 28. Brandon BORRELLO
Coach: Mike Mulvey
Yellow cards: Matt SMITH 59’, Matt McKAY 90’+3
Red Cards: Nil
Referee: Ben Williams 6/10
Assistants: Allyson Flynn, Greg Taylor; 4th official: Stephen Lucas
BOTN Player Points:
3. Liam Reddy (CCM)
2. Corey Brown (BR)
1. Joshua Rose (CCM)
Pitch rating: 9/10
Game rating: 7/10
By Chris Dunkerley
Photos: Lowenna Rappo