Welcome win on the road for Victory

By Chris Dunkerley:

Hyundai A-League – Season 2013/2014 – Round 18

5:30pm, Saturday 8 February, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1 (Bernie Ibin-Isei 11′)

lost to
Melbourne Victory FC 3

(James Troisi 45’+1, 62′, Archie Thompson 50′)

Central Coast Mariners went down to a 3-1 defeat by Melbourne Victory in the round 18 Hyundai A-League clash at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford; on Saturday evening in front of 9,138 fans.

Rocked by the transfer loss of key defender Trent Sainsbury and golden boot holder Daniel McBreen, on top of the recent losses of Marcos Flores, and Michael McGlinchey, the home side could have been expected to struggle. In fact they dominated large sections of the first half but failed to nail Melbourne Victory while they had them; Ibini-Isei missing a second.

The early goal by Bernie Ibini-Isei lifted spirits at the stadium. Joshua Rose got up wide on the left and cut inside, angling the ball across goal to where Ibini-Isei forced it in; despite the best efforts of Victory ‘keeper Nathan Coe. 1-0

Alas, just entering into stoppage time at the end of the first half, this fans pulse rate rose with a very soft free-kick being awarded to Guilherme Finkler just outside the penalty area on the left. The Argentine has scored from there before! His strike beat Mariners custodian Liam Reddy and cannoned off the underside of the crossbar. The defence was slow to react and James Troisi was to the ball and slotted it past Reddy. 1-1

In the 50th minute the visitors got behind the Mariners defence on the left and Adama Traore sent in a solid cross, finding Archie Thompson running in – and the veteran striker slammed it home giving Reddy no chance. A hint of off-side but the goal stood, and the lead was well deserved. 1-2

The Mariners had a soft, but clear penalty inside the area ruled outside the area.

Melbourne’s James Troisi found the net for the second time in the 62nd minute beating Reddy at his left post, after receiving from former Mariner and on-loan Celtic FC midfielder Tomas Rogic. 1-3

The final scoreline was perhaps a little flattering to the visitors but at least they put their two 0-5 drubbings behind them.

With out-of-season new defensive signing Eddy Bosnar coming off exhausted after 77 minutes the hosts however had shown the disruptions hurt but maybe can turned around as Bosnar, ex-Glory man Isaka Cernak (who came on positively as a late sub), and awaited new signing Kim Seung-Yong can get match fit.

Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss said, “I think we can certainly take some positives out of this. “I am very happy with my players and the way they fought until the end. No one threw the towel in, everyone was fighting until the end and we could have had another couple of goals on another day.”
“I was very happy with our first half performance,” he added. “I thought we did very well and we probably should have gone 2-0 up with Bernie’s chance, but it wasn’t to be.”
“It’s a rebuilding year and we’re going to get these results in a rebuilding year. We just have to bounce back next week,” he said.

Match details
Crowd: 9,138

Central Coast Mariners FC: 12. Liam Reddy (gk); 15. Storm Roux, 25. Eddy Bosnar, 5. Zachary Anderson, 3. Joshua Rose; 7. John Hutchinson, 21. Mile Sterjovski, 20. Bernie Ibini, 17. Anthony Caceres, 11. Nick Fitzgerald; 19. Matthew Simon, 9. Mitchell Duke

Subs not used: 1. Justin Pasfield (rgk), 29. Matthew Sim
Cards: Anthony Caceres 75′ (YC)

Coach: Phil Moss

Melbourne Victory FC: 1. Nathan Coe (gk), 2. Pablo Contreras, 3. Adama Traore, 4. Nicholas Ansell, 6. Leigh Broxham (c), 7. Guilherme Finkler, 10. Archie Thompson, 14. James Troisi, 16. Rashid Mahazi (5. Mark Milligan +71′), 21. Tomas Rogic (17. James Jeggo +80’), 24. Scott Galloway (23. Adrian Leijer +90’+1’)

Subs not used: 13. Andrew Nabbout, 30. Keegan Coulter (rgk)
Cards: Scott Galloway 30′ (YC), James Troisi 33′ (YC), Nathan Coe +83′ (YC)

Coach: Kevin Muscat

Points and ratings

Referee: Matthew Gillett 5/10
Assistants: Ryan Gallagher, Andrew Lindsay; 4th official – Tim McGilchrist

Game: 7/10
Pitch: 9/10

Player points:
3. Guilherme Finkler (MV)
2. John Hutchinson (CCM)
1. Leigh Broxham (MV)

By Chris Dunkerley

Photo: Archive photo of a Mariners game at Central Coast Stadium , by Lowenna Rappo for BOTN