Phoenix rise to the occasion

By Chris Dunkerley:
Hyundai A-League Season 10 – 2014/15 – Round 2
5:00pm, Saturday 18 October, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford

Central Coast Mariners FC 1 (og. Thomas Doyle 12′)
lost to
Wellington Phoenix FC  2
(Michael McGlinchey 35’, Nathan Burns 54′)

Central Coast Mariners FC gave a better performance than last weekend but it was the visting ‘Nix that took the points home, winning 2-1 in Gosford on Satuday evening.

The Mariners started well, putting pressure on the visitors and it was a deserved lead in the 12th minute. It wasn’t from a Mariners player however – as it was defender Thomas Doyle who had the last touch, as he tried to keep the ball away from Matt Sim coming through, but steered it past his kepper, Glen Moss, instead. 1-0

The Phoenix lifted and were rewarded with a goal in the 35th minute.  Jeremy Brockie ran into the area shielding the ball from newcomer Jacob Poscoliero. The debutante was sucked into fouling the Kiwi striker. His penalty was lifted onto the bar, but the rebound was headed home past Liam Reddy in the Coast goal, by former Mariner Michael McGlinchey. 1-1

A goal by the Phoenix in the 54th minute was enough the take the game for the visitors.  Malick Mane lost possession and the ball quickly went to the other end.  Michael McGlinchey took two players out with a deft back-heel to an overlapping Doyle. The young defender made amends for his earlier gaff by sending in  a perfect cross past the far  post  on the right. It was met by Jeremy Brockie who headed back in to Nathan Burns lurking in the box. Burns swept the ball into the net.  2-1

The Mariners lifted following substitutions  late in the game, and as the ‘Nix tried to seal the game.  In the 78th minute Matt Sim lobbed the ball from the left goal-line over to substitute Nick Fitzgerald, whose shot slammed onto the post.  One minute later substitute  Glen Trifiro made a run into the area but his shot on target was palmed away by Glen Moss.

“We gifted them two goals and at this level you can’t do that,” Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss said post-game.
“We took the lead and we pride ourselves on this being a fortress at Central Coast Stadium – when you go 1-nil up you can’t afford to give away goals of any sort, let alone gift-wrapped.”
“Ironically, I thought the overall performance this week was much better than last week. Last week we got three points, and this week we’ve got nothing to show for it.”
“I was very happy with the impact that Trifiro, Fitzgerald and Caceres all had. They’re quality footballers and they’re unlucky not to be in the starting eleven at the moment, so I thought all three of them came in and did extremely well and gave us momentum off the bench.”
“We’ve now got two weeks to prepare for Sydney and there are some selection decisions to be made, certainly.”
“I know I have 24 players to choose from, and any one of them deserves to play first eleven, they all work so hard for themselves, for the team, for me, every week. We’ve got two weeks now to prepare for Sydney, so training form will count for a fair bit in the next two weeks.”
The Mariners now have a weekend off due to the deferred Wanderers game, and the ‘Nix head back over the ditch to host the Jets next Sunday.

MATCH STATS:
Crowd:  7,237

Central Coast Mariners FC
Player listing:  12. Liam REDDY (gk),  2. Storm ROUX, 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Jacob POSCOLIERO, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY (10. Anthony CACERES +64’), 9. Mitchell DUKE, 14. Malick MANÉ (11. Nick FITZGERALD +72’), 15. Matthew SIM, 25. Eddy BOSNAR, 26. KIM Seung-yong (18. Glen TRIFIRO +55’)
Substitutes not used: 1. Matthew NASH (rgk), 5. Zachary ANDERSON
Coach:  Phil Moss
Yellow Cards:  Poscoliero, Roux, Reddy
Red Cards:  Nil

Wellington Phoenix FC
Player listing:   1. Glen MOSS (gk), 2. Manny MUSCAT, 4. Rolieny BONEVACIA (16. Louis FENTON +71’), 8. Alex RODRIGUEZ, 9. Nathan BURNS, 10. Michael MCGLINCHEY (17. Vince LIA +85’), 11. Jeremy BROCKIE (7. Kenny CUNNINGHAM +79’), 13. Albert RIERA, 18. Benjamin SIGMUND, 19. Thomas DOYLE, 22. Andrew DURANTE (c)
Substitutes not used: 5. Michael BOXALL, 20. Lewis ITALIANO (rgk)
Coach:  Ernie Merrick
Yellow Cards: Brockie
Red Cards:  Nil

Ratings:
Referee:  Ben Williams   7/10
Assistant Referees – 1: Allyson Flynn,Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick; Fourth Official: Luke Withell (all from ACT)

BOTN Player Points:
3.  Nathan Burns (WP)
2.  Michael McGlinchey (WP)
1.  Mitchell Duke (CCM)

Pitch rating:   8/10
Game rating: /10

By Chris Dunkerley