Glory win at last in Gosford
By Chris Dunkerley:
Hyundai A-League Season 10 – 2014/15 – Round 5
5:00pm, Saturday 9 November, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Central Coast Mariners FC 0
Perth Glory FC 1 (Nebojsa Marinkovic 43′)
Central Coast Mariners FC lost their 3rd straight A-League game on Sunday evening, going down to a wonderfully executed free-kick by Glory import Nebojsa Marinkovic.
It was the first ever win to Perth in Gosford in a reguar A-League game.
Although the Mariners played better than in their last outings, having more posession at home, with more urgency and directness they were unable to break down the Glory’s defence.
They had their chances. In the 39th minute Anthony Caceres let fly with a rocket from 40m which Perth’s former Coast goalkeeper Danny Vukovic could only parry. Mitchell Duke was onto it, but Vukovic was able to make a second save.
Alas just four minutes later John Hutchinson made a needless foul on Mitch Nicholls and Nebojsa Marinkovic curled his fre kick so well placed and with power that even Liam Reddy’s fingertips couldn’t keep it out.
It was to all that was needed for the Glory faithful to take home the three points across the country. Both teams are in diffrent FFA Cup semi finals this week, and thus may meet if both are successful.
Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss said afterwards, “I thought we completely dominated the first half and I have said all along that I am a process driven coach, and I stick by that. I want my team to play a good brand of football, a brave brand of football playing out from the back.”
“First half I thought we did that and completely dominated. It was just missing the finishing touches in the top third [and] it’s goals that change games”, Moss said.
He continued, “We created some great chances on the back of fantastic build up play and that really impressed me but obviously the result is the disappointing aspect of today’s outing. We copped the sucker-punch and we couldn’t find the equalising goal second half, but I was very confident that if we could have got the equaliser then we would have gone on with it today.”
“We just have to keep playing the football that we want to play, and if the performances are anything to go by then results will start to come,” Moss concluded.
Central Coast Mariners FC
12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 2. Storm ROUX, 4. Jacob POSCOLIERO, 7. John HUTCHINSON (c), 9. Mitchell DUKE, 10. Anthony CACERES, 11. Nick FITZGERALD (17. Richard VERNES +82’), 18. Glen TRIFIRO (14. Malick MANÉ +78’), 21. Michael NEILL, 23. Isaka CERNAK (15. Matt SIM +61’), 25. Eddy BOSNAR
Substitutes not used: 1. Matt NASH (rgk), 3. Joshua ROSE
Yellow cards: John Hutchinson
Red cards: Nil
Coach: Phil Moss
Perth Glory FC
1. Danny VUKOVIC (Gk), 5. Rostyn GRIFFITHS (13. Diogo FERREIRA +77’), 6. Dino DJULBIC, 7. Youssouf HERSI, 9. Andrew KEOGH, 10. Nebojša MARINKOVIC (11. Richard GARCIA +74’), 15. Jamie MACLAREN (20. Daniel DE SILVA +71’), 17. Mitchell NICHOLS, 19. Joshua RISDON, 21. Scott JAMIESON, 23. Michael THWAITE (c)
Substitutes not used: 2. Jack CLISBY, 30. Jordan THURTELL (rgk)
Red Cards: Nil
Coach: Kenny Lowe
Referee: Peter Green 8/10
Assistant Referees – 1. David Walsh, 2. Owen Goldrick; Fourth Official: Matthew Cropper
BOTN Player Points:
3. Michael Thwaite (PG)
2. Andy Keogh (PG)
1. Michael Neill (CCM)
Pitch rating: 8/10
Game rating: 7/10
By Chris Dunkerley
Photo: Archive photo by Lowenna Rappo, for BOTN